The caricature of British society favoured by multimillionaires David Cameron and George Osborne shows feckless claimants sitting on their sofa or snoozing in bed as they wait for their benefits to be paid.
Julia Tomlinson's rueful acceptance that a damages payout and apology from the Metropolitan Police is "as close as we are going to get to justice" for her unlawfully killed husband Ian is a sad reflection of police impunity.
First they came for the sick, disabled and jobless, then they came for the public sector. Now the government is implementing some of the most dangerous and racially divisive policies on our streets for decades.
The report delivered by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) confirms the already widespread perception that police stop and search powers do more harm than good in the battle against crime.