About 600 people are set to lose their jobs at the council as part of plans to save £68m in 2011 following a cut in government funding.Well, you won’t need that ‘Recruitment & Training’ post you’re advertising then, will you? And probably not the ones in ‘Customer Service’ either.
Because your idea of ‘customer service’ is…well, let’s hear it from one of your councillor’s own mouths, shall we, when she was asked about dirty road signs?
Heather Smith, responsible for transport and highways, was speaking on BBC radio.Yes, Heather. Yes it is, actually.
She said residents should go out with a bucket and sponge.
"Is it too much to ask for somebody to go out with a bucket and a sponge in their hands and clean that sign?," she said.
You see, it’s what the people of Northamptonshire pay their council tax, business rates, road tax and fuel tax for, not to mention income tax and VAT.
And if you send out crews to clean road signs, well, what’s the betting there’s all sorts of regulations, safety clothing, risk assessments involved. Yet you expect the residents to do this for you, for nothing, with none of that, and presumably no corresponding cut in the money they pay, should they be stupid enough to take up your kind offer?
So yeah, on the subject of those job cuts, I'm with The Moose.
Luckily, because Bob Ainsworth has opened his trap about legalising drugs, your own little faux-pas is likely to go unnoticed. Otherwise I might wonder if it’s ‘too much to ask’ that the voters toss you out on your spoiled little rear…
H/T: Old Holborn via Twitter