As a person who has worked helping disadvantaged people into work, including working at one stage in close partnership with our local prison, I was somewhat cheered today to discover that landing a job after serving time at the pleasure of her majesty seems much easier than it used to be.
Only 3 months after leaving the nick, the esteemed Chris Huhne, onetime star of the Liberal Party (and leadership contender against Nick), has found himself a nice little part-time job for two days a week.
So, he's not stacking shelves at Tesco under the benevolent Mr Duncan Smith's slave labour programme: that's 5 days a week.
Nor is he using the talents he may have learned while doing stir: sewing mail bags, making porridge, or mopping corridors and fetching the governor's tea.
However, experience in a past post, the one he had just before he was caught and convicted, must have stood him in good stead for the new post.
The ex-Secretary of State, ex-con has been appointed to a senior post with ... an energy company.
Bless him, wasn't it a happy coincidence that before his downfall he was her majesty's secretary of state for....erm energy.
He probably picked up some handy experience. The company obviously think he will be of value to them as his two-day-a-week post seems to pay in the region of £100,000 a year.
If I could just have managed to get that kind of result for the lads I worked with, how proud I would have been (and how happy they would have been).
Still there's not that many people could fall from 10 floors up into a pile of horse dung and get up smelling like a rose. Just ex-politicians.