Motions on MPs' expenses are like the proverbial London bus. You wait a long time for one to come along and then two arrive at once. Last night the Tories tabled a motion to scrap the so-called "John Lewis list", among other things. Then, hey presto, a few minutes later, the government announced it would table a counter-motion, also claiming to scrap the John Lewis list.
Be careful - just as when you go shopping, it pays to look at the small print. The Tories' way of abolishing the list is to stop MPs claiming for things like fridges and TVs. Labour's way is to abolish the list of guide prices used by Commons officials, but to carry on allowing claims for household goods.
Before you assume that there is a monopoly of virtue on one side or the other, it's worth pondering why the difference in attitude between Tory and Labour MPs.
Labour MPs say to me that it's all very well for a wealthy Tory to claim over £20,000 a year in expenses in mortgage payments for a very pricey house that they had a huge deposit for. Labour MPs on the other hand often have smaller homes, pay off their mortgages because they have to, and therefore feel that they need that extra bit of money to pay for a new kettle or a fridge when it breaks down in their second home. You pays your money, and of course in the ballot box, you makes your choice.
Both motions are largely symbolic but how MPs vote today will indicate whether there is a chance of a new motion on expenses succeeding where the last one failed. It's an indication too that the two big parties now realise there are votes to be gained by being seen to take a lead on cleaning up their own house.