Opposition councillors have accused city council chiefs of a “political stunt” ahead of council elections, by offering a free ticket giveaway to Southampton’s new £15m Titanic museum for every household in the city.Which I suppose might help to avoid the embarrassment of it being half-empty or worse still, going bankrupt…
Nearly 100,000 city households, and all council staff, will be sent letters in coming weeks offering groups of two adults and three children or three adults free entry, worth up to £25, to the new SeaCity museum.And how can they afford this, you ask?
Well, you’re not alone in questioning it:
…Labour questioned how the cash-strapped council could afford the giveaway and complained the costs were not clearly identified in Tory budget proposals to save £14m over the next year.For once, I agree with them!
Labour group leader Richard Williams said: “If it looks like a stunt, smells like a stunt, then it’s probably a stunt.”Well, god knows, it’s not like such stunts and taxpayer-funded largesse were completely unknown to Labour councils, is it? So I guess you’d know….