Alan Duncan apology
A bit of a slip from Alan Duncan, Shadow Leader of the House, picked up by the Evening Standard this morning.
Secret filming done by a campaigning group shows him using strong language as he complains MPs have to "live on rations" and get treated badly - after being questioned about his expense claims.
Now he's "apologised unreservedly" for the remarks he made on the Terrace of the House of Commons, a rarefied drinks spot if ever there was one and said they were "meant in jest".
But his comments reveal an attitude that persists among some MPs. Despite public mea culpas some members do feel as if they as a group have been dragged over the coals unfairly.
I don't imagine that many readers of this blog will feel much sympathy for him, and his apology shows that. He's just told the BBC:
"The last thing people want to hear is an MP whingeing about his pay and conditions.
"It is a huge honour to be an MP and my remarks, although meant in jest, were completely uncalled for. I apologise for them unreservedly."
Mr Duncan's comments, also display what is perhaps a more serious concern, that after the whole expenses saga and the vilification of MPs, potential politicians might well have been put off aiming for Westminster. I
It's embarrassing for Mr Duncan that his view has come out this way, but it is something many in Westminster worry about.
Update, 17:30: It's crystal clear from comments posted here through the day that anger over MPs' expenses is still burning brightly.
Alan Duncan, who we understand is out of the country on holiday, might have hoped that saying sorry for his comments would be enough.
But think how hard David Cameron has tried to suggest that Conservative MPs are cleaning up their act faster than any other party.
And certainly, some MPs who fell foul of the expenses row felt the wrath of the leadership (still a sore point in some parts of the party that think Mr Cameron has protected his friends whose claims were exposed, but dealt harshly with others).
Add that to the fact that Mr Duncan isn't the best loved member of the shadow cabinet, by his colleagues or grassroots activists, and I think we can expect Mr Cameron to take a pretty dim view of his frontbencher's gaffe.
This may be a story has caught light in the quiet of the summer holidays, but given the ongoing sensitivity of MPs' expenses, it might not be over yet.