I only wonder but … the job of being a local council Chief Executive involves being responsible for far more staff, far bigger budgets and (much though I think my colleagues in our media team are important) far more important issues than heading up a media team.
The awful fallout if a council bungles its Children’s Services is perhaps the starkest indication of how much more important running a council is than running a media team.
Yesterday Eric Pickles was in the news attacking councils, some of whom paying their chief executives six figures salaries. Leaving aside the embarrassing for him point that six out of the eight top council payers are in fact Conservative controlled, I wonder where this leaves his view of Andy Coulson’s £270,000 salary as the Conservative Party’s Head of Communications?
Surely on his own logic, that must be a very inflated salary and rather a waste of Conservative Party members’ funds? Just thought I’d ask.