It’s good to know that the global downturn and the attendant cuts in public services are not affecting everybody – if you’re a local councillor, in fact, it appears that things are more splendid than ever.
After the councillors in my old home town voted to give themselves vital iPads for use in council business , wouldn’t you know it – my council in Sheffield think that they’re absolutely essential, too.
Both councils are facing serious budget cuts, with refuse collections, park services and library services under threat – but that’s hardly something to worry about now. Let’s make sure that the council get to play about with Apple tablets whilst they’re sending lots of former council employees to the dole queue – a better use of everybody’s taxes, surely?
Kind of puts council leader Julie Dore’s recent leaflet drop into sharp relief, doesn’t it? Perhaps they could have spent the £21,000 they spent on those leaflets – most of which will have been thrown away without being read – on iPads, docking stations, covers and other such absolutely key sundries which they can use whilst deciding which streets won’t have their bins collected (not that you would notice missing refuse collections being a new thing in my neighbourhood…).
Local councils? The phrase ‘wretched hive of scum and villainy’ comes to mind…