Apparently, we’re wasting vast amounts of money, pretty much on purpose. For example;
Whitehall officials said that the report showed widespread savings could be made throughout local government without a “slash and burn approach” to public services. Mr Pickles’s aides said some councils were making genuine efforts. They praised Cornwall Council, which has cut £3million from waste collection services by contracting out to one firm, not six.
Now, how might it have come to pass that Cornwall started using one waste collection firm, rather than six? Could it have something to do with Cornwall having become a unitary? It can’t possibly be that, though, because
THE formation of Cornwall’s new unitary council has been highlighted as one of the worst examples in the country by a senior Conservative party figure. On a visit to Cornwall, Eric Pickles, the newly-appointed chairman of the Tories, said the process of reorganisation had been a disaster – and a waste of taxpayers’ money.
And as we know, it’s not the sort of behaviour he wants to encourage. I presume a hunt is underway for the officials in question so they can be re-educated with the aid of Eric’s pearl-handled revolver.