Wednesday 22 July 2009
What a big coq!
The London SE1 Community Website has reported on a demonstration outside City Hall organised by Unison in protest at Mayor BoJo’s latest gaffe when he described his £250,000 fee for writing his Daily Telegraph column as “chicken feed”.
Boris has refused to apologise for his remarks, insisting that they were “frivolous”. Don’t Call Me Dave accepts that the Mayor said these words in jest, but as an experienced politician he should have known that such remarks are crass and insensitive, especially when GLA staff members are facing redundancy. It really wouldn’t damage his credibility if Boris simply apologised for the offence caused.
Unison regional officer Shirley Mills told London SE1: “Leo Boland, the GLA Chief Executive, is also earning over £205,000, £10,000 more than the Prime Minister. It is disgusting that these two wallow in their huge wages while low paid staff face the axe.”
Don’t Call Me Dave sympathises with staff losing their jobs, although it is not fair on taxpayers that public sector employees should be immune from the pain experienced by the private sector. But it is indeed quite disgusting to pay such an obscene salary to the man who was in charge at Barnet when Underhill was sold unlawfully, and who subsequently told the PwC Inquiry: “I have no professional qualifications. I have an MBA from the Open Business School. I am a manager, in short.”
Don’t Call Me Dave believes the private sector rate for a manager is quite a bit less than £205,000.