So, today we learn that the Party with a part-time leadership, busy supplementing their parliamentary salaries with fat cat salaries, are going to have a purge of town hall ‘fat cats.’
OK… let’s take a glance down the list of the ‘fat cat’ Chief Executives listed in the Times article:
Suffolk County (Conservative)
Kingston Upon Hull (Liberal Democrat)
Kensington & Chelsea (Conservative)
Which rather begs the question for Eric Pickles (by the way, is there not something slightly distasteful about a man with several chins more than necessary talking about other people as ‘fat cats’?) as to why Conservative run administrations seem to be largely in control of the councils leading this pay inflation for Chief Executives, and why they haven’t done anything about it?
The answer to the question, of course, is that Eric and his part-time mates in the Shadow Cabinet, busy trousering their quarter-of-a-milion quid ‘outside interests’ money, have no intention of doing diddly squat about the pay of these people. The ‘do-nothing’ party are simply trying to persuade gullible journalists into writing newspaper articles like this one (step forward patsy journo Sam Coates to rewrite their press release) and gullible voters into believing they will do something about it.
By the way, whatever happened to that Tory pledge to allow councils more control over their own affairs, hospitals to be self-governing, etc.? This just looks like a promise of more interference from Westminster.