Now that our country is in the grips of a severe economic crisis, householders are facing soaring costs, including those of the Olympics for Londoners, along with worsening employment security and pension prospects.
With policies of high spending and taxation, the government has left itself facing this crisis with little room for manoeuvre, while there is no bail-out for the taxpayers who find themselves unable to meet the escalating bills which, through other parties' inefficiencies, have been dumped on them.
Our two MPs, meanwhile, along with the rest of our government, have voted themselves a healthy wage increase.
A luxury not available to the majority of the public they represent.
Christmas holidays have also been substantially extended for Members of Parliament, while over the border their Scottish counterparts have shown a better example and have taken a pay cut.
It would, therefore, seem appropriate for Harrow residents to see them actively earning their wages that we fund and constantly fighting until they do achieve a substantial improvement in the grant Harrow receives from central government, thus helping to control at least one bill for residents, council tax.
Likewise, our Conservative administration needs to be consistently showing that they are controlling costs and using our money effectively.
In these difficult times all in charge of our finances, either in government or locally, need to be very aware that they are walking a political tightrope.
One electoral tug on the rope and the show is over.