another national politician be found guilty of fiddling his expenses, with a real expectation that he will be sentenced to a spell inside at Her Majesty's pleasure.
The past year has seen four former Labour MPs rightly tread the same route, another Tory Lord still waiting to hear his fate, and two Lib Dem current or former Cabinet ministers face questioning by the police.
The wider public are sick of this behaviour.
No one is served, however, by the type of recent intemperate language used by a local politician simply to score cheap, partisan points. Shouldn't this be the time to set a better example than those they criticise?
Let's hope this is an end to it all.