Big Society Suffolk: the first casualties

The New (No) Strategic Direction has claimed its first casualites (that is if you don’t count community libraries and parks).  Today it was announced that Council Leader Jeremy Pembroke is to retire.  This follows a day after announcement of the immediate departure of Resources Director Graham Dixon and monitoring officer Eric Whitfield.  Both Dixon and Whitfield were closely associated with the implementation of the NSD – which raises the question of whether they were ousted as a result of failure to move this forward or because of objections to the self-evident madness of the policy.

Much is being made of Pembroke’s decency.  Presumeably therefore he has done the decent thing.

How many more people will end up going before the policy itself becomes a casualty.  Silly question really because, of course, the intention of the policy is to get rid of everyone and pay Serco to run the place.  Serco already takes care of our rubbish, why not then take care of the elderly or education?

Update:  Just noticed – there was an earlier casualty as James Hargraves’ blog points out.

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