I looked up the word zombie on the cambridge on-line dictionary.
zombie Show phonetics
1 INFORMAL DISAPPROVING a person who lacks energy, seems to act without thinking and is not aware of what is happening around them:
He just sat in front of the TV all day like a zombie.
2 a dead person who is believed, in some Caribbean religions, to have been brought back to life by magic
Both definitions brought to mind the "Future Shape" scheme. Remove all personal resoponsibility from staff, employ the lowest common denominator. If Zombies 'R' US tendered for the contract ("They're dead, they don't want to be paid") they'd win hands down. They may do a rubbish job, but hey they're cheap.
Barnet has experience of Outsourced contracts. Fremantle, Sodexho (meals on wheels). Does it bode well? Now I'm all for a bit of efficiency and lower tax bills (who isn't). It's just that Barnet has a history of not implementing schemes very well.
On my last blog "Andrew" left a comment saying that my FOI request had cost £150 to answer. Now I have no idea whether "Andrew" knows what he is talking about, but if he's correct it is a sickening indictment of the council. All of the questions were seemingly answered in a phonecall to the "media manager". Either the media manager is on a million pounds a year, Andrew is telling porkies, or they've lost the plot.
The trouble with Zombies is that they need an evil genius in control. Without that they are just glorified headless chickens. I'm sorry to say that from what I've seen of Mike Freer and his track record, the one thing you can't accuse him of being is a "Genius" (Mike, please feel free to post your certified IQ below should I be wrong - I'll even send you a box of ASDA mince pies as compensation for my slur).