Eric Pickles, Communities and Local Government Secretary, coined the phrase ‘armchair auditors’ to describe the actions of the public when reviewing all of his department’s expenditure in the past year.
Some people have got at the data with all the rapidity of a fox in a chicken coup.
- Guido has spotted a bill of £7,500 from the Smith Institute, Gordon Brown’s dodgy think tank. He wonders if other government departments have similar bills? Good question Guido.
- The TaxPayers’ Alliance have had a rolling blog all day as they trawl through the figures. They’ve totalled up the bills from SOLACE – (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector, which come to £104,000. Hmmm. This is like a senior staff union, however you dress it up.
- The Daily Mail is indignant, well, what do you expect, and the Daily Telegraph picks out the ‘gory’ stuff too.
- This news doesn’t figure among the lead stories on the BBC website, again, what do you expect. Their little piece HERE is buried in the politics page. Sorry Beeb, this is a BIG topic. Maybe they’re afraid transparency will be catching.
Praise deserved to the department that first in publishes their expenditure. Good job Eric.