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News and Comment April 2012

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27 April (Part 1) - You couldn’t make it up, but they did

It’s been rather too busy here to have to fall back on the old standby, the council’s a accounts, but now that the Olly Cromwell business is in limbo until May 9th, today I shall do so. Those who are addicted to the Olly fiasco can go and read today’s Guardian blog instead.

An item in Bexley’s Budget Update issued in February is “Unquantifiable To Be Determined Items”. There’s bound to be a few items that fall into such a category, some things will be known unknowns as US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld famously declared, but unlike Bexley council, he didn’t go on to specify exactly what the known unknowns were. Bexley is far more knowledgeable than Rumsfeld; it says that its “Unquantifiable To Be Determined Items” can be quantified as saving £200,000 in the financial year just gone and £320,000 in the current one.

Just like Councillor Craske’s estimate of £240 to issue a parking permit, they make it up as they go along.


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