Here’s a little gem from the Town Council in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
In his election address, the independant councillor, David Nettleton, has made great store of the fact that he has been leader of the finance committee and in this capacity has identified a way to save the town’s crossing patrols.
The crossing patrols apparently cost the council around £17,500 per annum and were threatened with the axe, but Cllr Nettleton says that this can be funded because for the last three years they have been paying a retired town clerk £18,000 a year as part of an early retirement package.
So that’s alright then – we can fund crossing patrols out of the money we have been wasting because we’re not going to be wasting it any more!
And you expect to be re-elected on the back of this piece of financial wizardry? If I were you, I’d keep quiet about it…