Ex-head of the CBI and former Trade Minister, Lord Digby Jones, has been involved in an exercise in stating the bleeding obvious this morning.
[Lord Jones] described the civil service as "honest, stuffed full of decent people who work hard".
But he added: "Frankly the job could be done with half as many, it could be more productive, more efficient, it could deliver a lot more value for money for the taxpayer.
"I was amazed, quite frankly, at how many people deserved the sack and yet that was the one threat that they never ever worked under, because it doesn't exist."
Really? You don't say! You'll be telling us local councils are over-staffed next.
In fact, the only surprising part of this story is that Lord Jones was "amazed" at this revelation of what we all knew anyway. It also seems pointless to mention the situation - as if Labour are remotely interested in doing anything about it.