On 29th November, in the same issue of the Champion the Brough row was reported, Council Leader Ian Moran wrote that “Supporting small businesses fits in with a key priority of the Council Plan for the authority to be ambitious for the local economy and to retain and grow jobs”. The council also said “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support and celebrate the quality of our small businesses and all that they bring to the local economy in the borough”.
And, as you would expect, we now read that “Council hits back in row over switch-on” as the “Butchers’ claims refuted as authority says event received lots of positive comments”. The smoke and mirrors, or as we know it the obscured or embellished truth by misleading or irrelevant information, is in full flow. “The switch-on event was enjoyed by huge crowds, even more popular than previous years with almost double the footfall in the town centre from last year’s event”. How does council know that? Was a jobsworth out in the town centre clicking a meter every time someone appeared? Might there have been double counting? Or just some tricky inventiveness?
“A spokesman for the authority said that the council had received a lot of positive comments about the event, particularly on the night itself”. Was that the same jobsworth as the meter clicker, wearing a council jacket that said “give me your positive comments”? Really, surely WLBC can do better than this bullshit?
We are left in no doubt by this press statement that WLBC is lilywhite and Broughs are entirely to blame for their poor sales on the night. Broughs should have approached the council in advance to discuss their proposals, they should have shown they could meet all statutory requirements, yet WLBC doesn’t state that the hot food van DID meet ITS statutory requirements, if it had any?
Let’s hope that all the claims council has made in its statement can be proved, especially the footfall and the positive comments. But this smacks of the “council to press and media smoke and mirrors”, the classic response to a public cock-up.