The news that tomorrow's police reforms will, in the words of the Times crime correspondent...

"scrap dozens of inspection requirements on forces and beef up HMIC"

...shouldn't come as a surprise - the flipside of the Coalition wanting us to run our own public services is that it doesn't want to pay to inspect and improve the ones it has, although quite how the inevitable corruption and decline in standards is tackled by the 'Big Society' escapes me for now. Perhaps Mr. Herbert will tell us?

Anyway that's by the by, what I really wanted to say was 'can anyone else foresee a problem with making the police less accountable to the public?'. Good evening, mind how you go, and don't have nightmares.