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(en) Britain, AF, The Bristoloan V4 , #2 - More bristolian bites

Date Sat, 04 May 2013 14:16:19 +0300


BCC: enough to make you gag What’s the best way to make your organisation look bent from top to bottom? How about having to reveal under the Freedom of Information Act that you’ve been putting legal gagging orders on your staff - at the staggering rate of two a month for five years? ---- Big congratulations then to Bristol City Council on its latest PR success in the national press where it’s been revealed that the authority forced staff to sign 121 gagging orders between 2005 and 2010 – the second highest figure for a council across the country. ---- The Bristolian is currently digging into more recent figures and will release them as soon as it has them. ---- Our contacts reveal that these gagging orders would certainly have been forced upon teachers, social workers and care workers working with vulnerable children and adults, as well as any staff who may have uncovered criminal wrongdoing or gross management incompetence of any kind.

The revelation comes as Bristol City Council
- which is supposed to be saving money - has
been forced to admit that forty per cent of its
financial systems are “unacceptable”
and vulnerable to fraud and theft from crimi-
nals such as crooked managers. Basically, it’s a
culture of cover-up and denial at Bristol City
Council - at our expense, naturally.

Anal phoney ‘Independents’
The ‘Independents for Bristol’ (IfB) - Mayor
Redpants’ second crack at creating a political
‘party that’s not a party’ in under a year fol-
lowing his ‘Bristol 1st’ ticket – is picking up
pace, with eight people so far selected to run
for council seats.

A typical flavour of IfB comes from its
Clifton candidate, chartered accountant
Brenda McLennan, the finance &
operations boss at the Arnolfini Gallery. From
her £800,000 Clifton Wood mansion she is
promising “to shake things up at City Hall” as
one of these “new types of politician” running
for the IndyRedpants. And how very, very
new her personal management practices are at
the Arnolfini.

McLennan’s snooty art gallery recently ad-
vertised for stewards, offering to pay them the
princely sum of £6.20 an hour - a whole
1p an hour more than the minimum wage!
And for that “a flexible approach to working
days and hours is required” as the gallery is
open six days a week! Just the kind of progres-
sive attitude to low pay and employment this
city needs more of, isn’t it?
A correction

In the last Bristolian we said “the rich are
laughing into their caviar as their political
allies in the City Council slash public spend-
ing for the young, the old and the disabled”.
We now accept this was a disgraceful and
inaccurate representation. We should have
said, “the rich are laughing into their lobster
and quaffing champagne...” Hearty apologies.

The BRISTOLIAN

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