Once again, one can count on the Thanet Gazette getting its facts wrong. It can become a little tedious after a while but I'll quote today's little gem:
"While thousands of Thanet people live with litter on their streets and fight a daily war with seagulls, all six Tory members of Thanet council's ruling group must be wheelie happy, they all have secure bins.
While there is no suggestion of impropriety, all of the council's cabinet which dictates spending plans for the authoritity live in road with wheelies..."
Well I'm sorry to disappoint you Editor, I don't and here's a photo of the Seagull that regularly has a go at my own bin bags attached with the Gazette's own special attention to accurate reporting.
I particularly liked the 'no suggestion of impropriety' touch, implying quite the opposite.
The real story here surrounds a growing shortage of public money and all our council budgets are presently under review. The Gazette simply doesn't grasp how serious the situation is in regard to the enormous public sector debt, run-up by this Government and the consequences as the financial tap is turned-off.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies said after the April Budget that, to fill the black hole in the public finances between now and 2018, reductions would be needed across every area of government the like of which we have not seen since the 1970s.
The bonanza that has seen a doubling of public spending since 'Chancellor Brown' allowed it to rip at the start of this decade' – adding well over half a million public-sector jobs – is over. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said yesterday that 350,000 state-funded jobs may have to be shed over the next five years and the pain will be felt everywhere and particularly in those places where the public sector is the largest local employer and contributor to the local income.
You can see the start of this around us now as councils increasingly 'triage' their vital services in order to keep them running. We all want clean streets, carefully-tended flowerbeds and much much more but consider for a moment that only a modest fraction of one's council tax goes towards supporting literally hundreds of vital services in the community with the balance made-up by central Government each year. Today, Government is bust in all but name and so councils need to be very careful indeed in spending the budgets they have available.
It comes back to what I said in my earlier post. Not perhaps what is good, but what is necessary!