To look after its properties, the council created the largest management organisation of its type in England – unfeasibly large, it turned out, and unaccountable to its own tenants. This was the £11m-a-year body that handed the £10m refurbishment contract to the builder Rydon. The best that can be said of such outsourcing – whether in managing flats or running council departments – is that the public ends up paying more for a service that’s worse. It allows big companies to profiteer from basic public needs, and to evade democratic control.
Chakrabortty obviously has simply no knowledge at all about how appalling the direct labour organisations were in local councils.
And, umm, well, how many residential towers does K&C have? And is that enough to warrant a full time, long term, labour force able to do such renovations? For labour isn’t some homogenous grouping any more. You don’t just have 300 navvies on hte staff and they get the stuff done any more.