'The mess' David Laws finds himself in
David Laws is a millionaire who gave up a career in the City to become a Lib Dem MP with - or so it seemed at the time - no prospect of power. So his offer to pay back £40,000 hardly proves the absurd cliche "they're all in it for themselves, they're all the same".
His explanation for the mess he's now in seems to be that he claimed rent and expenses for living with his partner because to do otherwise would reveal to family and friends his private secret - that he was gay.
This sounds believable but will not protect him from the anger his leader sought to exploit when he condemned politicians for "living in a parallel universe".
Mr Laws clearly was, in his living arrangements, at least trying to maintain a parallel and private universe. His critics will point out that he was doing so at public expense - although he could easily have made other much more expensive arrangements - and possibly in breach of the rules.
My hunch is that he will keep his job but lose something else he valued much more - his privacy and a reputation for being a representative of a new and different politics.
PS: I'm off for a week's half-term break.