I am puzzled by the closing of the thread: 'Are MPs any better than looters', or was it: 'Are civil servants any better than looters' ? Two national Sunday newspapers carry the story of Sir Augustine O'Donnell's refusal to allow details of civil servants' expenditures through their TAX PAYERS funded credit cards. Why is this Blairite appointee, long past his sell-by date, allowed to flout the will of elected parliamentarians and the people? We, the tax-payers, should have every detail of the expenditure of OUR tax monies. I had no idea that civil servants had the power and ability to plock the will of a democratically elected administration - was this 'power' brought in by Blair and Campbell? I think we should be told.