Kel has discovered - some time after everyone else - that the MP for Leigh has claimed less than £50 for petrol in the last three years. Burnham’s constituents might find that reassuring: their man clearly only claims what he needs, and at a far from extravagant 45p a mile. But that cuts no ice with Kelvin McFilth.
And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, as Kel admits, Burnham “has never been upbraided for his exes”. So when the Telegraph exposed the likes of Michael “Oiky” Gove and his kitchen claim, or Young Dave for his wisteria clearing, or any number of other creative expense-claiming excuses, Burnham was being meticulous and staying within both the letter and spirit of the rules. There is nothing wrong with that.