LTA must carry the can for failure
The humiliation of Britain's relegation to the third tier of the Davis Cup, which exposed the ongoing struggles of the Lawn Tennis Association, was unacceptable for the majority of tennis followers in this country.
Why then should it be acceptable for those who sit in positions of power; namely the LTA president, the councillors and the board members?
We can only imagine what goes on when the boardroom door is closed (and I'm sure the executives are held to account in meetings) but should someone, somewhere, not be taking a very public stand now that things have hit rock bottom?
Year after year, and not just from the current regime but many before it, we hear the same promises for the future and the same vote of confidence in the latest five-year-plan.
Britain, one of the richest tennis nations in the world, has now lost four Davis Cup ties in a row including three at home.
Next year we have Egypt, Ireland and Monaco for company in Euro Africa Zone II and the earliest we can consider a return to the World Group will be 2012.
Davis Cup rookie Dan Evans lost the deciding rubber as Britain went down 3-2 against Poland in Liverpool
Lithuania, Norway, Bosnia and Estonia, four of the possible opponents for Britain when the draw is made on Wednesday, can't boast a single man inside the world's top 400 between them.
How many more facts are needed? For once it would be nice to hear someone in power breaking rank and calling it like it is.
Some would like to speak out, but are too scared. Others pretend that everything is fine and say nothing.
The LTA annual general meeting, attended by around 200 folk every December, serves as an illustration of this. Hardly anybody, even those who have travelled hundreds of miles to be there, asks a question when invited. Not even a soft one, let alone a probing one.
It is unusual for an under-achieving organisation which receives around £25m every year, plus sponsorship on top, not to be scrutinised a little more robustly by its members and councillors. Or perhaps everyone truly believes it's going to be OK in the end.
Chief executive Roger Draper made it clear in his interview on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday night that nobody will be sacked or asked to resign following the latest shambles - a 3-2 defeat by Poland in the Zone I relegation match.
He also stated that "nobody is panicking", an observation which will be fiercely contested by the panicking organiser of a county junior event this year.
The number of entries in the 10-and-under category in this particular county fell from 40 boys and 10 girls, to nine boys and three girls. Overall, entries were down from 356 to 261.
This is not down to poor organisation, poor publicity, poor weather, poor facilities or whatever. In this part of the country, fewer kids wanted to enter the annual county tennis competition.
It is the sort of report from the field which should not be ignored or, even worse, covered up by a batch of statistics - this is reality and an example of the many stories which fly into my inbox most weeks.
Of course, not everything is horrendous and a lot of good people are doing a lot of good work to try to make a difference.
During his interview, Draper pointed to the emergence of Laura Robson and Heather Watson on the women's side, both junior Grand Slam winners, and an interesting group of 14 and 15-year-old boys currently alerting the talent scouts.
Draper added that when he spoke to the group recently, they said their favourite part of the world to play in was South America and their favourite surface was clay.
This sounds eminently encouraging - the sort of noises British juniors have rarely uttered in the past - and one can only hope that a future star emerges from that batch (heard that before somewhere?).
It is actually my opinion that he should rule himself out of the Davis Cup next season, not just for his own good but also for the long-term benefit of the team.
What is the point of him papering over the cracks? He played three matches in three days against Poland, with an injured wrist, and we still lost.
If Great Britain beat Estonia 3-2 in March, and all the points come from Murray, what have we learned? It is time for other players to step up and take responsibility.
Euro Africa Zone II is a low-profile division in which lower-ranked British players should be able to win live rubbers. Let's get them in and toughen them up.
Murray can then rejoin them for the new campaign in the higher division, knowing his team-mates are better, tougher and more experienced.
The British number one played magnificently in Liverpool although, interestingly, it was against medical advice.
On days two and three, I understand he was expecting to be rested by team officials who had seen the doctor's report on his injured wrist, but because the final decision was left up to him, he felt obliged to play.
Murray will feature again in future matches but, in the Euro Africa wilderness next year, I just don't see the point.