In business, cost cutting is always tough: in local government it's tougher.
Emma Dent Coad has written a sensitive, highly charged blog about the importance of prioritising cuts and so the Dame is happy to share HER THOUGHTS with readers.
This is not about politics: it's about what is right and proper.
The reign of Pooter Cockell was notable for profligacy and gross excess with our money....Chelsea Care....£1 million squandered; the £1million year Opera Holland Park; that £27 million 'white elephant' Exhibition Road and Pooter's play for a peerage, the £97 million extravagance, Holland Park School....
And, of course, emblematic of it all the folie de grandeur £120,000 Bentley......
So this should be an era when we are generous to those
unblessed with material riches.
Children in our cities have a tough time and play areas are hugely important in their developing lives.
This is the time for Nick to say, " I won't agree this; we have £280 million in reserves for this sort of eventuality and I intend to deploy it here."
Nick is a good man....let's hope he will do what is right and save the play centres.