It hardly seems unfair to expect that when it comes to public transport you should get what you pay for.
But as train fares rise by an unreasonable six per cent, it seems that all commuters are getting for their money is a headache.
Trains run by First Great Western are still too often late, badly run, overcrowded and a poor reflection on the franchise.
Rail users should no longer have to cough up so much for the privilege of using a second-class rail service. The time is long past for operators to be called to account over unjustified price hikes.
The borough's health chiefs and Ealing Hospital are caught between a rock and a hard place when faced with staff shortages - they either accept vacant posts or pay a premium for temps.
No-one wants to see medics working twice as hard to make up for absent colleagues and agency staff can hardly be blamed for going where the money is,but in hard times it is astonishing to see the rates being paid.
Perhaps we should hope that a silver lining of the recession will be that doctors and nurses who are attracted to more stable employment will come back to the NHS.