I’m not going to comment on the Derek Conway matter, other than to say I would have thought he had more sense.
But I will say again, as I have before, that we must not generalize and let individual cases tar the whole system.
In fact, the House of Commons authorities have strict rules about Members’ staff, will only include them on the payroll if there is a proper contract of employment, and these days there are also scales of appropriate payment for particular jobs.
Most of the wives, sons and daughters, and a few husbands, who work for their spouse or parent are doing a fairly thankless job, working hard, and putting in long hours to do all in their power to make sure the MP is providing a good service to his/her constituents.
Part of the time that I worked in the Commons, I had the privilege to be located around the other side of the horseshoe that was the Lower Ministerial Corridor from the office of Neil Hamilton, where the doughty Christine presided. I can say with absolute certainty, not least because of the volume of her voice, that here was one MP’s wife who was in the office and working hard all day.