Nice to know that the "brown envelope" works the other side of the pond.

This is the deal:

County Commissioner instructs employee to monitor other employees e-mail. This is discovered, and the Commissioner admits to it, but gives no explanation.

The employee loses his job, but the commissioner still has his

Reminds me of the songs:

"Indiana calling............................." Yeah, but I'm not answering the phone

Or perhaps:

"Home of the brave, land of the free,
Why can't we be as bent as we wannabe?"

Story is here:

The moral is to be very careful of doing what your boss asks, particularly if he/she/it is a political appointee.