Monday, November 28, 2011

No Austerity Please, We're British: "Hammersmith and Fulham Council Spends $10 Grand on Panjandrum's Retirement Party

For our non-English speaking readers trying to run the headline through a mechanical translator the OED defines panjandrum as:
"a person who has or claims to have a great deal of authority or influence:"
For me the connotation is an old west medicine show with a wagon emblazoned "The Great Panjandrum" goes with "a self-important or pretentious official" which is probably closer to what I was picturing.
From the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle:
Debt-ridden Hammersmith and Fulham Council spent more than £7,000 of public money on a party for its retiring chief executive in what has been described as an 'astonishing' use of tax payers' cash.

More than 450 council staff attended the Town Hall event in honour of Geoff Alltimes, who last month left his job as one of the highest paid local authority executives in the country with a pay-off of more than £200,000 and an annual pension thought to be in excess of £100,000.

Conservative councillors and colleagues of Mr Alltimes insisted the public would 'understand' why the authority, which has overseen cuts to community services and buildings worth millions of pounds in what it describes as its 'relentless drive for savings', pushed the boat out to mark his 36-year council career.

But leader of the Labour opposition Stephen Cowan said: "It's hard to understand why over £7,000 of tax payers' money was wasted on a boozy knees-up...MORE
HT: EU Referendum who headlines the story: