Although the pothole situation in the UK isn't exactly up there with the Syrian crisis or the famines of Africa, the state that our roads are now in is an absolute disgrace.

According to research released by Britannia Rescue this week, there is now one pot hole for almost every single mile in the UK. As a result, local councils have had to cough up approximately £2.5 million in compensation to drivers whose vehicles have been damaged during the last year.

In total there have been almost 33,000 claims in 12 months, with the worst areas being Lincolnshire and Leeds.

Yet according to the Department for Transport there is actually nothing wrong with the roads in the United Kingdom, or indeed the way the repairs for them are funded.

A spokesman for the DoT said this week, "This government has set aside just under £6 billion for English highway authorities over the course of the next parliament for local highways maintenance - which is enough to fill 19 million potholes per year." In other words; "There is no pothole crisis in our opinion, and even if there is, don't blame us."

The irony is that I am writing these words having just spent a few days in southern Spain, where the roads were once appalling but which are now, thanks partly to the UK tax payer, pretty much perfect by comparison.