Does Bob Neil not have better things to do than bully councils?
Regular readers may remember my last little exchange with junior bag carrier to Eric Pickles, Bob Neil. Close to a year ago.
He urged Camden Council to break the law. His law. It’s in his department’s gift to ask parliament to change the law he wants Camden to break. Well on exactly the same issue, almost exactly a year later the irrepressible Bob Neil strikes again.
One of the ways that you can tell that they must know that they are in the wrong is because it’s the junior bag carrying minister that’s been deployed as the attack dog. If they had any validity to their argument at all, they’d have sent in Pickles or even Cameron (who went along for a photo op a while back).
But you can’t have real politicians, with actual clout calling on local authorities to break the law, you see. So up pops Bob.
All of this sorry saga has rather distracted us from the matter at hand, in what we may be able to do, if anything, to help The People’s Supermarket and the many other small businesses who are struggling in the current drastic economic times.
Bob is actually contributing to their situation (and that of other struggling businesses in the borough) by diverting the resources of our officers from providing businesses who are struggling with support, to responding to his ridiculous correspondence and the media queries he’s tried to generate.
So well done Bob. But I guess at least that last bit, of messing up the economy rather than helping, is in tune with the rest of Tory party policy.