|ERIC PRAISING THE DAME|
Last night the Channel 4 Dispatches team took the lid off the waste and profligacy in Local Government spending, which has now reached £144 billion (more than is spent on the NHS, schools or defence). The Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles, showed anger for the abuse and made it clear that it was up to resident pressure groups to make sure that Town Halls clean up their act.
Dispatches spent two years making FOI probes into the inner workings of Town Halls and exposed abuses such as the tax payer funded champagne lifestyle of disgraced ex Leader of Essex Lord Hanningfiled, and Mayoral Cars and chauffeurs used to collect and deliver personal laundry.
As the Dame found out long ago, the Audit Commission (Board Member Merrick Cockell) was a toothless monster when asked to investigate expense abuse.
Pickles said on camera that the Audit Commission was so 'far gone' that he decided to shut it down.
He said he has little faith in self regulation and repeated that it is resident groups who need to keep Town Halls on their toes.
So Mr Pickles not just endorses the Dame, but is a Hornet fan! That's official.