With David Cameron adding yet another Old Etonian to the Shadow Cabinet - the Baronet Sir George Young - this Daily Mail cutting seems appropriate as it features at number one on the left George Osborne. Yesterday he made a speech on best practice by Conservative run local authorities. Unsurprisingly, he decided not to mention Thanet District Council as a top Tory run authority.
He did however, say this about Kent County Council:
"Kent County council has massively reduced their transactional costs by leading the way in E-government."
No evidence, just an assertion probably found for him by a researcher. Part of this is the Kent TV initiative and highlighted last month how this included money to fly people across the Atlantic to make videos about folk festivals. Not what I see as a core activity for a local authority.
Steve Ladyman MP said:
"George Osborne praised Kent County Council E-government yesterday,claiming that Kent people have got more for less. But when the Tories say more for less they mean more for the wealthiest few but less for the many. Kent Tories’ put the most vulnerable at risk by charging the elderly more for their care and used the extra money they raised to fund their £600,000 Kent TV e-project. Despite Cameron’s claims to have changed the Conservative Party, local Tory politicians pursue the same agenda which they always have done.”
I know which I want from a local authority, affordable care for our elderly and vulnerable members of our community. Especially poignant when we are marking 70 years since the outbreak of the Second World War and all that generation gave to us.
Not a TV station which could be run for free on Youtube.