Having worked for the Council for more years than I care to remember and being based in the Civic I think I am able to provide an input into the current debate on the state of HBC under the current ‘leadership’ - for leadership read ‘deckchairs and Titanic’. Over the years fellow officers and myself have watched in wonder as a stream of unqualified imbeciles (who would be out of their depth in a sink), I believe they are called Councillors, have been able to decide on the many important issues affecting our town. It has, in my time, always been bad but when CAB took the ‘reigns’ we entered a whole new level of incompetence and mismanagement, something that CAB has excelled at.
The fact that he insisted on being called The Leader just made us shake our heads and mutter just what tool the chap is. We carried on regardless, doing our work for the benefit of the many of Hartlepool and not the self-centred few. Of course it soon became obvious that CAB believes that he knows better than every one of the highly qualified officers within the Council. Now you must trust me on this, but I have never ever worked with a more professional and dedicated group of people and yet the jumped up little benefit clerk apparently knows better than everyone. The expertise within his empty head, is unbounded, just look at the CIL Carpetgate nonsense for proof.
And yet, despite all that, the officers just carried on with their work, dismayed that Gill Axminster, the worst CE in the history of HBC, let the SCABAL get their own way if they stamped their feet enough. We all accepted that until the electorate of Hartlepool woke up and realised just what a complete mess CAB was making of this town nothing would change.
That was until Dave Riddle’s excellent item on the Hartlepool Post last week. People, who until that point had never admitted they read The Post, suddenly started talking about the piece. I have never seen so many people openly discussing that the end of the SCABAL was possibly in sight. Of course we all know that CAB will fight dirty and won’t go unless he has no choice but to go, and even then he will resign rather than be pushed. To be honest here everyone I know is looking forward to that glorious day. We can only hope he takes the rest of his inner circle with him and we can have a Leader of Council who is concerned about the town and not that of his own bank balance and those of his family and friends.
The day he goes, and it is coming, there will be an audible cheer in the Civic when his final email arrives. Just don’t forget Cwissy, you need to sign that email as ‘The Failure’ not as ‘The Leader’. Now off you pop you utter waste of space.