The sheer volume of complaints we are hearing following the scandal of the seven-bedroom mansion handed to the Saindi family shows the strength of feeling among thousands waiting in vain for a home in Ealing.
It is unsurprising that the fiasco has inflamed those who have spent years at the bottom of the housing waiting list with no real prospect of being housed by the council, many of whom have a recognised need for support.
Chronic shortages of social housing affect the whole of London, not just Ealing, but that should not make the authority complacent.
Hard work is needed to ensure best use of existing homes and to negotiate as much social housing as possible.
FEARS over the safety of taxpayers' money have resurfaced following the nationalisation of the Icelandic bank Glitnir, which holds £2m of Ealing Council reserves.
And the potential loss is made worse by the fact that two years ago the stability of the Icelandic banks was questioned and apparent warnings may have gone unheeded.
But compared to other councils which have multi-million pound investments in the failed Icelandic banks, Ealing should be commended for spreading its investments to ensure minimal risk to taxpayer's money.