Ho, ho, ho

We’ve experienced 30 years of public service “reform” which means that many public services, certainly those at local level, are already delivering serious value for money. All the fat was long ago pared away.

Rilly?

Employer:

ISLINGTON COUNCIL
Posted:

20 January 2012
Ref:

CR/2339/ST
Contact:

Emma Marinos
Location:

London
Function:

Marketing / PR
Level:

Senior Executive
Contract:

Contract
Hours:

Full Time

Salary:

£62,460 – £66,366
£63k a year for telling everyone how lovely the council is so that the Councillors get re-elected?
The job\’s little more than phoning the Rolodex of the journos on the local Borough newspapers.
That\’s all the fat pared away is it?

11 comments on “Ho, ho, ho

  1. The job’s little more than phoning the Rolodex of the journos on the local Borough newspapers.

    No it’s not.

    The job’s little more than telling the bods who work for you to phone the rolodex of the journos on the local borough newspapers.

    Oh, and telling the bods who work for you what ‘good news’ to put in the local authority’s own ‘news’ paper.

  2. If the council actually provided good services, they wouldn’t need a PR officer. People still talk to their neighbours (even in Islington) and word-of-mouth has more credibility than press releases.
    Observe the difference in attitudes to the Corporation of London from someone who has actually lived in the City and someone who “has occasionally worked there”: the latter thinks the Corporation needs a PR department to communicate with its electors, the former knows that all, or nearly all, electors know an Alderman or Common Councillor personally.

  3. I think you’re being very unkind. My own council provides valuable work in this field for graduates who would otherwise be forced into the degrading condition of working for capitalists. And they provide a very useful service.

    Indeed, just the other day I received from the council a brochure explaining their progress on diversity issues. I found it extremely useful, though I have to say, I would have preferred a less glossy paper that flushes more easily.

  4. I was thrilled to see in the relevant ad. that “Islington is a vibrant and dynamic borough.” I can’t wait to migrate there.

    Rather confirms Tim’s hypothesis that talking bullshit is a part of the job being advertised. I am writing to Islington council to ask how they measure the frequency and amplitude of said “vibrations”.

  5. ” The council is focused on making Islington fairer by reducing the gap between rich and poor and making a difference to the lives of those in our community who most need our help.”

    Every day they’ll be reducing the gap for that marketing person (two, I suppose, since it’s a maternity leave position). Pity the poor advocacy lawyers on 48k.

  6. Everywhere is vibrant and dynamic. Just as every headhunter describes every underbudgeted vacancy they are desperate to fill as “fantastic”.

  7. JamesV, no, “vibrant and dynamic” is not a meaningless phrase but technical estate-agent language with specific meanings.

    “Vibrant” means “you will be mugged”;

    “Dynamic” means “has lots of ethnic groups”;

    “Vibrant and dynamic” means “you will be mugged by lots of different ethnic groups”.

  8. Richard

    “Vibrant and dynamic” means “you will be mugged by lots of different ethnic groups”.

    Sounds like the Islington I used to know.

    By the way, over at Forbes someone using Tim Worstall’s account has posted the exact same quote that I used recently on Liberal Conspiracy. Making the same point about the inefficiency of the Soviet system. But they forgot to give a hat tip to the person who pointed it out to them. So rude! Someone hacked TW’s Forbes account?

  9. ” The council is focused on making Islington fairer by reducing the gap between rich and poor and …”

    JUST EMPTY THE BINS AND CLEAN THE BLOODY STREETS!!!!

  10. “30 years of public service “reform” which means that many public services, certainly those at local level, are already delivering serious value for money. All the fat was long ago pared away.”

    I’m not sure, but I suspect that a statement like that is supposed to indicate councils have closed, sold off or abandoned all of the services that provide useful functions for the inhabitants & are down to the core provisions of an extravagant catering facility for staff dining needs, adequate, secure parking for town hall employees, a thriving PR department & a weekly, 32 page newspaper complete with colour supplement to keep residents informed on how well their money is being spent.

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