The ever impressive Eric Pickles has written to the less impressive Gus O'Donnell
"It is clear that Labour ministers have intentionally broken Cabinet Office rules in an attempt to create a political smokescreen.
"They are trying to hide the fact that police authorities across the country are now axing the number of police officers, whilst hiking the police levy on council tax bills."
He added: "I fear that this is growing evidence of the politicisation of the civil service under Labour, as ministers desperately try to salvage a sinking election campaign."
Of course the Labour government believe that normal rules do not apply to them, after all they are "the political wing of the British people".