Thursday, December 08, 2011

Eric in a Pickle about wasting public money

Before starting work on a report from today's meeting of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC) I checked a lottery ticket and found that Lady Luck had once more saved me from the moral dilemma of what to do with the winnings.



A Stephen Park of Capita has a better way than buying lottery tickets though. He was paid more than half a million quid for little more than a year's work (http://m.lgcplus.com/5038762.article).



Who paid him this? Well it was the Department ruled by that paragon of prudence Eric Pickles. Mr Pickles is keen to lecture local authorities on the need to cut back - a subject about which he would have us believe he knows his (pickled) onions.



He now looks a right wally (a pickled gherkin or cucumber - http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question45843.html). Poor Eric has no idea how to economise with public funds!



He could do worse than take a leaf out of the book of Lambeth's Labour Council, which has reduced the number of agency workers and consultants from 800 to 250 in the last couple of years.



Will this grotesque mismanagement give Mr Pickles pause for thought before he next lectures local authorities?



No?



I thought not.

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