Once Upon a Time…

…at the beginning of this year Waltham Forest’s Head of Communications was summoned to a meeting to discuss her redundancy.

Suddenly, the Labour Party casts a spell, ‘Evanesco’, and the meeting is transformed into an interview for the post of Assistant Director of Strategy and Communications.

The only  ‘candidate’, Kathryn Myers, was given the job which attracted a salary between £71,000 and £127,000 a year.

Even the Conservative leader, Cllr Matt Davis, was subjected to Labour’s ‘Stupefy‘ spell as he was on the ‘interview’ panel.

7 months later we hear Kathryn Myers took voluntary redundancy as part of the authority’s restructuring plans earlier this month.

It seems the Labour Party looks after its own. By promoting Myers from Head of Communications to  Assistant Director of Strategy and Communications her redundancy package must of improved dramatically.

To add insult to injury it is alleged that the council is planning to give senior officers pay rises while cutting the wages of its lowest paid staff.

There are two things that spring to mind

  1. An once of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition (in this case literally)
  2. Waltham Forest needs strong and competent opposition to challenge Labour’s excesses.

Beer and Sandwiches

In the days when the big unions wielded vast power union bosses would routinely pop round to Number 10 for “beer and sandwiches” – which meant the said leaders showing up at Downing Street to discuss what it would take to persuade them not to go on strike, and being plied with the afore mentioned refreshments by a Labour prime minister reduced to the proprietor of a seedy pub, with the cabinet as his bar maids.

While Cllr Chris ‘Strong Leader’ Robbins and Cllr Afzal Akram are sacking thousands of front line staff, which a Council report admits will have a negative impact on the homeless, mentally ill, disabled, elderly and vulnerable young people, not a lot seems to have changed in the Waltham Forest Labour party other than the  “beer and sandwiches” have been substituted for hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payers money subsidising their union comrades.

This is not surprising given our ‘strong leaders ‘connection to unions as stated in his biography.

Prior to being elected to the Council, Chris worked in the trade union movement for 27 years – fighting against low pay, workplace injustice and unemployment!!!

If the unions want representatives then they, and not the vulnerable or us taxpayers, should pay for them.

Whilst this Labour administration does what it likes the Tories and whats left of the Liberal Democrats are silent.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – Waltham Forest needs and deserves Councillors who will represent the whole of our community and not just interest groups. If they are unable or unwilling to do so they should stand aside.