Monday, November 08, 2010
London Councils Summit: The Evil One is amongst us
The Right Honourable Eric Pickles MP, Secretary for State for Communities and Local Government (left - aka "the evil one") was the keynote speaker at the Summit. He promised no jokes about bonfire night, about blowing up Parliament or about a Bonfire of Quango’s.
Being Eric, he happily attacked the Chair Jules Pipe's previous remarks as “Booker Prize” fiction and claimed that the local government settlement had not yet been decided. He did not recognise the figures about the cuts mentioned by Jules. He had a dig at Jules and Hackney Council over a supposed expenditure of £38m on temporary staff which resulted in a contractor making £6.5m in profit.