Pub­lic ser­vants tak­ing us for a ride…AGAIN!

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ANOTHER day, another bulging sack of tax­pay­ers’ money chucked in the di­rec­tion of a fully un­de­serv­ing “pub­lic ser­vant”.

The lat­est lucky win­ner in the in­creas­ingly popular game of Lo­cal Corpy Bo­nanza is Joyce Thacker, who un­til last week was boss of chil­dren’s ser­vices in Rother­ham.

She’d been in the £130,000 -a-year post for six years and had been deputy for two years prior to that.

On her watch, 1,400 kids were sys­tem­at­i­cally abused, some­thing HER depart­ment – that SHE ran – was re­peat­edly made aware.

Once upon a time this would have led a pub­lic ser­vant re­sign­ing im­me­di­ately with good grace, prefer­ably to qui­etly move to the coun­try­side to open a refuge for or­phaned cats.

Not any­more. Now th­ese thou­sands of pub­licly-funded town hall wal­lahs think quit­ting is for fools. After all – there’s no money in that, is there?

No, bet­ter first to refuse to even an­swer the crit­ics who pay your wages by cit­ing vague ar­eas of the Data Pro­tec­tion Act, mum­ble some­thing or other about “pri­vacy” and then bleat that you’re be­ing hounded.

Then, speak to your mates in the town hall and agree on IT’S Hal­lowe’en next week – but you wouldn’t know it if you saw my house.

How­ever, the shops are stocked up with se­lec­tion boxes, tins of Cel­e­bra­tions, yule logs and Christ­mas can­dles.

Don’t know about you but it makes me feel about as fes­tive as a weep­ing haem­or­rhoid. how much it’ll take for you to fi­nally go. In Thacker’s case, a cool £40,000 to leave Rother­ham by “mu­tual con­sent”.

I’m by no means the only one to be gen­uinely hor­ri­fied by this – but at the same time, not at all sur­prised, ei­ther.

To the as­ton­ish­ment of those of us liv­ing and work­ing in the real world, this is sim­ply A BIG thank you to all friends and con­tacts on so­cial me­dia who raced to their key­boards to in­form the world that it was a bit wet and windy yes­ter­day.

Be­cause we couldn’t have known that from just look­ing out of the f**king win­dow. how the op­er­ates.

They go to work, they bug­ger things up, they get re­warded hand­somely for their fail­ure.

The fact their fail­ure con­trib­uted to the mis­ery and fear of hun­dreds of kids is merely by-the-by.

When the Rother­ham scan­dal was fi­nally un­earthed, Joyce Thacker’s main con­cern ap­pears to have been the fu­ture of one Joyce Thacker.

And she won’t be the last ei­ther. In town halls across Bri­tain, sim­i­lar deals – all seen as per­fectly above board – are be­ing done ev­ery sin­gle day.

It’s like win­ning the lot­tery with a ticket paid for by some­one else – US.



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