It is almost four months since the Observer's scoop about the launch of a fraud investigation into council contractor Kier,but still no sign of the report. Three factors particularly stand out about this situation.
One is that a whistleblower tipped off Harrow Council about the alleged falsifying of work dockets by sub-contractors some time before we broke the story.
So it's surprising the probe has taken this long - anyone would have thought the detective work would have begun as soon as the allegations were made.
Secondly, some members of Harrow Council do not appear to have been approached to give evidence during the inquiry or to have been updated about what has or has not been proven.
Elected councillors ought to be kept in the loop about potential corruption involving work on their constituents' properties.
Councillors could well be in possession of evidence passed to them by tenants who wished to remain anonymous - information that could now prove vital.
Thirdly,every taxpayer in the borough has a right to know sooner rather than later whether individuals in a private company have cheated cash from the public purse.
Staying home isn't a holiday
WE HOPE Harrow Council hasn't invested too much in its scheme to get us to stay in Harrow for our holidays. It's lovely, but staying home can't compete with going on holiday.
In tough economic times people aren't going to stay in Harrow for their holidays because they love the place, they'll stay because they can't afford to go anywhere else.
To try and dress up a decline in spending power as a lifestyle choice and a plug for the council seems a little insensitive.