I agree with Bridge Ward News post here. and would like to expand on it.
Bridge Ward News says
“The argument is simple. There are too manyoverpaid civil servants working in local government (two absentee councillors come to mind). The Tories should be about cutting their numbers, not defending them.
We’ve got to make cuts. Andrea Hill won’t cut her salary, so we should cut her job. Pembroke won’t dump Andrea, so he must be dumped.
Jeremy Pembroke is a decent man who is right to try to preserve frontline services by going after middle management in Suffolk, but he’s getting in the way of the message. Dump Andrea or step aside for someone who will.”
It is absolutely right to say that there are too many overpaid civil servants working in local government and one of them is Andrea Hill. It is also absolutely right that a Conservative administration should be cutting their numbers instead of defending them.
Jeremy Pembroke says that we get good value for money from her. James Spencer at Bridge Ward News and I disagree. If Jeremy can’t convince activists in his own party then he is never going to convince the Suffolk public. His argument is well and truly lost.
Andrea Hill is like an EU commissioner in Brussels i.e. overpaid, unelected, unaccountable and a burden to progress. I do not like the existence of unelected overpaid bureaucrats.
Jeremy Pembroke is a decent man who is right to try to preserve frontline services by going after middle management in Suffolk, but he’s getting in the way of the message. Whatever the subject is the conversation always turns to Andrea Hill.
I despise the celebrity culture that developed in this country over the course of the last Labour government and Andrea Hill is part of that culture. When the amount spent on airbrushing photographs equals a tenth of what a lot of public sector workers earn in a year and she is front page news three days in a row she is merely a celebrity. A celebrity is a famous person who makes an extortionate amount of money by doing nothing of any use and that is what Andrea Hill has become.
Jeremy Pembroke should take note that the national newspapers that are covering this embarrassing saga are not left wing newspapers but newspapers like The Telegraph and The Daily Mail This has lead people around the country to believe that Suffolk County Council is a labour Council because it is unthinkable to some that a Conservative Council could actually waste money in this way.
Instead of wasting £520,000 on gagging orders the council should fire Andrea Hill and then there would be no need for gagging orders.
It’s time Jeremy Pembroke smelt the coffee and ended this miserable saga. Andrea Hill’s position is now completely untenable. Jeremy Pembroke now has to pull the trigger or be replaced by someone who will.