I think any fair minded person reading my criticisms of Kent's conservatives, will realise that the main reason I complain about their policies, is more to do with competent management than any wild ideological mission.
So just to make a change I would like to, for once support, Paul Carter's administration, in making this years pay offer to Kent councils staff at just 1%.
Now I realise if your employed by KCC, you'll be outraged at the prospect, but then many of my friends, working out side of the state sector, object to finding there jobs disappearing, pay rates being held, or even cut, whilst the public sector is immune.
Still if staff at KCC find it unacceptable having job security +1% pay rise, the answers quite simple, get another job!
I think its a pity Paul Carter could not, have been tougher and just said no increase. One thing is for sure all those who have lost jobs recently, forced to take a pay cut, been generally bullied into accepting poorer conditions will not be shedding any tears and neither will the business community who are also suffering.
Maybe the time is coming when those in the commercial sector, will refuse to accept, the unequal situation which allows public sector workers better pay and conditions.
Whilst he is in the mood perhaps Paul Carter could get the scissors out on some of those frivolous areas of KCC activities like Healthwatch, Kent TV, and maybe cut some of the six million pound advertising budget.