LAST December a team of undercover investigators from Surrey County Council followed a gang of workers hired by Carillion, a company being paid pounds 18million a year of taxpayers' money to maintain roads in the county.
And guess what? These hole-in-the-road gangs were really hard at it - reading papers, drinking tea and scoffing pies from the bakery.
Some did manage to fit some work in, 57 minutes in an eight-hour shift to be precise. Anyone who has driven, at a snail's pace, through so-called roadworks with not a worker in sight might feel inclined to ask: "That long?"