My cabinet papers arrived yesterday and when I flipped through them I didnâ€™t really get excited about Item 12 â€“ Environmental Services Contract â€“ Service Improvements and Future Options. Read it and weep.
Tonight, working my way through them it dawned on me that this paper describes the stupidest decision the Ealing Labour group is ever likely to make. Charging residents a new Â£40 garden tax is electoral suicide.
Overall the move will rake in Â£1.1 million per annum although it will cost Â£720K to set up. More importantly it will probably see the boroughâ€™s hard won recycling rate go backwards by 1%.
The Tories warned of the implications of Labourâ€™s shiny new contract back in July. Coming next, Labour rips up its manifesto and introduces fortnightly collections.
This change was thought up by some group of idiot accountants and middle managers. Labour should have had the sense to say no. Apparently not. Boom!