Tha Government has paid back to our County Council £1.2m after the cost of the Earl Shilton by-pass spiralled. Part of the problem was down to great crested newts, a protected species. A Councillor explained that, beside being a long and difficult project:
"The newts are the reason that most people remember it. It was frustrating for us because they were not there when we started work.
Suddenly, there were signs of their presence and we had to stop. I'm still not sure if anyone actually saw a newt..."
How eerie, however did they get there; can it be that we have flying newts in Leicestershire?
Meanwhile, the full list of MP's expenses have now been published. Well, except that it's been censored as we knew it would be. MPs also appear to be a protected species and the public must be kept in the dark still about certain of their habitats, even though that will excite more speculation about the nature of the censored items and the porkers - sorry, MPs - who claimed for them.
When will they understand that none of them will be trusted, or wanted in government while they continue to regard the public as idiots?
Like the mysterious newt, pigs might fly...