It’s now four months since we first discussed the public disquiet over the council Chief Executive’s ‘pay rise’. It’s about three months since the terms of reference for an independent enquiry into the saga were published.
Now, realistically, it should only take a few days, at most, for an investigator to find out what happened. Allow them a preliminary week to plan how they’ll tackle the task and read the relevant background paperwork, and a week or so afterwards to write their report in a tactful ‘no-one’s to blame’, ‘lessons have been learned’ style, and the whole job could have been completed in under a month.
So, why is it taking so long? Well, a cynic might say that the council is waiting to bury bad news. Is it waiting for the election results to fill the headlines? Or perhaps waiting until everyone is more interested in Christmas activities? Who knows. Of course, this would be accusing the council of disgracefully-low standards. But hasn’t the council behaved pretty badly already, by keeping local tax-payers in the dark? Why expect it to show higher standards now?