Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Chaos in the Banana republic of Barnet
Lynne Hillan, having knobbled the opposition had hoped for a good news story about how the private sector has saved the jobs of sacjed Connaught workers. She hoped to get off the hook, as her easycouncil project is unravelling to mass public opposition and the failure of council contractors.
The Hendon Times jumped the gun and printed this
Sadly it appears the story is wrong. KPMG sent an email to Connaught workers saying they were still sacked this evening. It must be concluded that the deal hasn't been done and the workers are still unemployed and the residents still high and dry.
News also reaches the blog that up to 20 childrens centres have been earmarked for closure in Barnet.
As to the Council meeting. Bloggers don't count as press, so they wouldn't let me in. The numbers were restricted to 25 and I wasn't one of the chosen few. I've had a few texts from friends inside.
"Shameful", "They all bottled out", "A damp squib" "No Nuts". Basically, as predicted here, a deal has been done. I have some details of it, but I'm awaiting proper confirmation. It is clear Hillan has yet again survived. It seems even more of them bottled it than I thought.
So this is the reality of Barnet. Workers get sacked, failed Council leaders don't. As ever Barnets Tories put their own well being before everything. Last Tuesday 18 of them voted against Lynne Hillan. This Tuesday they voted to save their jobs and their perks. Perhaps the only surprising thing is that anyone ever thought anything else would happen.
In some ways though, you have to admire Hillan. Like all good Captains she's staying at the helm of the sinking ships. I just find it odd that the crew are urging her on towards the Iceberg. I suppose that Lynne Hillan will claim she's won another famous victory. The word on the street is that Harper is letting her do her worst before he finally sticks the knife in and finishes her off. He wants the worst of the cuts to have been announced before he steps in to save the council.
Mind you, I'm rather pleased for Alison Moore, Leader of the Labour Group. She couldn't have wished for a better result. Sadly in all of this who pays - the workers. That's why I feel utterly dejected.
Message to Lynne Hillan - Your colleagues may lack the nuts to finish off your leadership, the people of Barnet are a completely different proposition