Kent Council leader Paul Carter in a recent letter published in the Telegraph, clearly takes exception to the tax payers alliance, public sector Rich list, which of course places Kent's own Chief Executive Peter Gilroy in third place from the top, on a miserly quarter of a million pounds plus.
Councillor Carter, cites the responsibilities of Chief Executives in authorities the size of Kent, wittering on about the amount of young people in education, the 40,000 odd staff, and two billion budget to run Kent Services.
Still Paul Carter has a point, the job is responsible, but then presumably Peter Gilroy doesn't do it all on his own, (in fact surely Paul Carter himself ought to take some blame as leader of the council, he is presumably the boss ?)and he has various officers who are often referred to as director's who run the various departments of local government.
If one cares to take a gander, and KCC's senior management chart, excluding ordinary office wallahs, he (CEO)has no less an eight directors of this that and the other, including a Director Of Commercial Services (I didn't realize KCC was a business), Director Of Public Health (I understand Mr. Gilroy once worked in Health Care) and a Director Of Strategic Development And Public Access (god knows?). Its probably a long shot but I’m willing to bet, most of this lot are trousering a hundred grand at least and in some cases for what?
Excuse the diversion but something else that I worry about with Paul Carter, is this in the run up to the local elections, I have received an election leaflet from the Conservative party, I have no wish to be unkind but if you take away, details of the candidates, photograph of Roger Gale and Laura Sandys grinning, with a paragraph of complete waffle, and remove the Saint George's flag on the other side, your find, at least in my ward, a blank piece of paper, absolutely no policy whatsoever from Kent conservatives, as to what they intend to offer, us the electorate should they be re-elected.
Now this is why you need to worry whether Paul Carter is competent and up to leading Kent Council, Kent Tories are facing an local county election next month, and yet their election leaflets, in the run up to the county elections, contain no policies what so ever.
I just wonder when Paul Carter lists his reasons, why he thinks council officers, like the chief executive are worth, a higher salary than the prime minister, whether he is not also factoring into the equation, that the council officers, are there to deliver policy, because simply put it, appears neither he or his clique have the remotest clue about initiating policy.
Briefly returning to Paul Carter’s assertions, about Fat Cats being worth all the Gold Top they can guzzle, it seems that I’m not the only sceptic, since not one letter published in the Telegraph, in response his fat cats are worth it stuff, seemed to concur.
Here is a sample of what people think about Paul Carter’s defence of overpaid council staff “puts foward the bizarre notion” “A bricklayer is worth it, a head teacher is worth it, but, sorry, Mr Carter, a "chief executive" is not.”
PS since writing this I understand the Tory group do indeed have manifesto which is about to be unleashed tomorrow. Hurrah !