Prudence has been wincing every time the pinched countenance of Commonwealth Treasury staffer Godwin Grech has appeared on the news.
For all the jokes about flexi-time and extra holidays, the life of a public servant is a beholden one. This doesn't usually appear on the evening news, however.
Prudence, who doesn't know the beleaguered Mr Grech, but has been listening to talk-back radio contributions from people who do, has great difficulty believing he wrote the offending email about preferential treatment of a car dealer by the Prime Minister's office.
It would appear now that Mr Grech, who most probably has a mortgage and other such financial constraints about his person, has lost his career.