Tony Blair should be disgusted with himself this morning. All those Cabinet Ministers who have spent the last 10 years positioning themselves and twisting the agenda to benefit their own personal futures should look at today's UNICEF report in total self-disgust.
But today's report is not just a damning verdict on the Government and New Labour, even though they should shoulder the majority of the blame for creating a culture where the state eats money, creating jobs for Civil Servants, generating a politically-correct, bureaucratic monstrosity that does little to benefit the people that need it most, yet where the state justifies its actions through a culture of deceit, employing people to eat up more money finding the best ways of deceiving the general public into thinking they are actually getting something from the increasing amounts of money they are throwing at the state.
In truth it is our political system at the top that counts. Politicians and political parties at the National level are obsessed with power and obsessed with doing whatever it takes to create their own personal power. All, once again, at the expense of the people that need it most.
Today's report should be a wake up call for all politicians, to realise that politics is about improving society not personal bank balances and power bases. If there is any justice, this report would be the impetus for New Labour to ditch Blair, Brown et al, rather than waiting for the result of current investigations into possible dodgy practices.
But, despite the strongest evidence yet that the Labour Party in power has, once again, failed the people it claims to represent, its elected MPs will be content to stagger along, lacking the confidence and the guts to do what they know needs to be done.
David Cameron should wake up this morning and vow to reinvigorate his pledge to restore power to a local level and to vow to get rid of our money eating bureaucracies and pass the money into services that deliver for the people in the areas that most matter to the people.