VIC BAR­LOW TAKES AN AL­TER­NA­TIVE LOOK AT LIFE IN MACCLESFIELD Town can­not af­ford this chain of com­mand – or £7,000 for tablets

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

IN July 12013 I wrote the fol­low­ing: dropped but hey-ho you can’t keep politi­cians out of the public purse for long. At a re­cent meet­ing of Wilm­slow town coun­cil it was sug­gested that all coun­cil­lors should have iPads paid for by the coun­cil to the tune of £7K.

I’ve seen what hap­pens to lap­tops and iPads handed out free gratis. Trust me… it’s not the best use of public funds.

I doubt any coun­cil­lor who doesn’t al­ready own a tablet will find it im­pos­si­ble to pur­chase one. They are a damn sight cheaper than mo­bile phones and ev­ery school kid has one of those.

So, ladies and gen­tle­men, this is why I do not like mul­ti­ple lay­ers of lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

They just can­not re­sist spend­ing our money.

Doesn’t it say some­thing for the pri­or­i­ties of lo­cal gov­ern­ment that in this era of town cen­tre cri­sis, black-outs and respite home clo­sures a small town coun­cil con­cerns it­self with chains of of­fice and iPads?

Clearly (apart from dis­cussing dog poo) there’s not enough for Wilm­slow coun­cil to do.

‘They just can­not re­sist spend­ing our money’

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