Jacqui Smith stays with her sister in South London and pays her rent for a room which she now calls her primary residence.
Her husband - paid £40,000p.a. by us, the taxpayer - sits at what is claimed as the second home.
The Homes Secretary can claim council tax (IIRC), fit out, repair and cover mortgage interest payments for such a residence.
Anyone with an ounce of self-respect, honour, integrity and professionalism would class the room she rents at her sister's house as the second home.
It is not good enough to say that the claims conformed to the letter of the law. It is just as, if not more important to obey the spirit of the law.
For such acts and attitude from any public servant is appalling. For it to be held by the Home Secretary is an outrage. She had the bare-faced cheek to demand that only one question be asked on the matter. Pure and simple she cannot cope with reality and wishes to avoid being held to account, to avoid freedom of speech and to manipulate the message. This, our "Home Secretary".
Jacqui Smith should be sacked, let alone be permitted to step down. However, we are talking about an administration that has not a Tesla, not a Weber in regards to the magnetic polarity of their so-called "moral compass".
New Labour is morally, economically, ideologically and spiritually bankrupt.