“That which we call a rose, by any other name
Would smell as sweet…………..”
I am sure Shakespeare had it right, but he was talking horticulturally and poetically and his Rose wasn’t always coming cap in hand to the Council looking for yet more money. The Executive this evening voted to accept a ‘new deal’ for a further £600k per annum for the next three years. Next Tuesday the Scrutiny Panel meets to examine their reasons for giving them the money. Of course they won’t call it that, but ‘that which we call a handout by any other name would cost as much’ (Johnston).
I know that many people think this is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money. It is also the case that the Rose has its passionate devotees, who have been very voluble of late in the press and elsewhere. Now’s the time to let councillors know what you think – are you happy for this amount of your Council Tax to be devoted to this use for the next three years when we are short of money to pay for other services that cannot be funded any other way?