Katherine Barney is one of the journalists at the Evening Standard who generally does a good job, but her City Hall job cuts story today was pretty shoddy:
"CITY Hall staff today told of a "climate of fear" as up to 120 positions were cut as a result of Boris Johnson's restructuring plans."
Now I'm willing to accept that this was mostly the fault of the sub-editors, but Boris is not axing '120 jobs' or anything like it.
In fact the grand total of 'real' jobs lost under these plans is just 45.
Now obviously if you're one of those 45, then it's terrible news, but it hardly amounts to a climate of fear within an organisation employing around fifteen times that many people.
On the other hand, being told by the Standard that 120 jobs are up for the axe (when they're not) may have gone some way to actually creating that climate of fear.
A fact not missed by one commenter:
Cuts for cuts sake?
Now I'm willing to accept that some of these job cuts may have been necessary.
But for an organisation which Boris has repeatedly described as massively overstaffed these are minor, tokenistic changes that Boris has made.
And with the salaries of his own Deputies and appointments, mysteriously unaffected by the downturn, there will be many who wonder just why Boris has decided to do this right now.
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