Are the Metropolitan Police "evasive, dishonest or lethargic" - or perhaps all three?
That was the question posed in the House of Commons by Alan Johnson - the man who was Home Secretary until May last year.
What surprised me during yesterday's Commons debate about phone hacking was how little faith the people who make our laws seem to have in the people who enforce them.
Criticism focused mainly on the News of the World and the newspaper industry in general. This was both predictable and deserved, however upsetting that may be for those of us who work for newspapers and have never been involved in hacking or similar practices.
But it's not just the media that MPs have in their sights. The police, and the Metropolitan Police in particular, should be worried.