Putting their self interest above the country.
It's obviously not the money is it? Laws was a millionaire. It's the fact that the political elite try to twist the system to benefit themselves once again.
If I try and put a "Thai massage with extras" though as a business expense, the HMRC would simply shake their collective wonk heads, wag their callus free manicured fingers and point me to EIM31660:
To be deductible from the earnings of an employment an expense must be incurred wholly and exclusively in the performance of the duties of the employment.
They would simply and quite rightly refuse it. I know I shouldn't put this through as an expense, however complicated the tax rules are.
Laws knew. He knew it was wrong. He tried to use his sexuality to protect himself. I'm sorry, but it is wrong.
We need FULL transparency, FULL accountability for EVERY penny claimed by the political elite and for them to be subjected to the same rules as the rest of us have with the HMRC.
Better still, simply remove the option of expenses from the political elite and let them chose and pay for the various services out of their "salaries" like the rest of us have to do in business.