Friday, February 15, 2008

Islington upon Camden

Clearly exhausted from throwing all that public money around, civil servants have thrown millions at "the wrong Newcastle".

Two point eight million pounds of Local Authority Business Growth Incentive cash - or LABGI to its friends - has been given to Newcastle-under-Lyme rather than Newcastle upon Tyne by mistake.

It's easy to do, I suppose. By Labour government standards, £2.8 million is mere loose change. Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Simon Tagg complains bitterly that "if we do have to pay it back, it should be over twenty years". Sorry? What does he mean, "if"?

Perhaps Kent should change its name to Islington upon Camden...

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