The Yates Anthology: Ministers, you have been warned
The most significant political story of the week was the fact that only 46pc of liable households paid their water bills.
A key survival skill of politicians is to know when to disbelieve your own propaganda. Ministers haven't yet figured out the depth of electoral hole they've dug for themselves.
Way beyond financial significance for the Exchequer of household water charges is the direct impact it'll have on the next election. Behind spin and spoof of this being a "solid start", campaign realists know that there's now a massive incentive for voters to oppose government candidates in order to directly ditch water liabilities.