I have never thought of my gaff in the Elephant and Castle as being in a fashionable part of London – though I personally like the area, and I think it is underrated (and hence relatively cheap, considering how central it is).
But I see from this article in The Observer that, unbeknownst to me, I in fact live on the fringe of a fashionable part of the city. Gaby Hinsliff and Conal Walsh criticize Sean Woodward for using his MP’s allowance to pay for an appartment "London’s fashionable South Bank". What is bizarre is that there is no suggestion that Mr Woodward has done anything wrong: he has used his additional cost allowance for exactly the purpose for which it is intended (defraying the costs of a London home that an MP needs to do his or her job) and the article admits that he has claimed no more than he is entitled to. But Ms Hinsliff, the utterly useless political editor of the Observer, seems to think that because Mr Woodward is rich, he should forgo claiming these allowances.