That is how Alan Johnson brilliantly described Sir Thomas's little task over the summer months.
Today we get Act 2, Scene 1 of the MPs’ expenses scandal. Star of the show will Gordon Brown closely followed by Alistair Darling and Geoff Hoon. Other guests will join in with sackfulls of our money.
If that isn't enough to keep us all amused, there will be a separate sideshow starring a smiling Jacqui Smith, who has got away with saying her main home was in London.
The “solution” is not to the liking of Sir Stuart Bell. He has put it about that Sir Thomas has been a naughty boy and not read the script:
Many MPs feel he has not stayed within that remit. He is not respecting the decisions that were made by the Fees Office in accordance with the rules.
Our beleaguered MPs could invoke the “Irish Principle” and instruct Legg to revisit his audit until he comes up with the right answer.
Let us hope they all do what is honourable, pay the money back and then we can all move on.