Members of the public have been voicing their anger at revelations that a less-than-significant ex-minister has been acceopting money to influence policy in the dying days of a government.
Ex-Minister for Transport Stephen Byers has referred himself to the Commissioner for Parliamentary Standards after tape emerged of Byers comparing himself to "a cab for hire"
Labour Head office have denied that there is any need for an investigation, despite two other ministers having been seen late at night on street corners around Westminster, asking passing lobbyists "If they want to go somewhere for a policy discussion, big boy?".
"We see this as being something that is entirely the fault of this trio of Tony Blair's closest friends. Gordon always maintained a distance from them, knowing them to be wrong 'uns", said a Downing Street spokesman.
Other MP's and ministers have since come out universally in condemnation of Byers, Hoon and Hewitt- many saying that the trio's "low, low prices" were having an impact on what they could charge for their services.
In the street, voters are equally swingeing in their comments. Plumber Eric Stead said "Five big to influence policy? Mug! I would have asked that just for the first 45 minutes."