I've had the latest issue of Greenwich Time popped through my door, which is good timing as I need something to line my green food caddy with.
The front page boasts about how the Council are spending £1 million on a new police initiative to fight gang crime. This, they say, is a "part of [the council's] ongoing commitment to focus Council spending on the issues and services that matter most to local residents."
Remember that Greenwich is the Council that spends £3.1 million on publicity every year.
Bexley, Bromley and Croydon each spend an average of just over £0.8 million a year each.
£1 million a year for tackling gang crime.
£2.5 million more every year than other local Council's to tell us how good the Council is.
I think it's pretty clear which are the "issues and services that matter most" to the Council and I don't think they're the ones that matter to local residents.
PS: I've brought the spending on publicity up several times and I don't apologise for doing it again. It's important that we know about it and if just one person reading this remembers to tackle a Council member about this come election time (which is about the only time that we see them) then I think it's worth it.