Times are hard. Austerity is still with us. Government spending is under the thumb and front line police services are under pressure...
Not that seems to be bothering our top cop sir Bernard Hogan-Howe who sees having a shiny new motor as essential for keeping up appearances as being very, very important. To this end our status conscious Met Chief was accused of demanding - yes, demanding - that finance chiefs shell out for a three-litre Range Rover Vogue SE kitted out with TV screens and DVD players.
Days after he quietly took delivery of the vehicle, he said in a high-profile interview that Home Office spending curbs expected to reach £1 billion in four years would jeopardise public safety.
Sir Bernard earnted a basic salary of £275,550 in 2014-15 along with £12,264 worth of benefits, but also receives ‘vehicles and driver for security purposes’ and a flat in Central London. He already had a 2010 registration Range Rover but it's just not right for such an important man to be seen in such an old motor, is it?
And to top it all off he and wife Marion are both allowed to drive the Met vehicles on personal trips.
Nice work if you can get and once again concrete proof that our public 'servants' still have their snouts firmly in the trough...
More news on the ludicrous way this government has completely lost the plot when it comes to dealing with the migrant crisis...
Say hello to Abdul Rahman Haroun, a 40 year old Sudanese man who walked the 31 miles through the Channel Tunnel just before Christmas. Now you might think that this was a mammoth feat of endurance - it took him 11 hours after all - and deserves to be rewarded. The government might agree with you. I certainly don't.
Personally, having intercepted him at the British end, I would have stuck him on the next train back to France. Instead they rewarded him by granting him asylum. Quite why I'm not sure as the last time I looked Sudan wasn't a war zone and certainly isn't in Syria, is it?
And it gets worse. He was charged with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway under the Malicious Damage Act 1861. However in view of the granting of asylum, the charges are to be dropped.
Eurotunnel summed it up nicely : "We believe that it is something that can only act as an incentive to other illegal immigrants to seek to enter the country. We had hoped the authorities would use the full force of the law as a dissuasive measure."
Damian Collins, the Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe, commented "People who break the law should lose the right to asylum. What we want to do is send a message to those people in Calais that if you try and break into our country by hiding in vehicles or trains – or by walking through the Channel Tunnel – you will immediately lose your right to making an asylum claim in this country. This is completely the wrong message to send to other migrants waiting in Calais."
So the migrants get a new poster boy. They are encouraged to give it a go because we are a soft touch. And the French are pissing themselves laughing at us.
In fact the French are so impressed that they are setting up a new migrant camp on the Channel coast near Dunkirk to encourage them to give it a go.