Even though he has one of the best front pages to a political website I’ve seen in ages, Eric Pickles cannot escape a little scrutiny from the “Tories plan purge of town hall ‘fat cats'” story by Sam Coates in today’s times.
According to the story, the Tories will clamp down on the pay of local government Chief Executives. But take a look at the list. Six out of eight of the councils listed in the story are Conservative led ie they can sort it out now if they wanted. The luxury of opposition does not apply for Tories in all too many local authority areas these days. If Mr Pickles seeks to push down Chief Executive salaries, the Conservatives could sort it out now. I do hope that Mr Pickles will be challenged on this – he really should give an explanation unless he wants to earn the “Do Nothing” tag like his boss.