Dubbed the ’lamest government secret ever’, by Barbara Ellen in The Observer, the "John Lewis" list, for those of you that don’t know, is the revelation that MPs are allowed to claim up to £23,000 of public money to furnish their second homes in London. It is called the John Lewis list because the allowances on what is a reasonable claim are based on the prices from that retailer. The list had been kept a secret, from both public and MPs, amid fears that they would always claim the maximum if they knew what it was, was published in response to a request under the freedom of information act.
This statement by Ellen just made me giggle, sad politics student that I am; ’This has to be the lamest government secret ever – "You are allowed £200 for a nest of tables." Watergate eat your heart out.’