Actually, I know full well why council deem themselves to be above financial reality; they know that they can simply raise taxes (either directly via council tax, or indirectly via ludicrous fines) to cover any shortfall.
That being said the arrogance of those running our local councils does still take my breath away. The Telegraph recently reported that, despite orders to cut spending by around 30%, council executives (let us be clear it is not the councillors but the executives that they employ) are happily spending lavish sums on dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, leisure trips and expensive gifts (eg iPads and video games).
The travel bill over the last three years has topped £2M to places such as Thailand, Kenya and Bermuda.
Councils have also spent £2M on hotel bills, £2.6M on dinners, £0.5M on gifts etc etc.
The Telegraph estimates that credit card spending by local councils over the last 3 years has topped £100M. Note, some of this will be legitimate and specifically related to genuine business expenditure.
That being said I am at a loss to understand why Horsham Council used a credit card to spend £1150 on two llamas.
The executives of local council are quite clearly taking the piss.
Councils have become the enemy of the people!
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