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Today we have a special edition of the Friday Joke. Have you ever read something and thought "what planet is he on?" for saying something so bizarrely bonkers that it's crass idiocy takes about half an hour to sink in. The Grenfell Tower has given us a graphic demonstration of what happens when incompetence infects a council. In Barnet, we have our own incompetence scandal. The childrens services department is responsible for all manner of vital services forvulnerable young people. The Councillor in charge of the committee running it, gets a £25,000 a year "special responsibility allowance". One would rather hope that the council would appoint a person of high calibre to do such an important function, wouldnt you? The Barnet Conservatives appointed Councillor Rueben Thompstone (pictured right). Does he meet this expectation?
In 2012 OFSTED rated Barnet Council safeguarding as good
In 2017 Barnet Council children's services has been rated as inadequate by OFSTED
In response to this tragic decline, The Barnet Labour group presented a motion of no confidence in Mr Thompstone, quite reasonable in light of this tragic failure of service in his watch. In response, Mr Thompstone gave the following, quite bizarre quote to the Barnet Times, following the last minute intervention of the Mayor of Barnet to save him in the no confidence vote. His response to this attempt to hold him to account was the biggest joke in the history of the Barnet Tories (and that is saying something). He told the Barnet Times.
"This is another example of an incompetent Labour Group sniping from the sidelines without offering any constructive alternatives.
"The fact they wanted to sack the man responsible for actually turning around our children’s services shows just how little they can be trusted to run this borough."
The turnaround he managed from Good to Inadequate is not something any sensible person would boast about. You really couldn't make it up.