Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Locality Budgets -- a great new way to bribe the electorate

You've got to hand it to Hertfordshire councillors, when it comes to dastardly schemes they're just as good as their counterparts in Westminster or the EU.

Just look at this brilliant new way to waste our money...
£10,000 will be available to each member of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects.

The council's Cabinet agreed today (Monday) to introduce 'locality budgets' from this summer, which will allow each councillor to fund projects local to their division.

Leader Robert Gordon said: "Councillors know their patch as well as anyone. This scheme offers us the flexibility to tap into their local knowledge to make sure that the money we have set aside to help local communities gets to the right places.

"This is a great opportunity, not just for worthwhile projects to get a welcome funding boost, but for councillors to live up to their role as community champions.”

So let's think for a moment. Based on what their counterparts in Westminster and the EU do. How might these councillors use these locality budgets?

  1. They get a family member to set up a 'good' cause and give them the £10,000. Thus lining their pockets like any good politician.
  2. They use it to bribe, influence, sway their local electorate -- particularly when they're up for election.

Can you think of any other reasons why they decided to introduce locality budgets? Because I can't.


Roger Thornhill said...

Alas, this is what you get with "localisation" or "devolution".

We need to devolve power to the individual, to councils or councillors - that i just moving the deckchairs.

We have 646 professional imbeciles in Westminster.

The last thing we need are 64,600 amateur imbeciles on our doorsteps!

Gandhi said...

"The last thing we need are 64,600 amateur imbeciles on our doorsteps!"

I keep hearing this phrase, I don't understand it. Does an elected mayor with local tax-raising/spending power count as one of the imbeciles?

Guthrum said...

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