From Iain Dale's blog:
The thing is. While entertaining Rosie Palm and her five daughters, Richard Timney hasn't, in theory, done anything wrong. The rules allow MPs not just to claim for mortgage interest on a second home, but also to furnish it and pay for "services". These include Cable TV and Sky. Perhaps individual PPV films don't qualify, but in the rules there is nothing to stop film and sport packages being claimed for, as well as news channels.
I believe an honest mistake has been made for the simple reason that you would not believe how inept people can be in dealing with such things, but even so, nothing illegal has been done. Hence a flash in the pan.
That said, it is a small reminder, as with the McNulty case, that some of the rules need changing and new guidelines introduced. That way it's not just a moral issue or a potential moral issue!