The mind truly boggles sometimes.
Economic times are hard for us all, Brighton businesses are struggling, unemployment is on the rise - and the council is frittering money away: about £1m so far this year, and it's only the second week of January!
On Monday we learned that the local taxpayer is going to have to meet the costs of a new £500,000 caretaker's cottage at the Falmer Academy - because the council demolished the old one by accident.
And next week the cabinet looks set to give the go-ahead to a £1m facelift of a city centre car park, half of the costs of which were only deemed necessary after work had already started.
Is it just me, or do the council's political masters and mistresses seem completely incompetent here? The Falmer Academy looks set to be a disaster for the council: already staff are up in arms about pay, the bills are mounting up and academics and teachers seem to be queueing up to criticise the plans. It seems it's not just the children of Moulsecomb and Coombe Road who will end up paying the price for this privatisation fiasco.
And as for the car park? Couldn't the council find a better way to promote sustainable transport in the city?
Sooner or later voters will kick these idiots out of office in favour of a Green Party administration - and when they do I promise this: there will be no more academy schools in Brighton, no privatisation of essential services, no demolition of perfectly good cottages, and a sustainable transport plan for the city that sees our dependence on ever-more car journeys into the centre banished back into twentieth century where it belongs. We need better, and more affordable, publicly-owned public transport - and improved facilities for cyclists and pedestrians before we spent vast sums of tapayers' cash on car parks.