Monday, 7 July 2008

Boris Johnson's other 'Value for Money' Deputy

The man Boris Johnson charged with extracting 'maximum value' from local government, was slammed this week after it was revealed he had spent over £10,000 of tax-payers money on foreign trips and furnishing his office.

Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor for Government Relations Ian Clement went on two trips to 'leadership courses' in Boston and California while he was leader of Bexley Council.

But it now appears that many of Clements coleagues were not even aware he had taken the trips until he had left to work for Boris.

Clement also came under fire after it was revealed that he had spent over £3000 on redecorating and furnishing his office, within a building that was soon to be demolished.

Bexley Councillor Chris Ball asked last week:

"Why was his office refurbished, when elsewhere in the building taps are leaking and windows are falling apart and no work is allowed except on health and safety grounds?"

The news that the leader of their council was spending thousands of pounds on his own advancement and comfort at the same time as axing meals and wheels and ramping up fees and charges, has understandably not gone down well with local tax payers.

But with Clement now happily ensconced in his new office in City Hall, he probably won't be letting himself get too worried about any of that.

10 comments:

Toneytony said...

Hey leave off. He's an important man. He needs to be comfortable as he's signing away our money. That's his job don't you know? Who are you to question how he spends our money? If he wants to jet off to California to learn about their rubbish collection policy and to have a jolly at the same time, who are you to tell him otherwise. Know your place sir!

The Tory Troll said...

Quite so. Quite so.

Anonymous said...

Clement is to value for money what Ray Lewis is to honesty, what what.

Anonymous said...

Have just read Gillighan's defence of Boris, what a sycophant that man is!

Boris's denial of his Millwall meeting is tantamount to calling the Bishop of Barking a liar.

The Tory Troll said...

Yes it's pretty desperate when proven liar Boris Johnson, employer of proven liar Ray Lewis, is accusing a Bishop of being dishonest. Still, desperate times make for desperate measures I guess.

stuart graham said...

I'm now beginning to wonder if Boris actually is qualified in Latin. Has anyone seen his certificates?
Was Tim Parker really employed by AA or maybe he was a used car seller before that....

The Tory Troll said...

Aha yes. Breaking news just in: Patience Wheatcroft was only the editor of her church newsletter and david Cameron was previously the advisor to his local bank manager. More revelations as they come in...

angelneptunestar said...

This is reaching a pretty low level now.

The Tory Troll said...

What, the jokes or the administration?

Technomist said...

Ian Clement, like Lewis, is every inch the modern politician; a man not to be trusted with other people's money, a man who exaggerates his achievements, a man who calculates how to get into office with no-one around him doing anything to find out who he really is and what he has really achieved, a man who runs way from attempts to hold him accountable for his actions.

With local government and the House of commons is as corrupt as it is it these days, full of people who are only there so they can get their hands on public money, we need more media 'witchhunts' of the kind IDS has been criticising. The current generation of party yes-men - aspirants to expense accounts and little else, need to go. The trough snufflers should be hounded out of office, and if the political parties won't do it because they don't see how low they have sunk and clean up their act, then we need bloggers and the media to help expose the appalling depths to which the nation has sunk and begin the clean up of the appalling stench which is hanging over our public life.