Has the Home Secretary come under such criticism because she claimed a "TV package" on expenses, or because that package included two pornographic films?
The BBC says: "MPs can claim for subscription television services but they have to be used wholly, exclusively and necessarily to perform their duties."
Had Smith only claimed for the latter films, I'm sure she wouldn't now be facing quite such criticism and anger – but what, really, would be the difference? The same rule would have been broken.
This suggests that the anger aimed at Smith is fuelled in part by people's feelings towards (legal) pornography, and not solely by misuse of the expenses system.
Anyone care to agree or disagree with me?