This is why I love the blogosphere!
Tom Watson is an MP, I think – well I am pretty sure he is an MP, a somewhat overpaid one but that is by the by – what this post is about is irony.
Tom made this post in his blog:
Six out of eight of the highest paid local council officials are in Conservative administrations
Dear Tom is having a dig at these councils because he is a part of the current government – which claims, spuriously, that it is a Labour government – we know that isn’t the case, but that is by the by, too. The irony lays in the fact that Tom is making a blog post about the conservatives who are the official opposition in the UK parliament – which means they can do precisely nothing about this situation until they get into power – which looks all the more likely it will be the next general election – what joy.
Now, even though dear Tom has his facts right about conservative execs ripping the shit from everyone’s back bum as they pay their council tax – why doesn’t the current government do something about it?
£240,000* Joe Duckworth, chief executive, Newham (appointed 2008)
£220,000* Andrea Hill, chief executive, Suffolk County Council (appointed 2008)
£213,162 Kim Ryley, chief executive, Kingston upon Hull
£205,000 Derek Myers, town clerk and chief executive, Kensington & Chelsea
£203,000 Nick Johnson, chief executive, Bexley (since retired)
£201,485 Caroline Tapster, chief executive, Hertfordshire
£195,456 Darra Singh, chief executive, Ealing
£195,330 Richard Shaw, chief executive, Surrey
Figures represent complete remuneration figure, including all benefits except figures marked *, which represent basic salary. Most recent figures avaliable for 2006-07, compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance annual report, released in March
OK – Tom is probably having a go at local authorities because he, like all the other robber barons that are MPs want a bit more of the public purse but dare not ask for it, just yet!
What pisses me off is that for some strange reason both Labour and Conservative governments do nothing to stop local taxes lining the pockets of people who run councils – but are not elected officials, eh?
Or do I have it wrong, Tom?
Shouldn’t councils be run by those who are elected with the staff to aid them? If not – then why the hell do we have elections?
What I would think would be a better post from Tom – or any other leech that there is in parliament would be a Bill to stop those robbing local councils and a reduction of the pay that MPs get – vote winner written all over that one.
You do, as always, get this argument:
The Local Government Association argues that its chief executives are paid modestly compared with private and public organisations with comparable turnovers and staffing levels. Paul Coen, the head of the association, has pointed out that a chief executive at a big council could earn on average more than twice as much in a public or private organisation of a similar size.
Then I have some advice for them – fuck off and get a job that pays this in the private sector! If you can, that is. That money could be used for a ‘For the sake of the children’ fund! Or getting the bins emptied on time and at regular intervals – or something far better than paying for a new Mercedes!
This irony is all the rage in the UK – one overpaid branch of government stating that another is overpaid, why, as I will insist on asking, doesn’t this government do something about rather than thinking up new draconian laws that deflate civil liberties – but is that too much to ask?