A county council has announced it will raise local taxes, after it paid an internet prankster almost £500,000 to run its Facebook Covid page.
Simon Harris was paid from 2020-2023 to share information on its Essex coronavirus action page relating to government restrictions, support for vulnerable individuals and volunteering opportunities at vaccination centres.
The comedian, who ran the recently closed parody website Southend News Network, was given 34 separate payments over three years by the Conservative-run Essex County Council totalling £493,000.
Whether half a mil is the right number or not I’ve no idea. I can imagine that running a team – which he was – could cost about that.
But this idea that because he’s a copmedian he shouldn’t have been hired, that’s a bit confected.
Being able to run a social media campaign is being able to run a social media campaign. That one that was run happened to be a pretty good satire site (Southend News) isn’t a disqualification, it’s a proof of ability instead.
That he satirised politicians might be the cause of this outrage from politicians….