Friday, 19 February 2010

Turkeys Vote To Conceal Evidence Of Christmas…

Not much to add to this story that Anna Raccoon hasn't already said:
The Government had ordered local authorities to disclose the earnings of all executives after concerns were raised about the size of pay increases granted to council officers.
Two things did strike me, though.
Last year it was disclosed that Andrea Hill, the chief executive of Suffolk county council, was paid £218,000 a year while John Foster, the chief executive of Islington council was paid £210,000.
And they are still unmolested? Their children unaffected?

If so, no excuse for the rest of you.

And then there was this:
Caroline Spelman, the Tory spokesman on local government, said: “Residents have a right to know how their council tax is being spent.”
Hey, if that’s what you really believe, Caroline, how about bringing your own council executives to heel, then?
Wandsworth borough council, a flagship Tory local authority, warned that “families could be at risk of abuse and children of bullying due to press misrepresentation of data” .
Get cracking, Caroline. Otherwise, people might conclude you were just another useless politician prepared to say anything, mightn't they?

4 comments:

Attila the hun said...

Caroline Spelman is an evil Home-Owner-Ist witch who knows f*** all and by rights should be burned at the stake. Along with her taxpayer funded nanny.

She is deliberately perpetrating the myth that "Council Tax pays for local services" which is patently not true, 80% of 'local services' are paid for from general taxation recycled via Whitehall, Council Tax is just a sort of local top up.

Pogo said...

“families could be at risk of abuse and children of bullying due to press misrepresentation of data”

As good a reason as any to make sure that accurate information is published by the council in which case.

Angry Exile said...

This is 'Nannygate' Caroline Spelman as Attlia suggests, right? And she's going on about council taxpayers' right to know where the money goes? Unbefuckinglievable.

JuliaM said...

"She is deliberately perpetrating the myth that "Council Tax pays for local services" which is patently not true..."

And yet, people will lap it up...

"As good a reason as any to make sure that accurate information is published by the council in which case."

Quite!

"Unbefuckinglievable."

It is, isn't it?