In a Pickle
In more ways than one
Sunday has not started as I might have planned, my monitor on the desktop has died, so I’m having to use my back up laptop which does not give me full access to some of my blogging resources, such as my file to add social networking links and my picture files, but I’ll manage for now until a new monitor can be acquired.
Was interested to learn that Eric Pickles the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government would like to see 55 “Brummie” jobs exported to South Shields rather than India, the big question still remains over whether such a move might save money for Birmingham. One assumes that they’ve already looked at the cost implications of outsourcing this work within the UK call centre industry and not found it viable, hence their decision to move the operation to India. It is a sad reflection on on (a) the unit costs of British contact centre operations, (b) the pressures that local government is under to find new ways to provide “value for money” services, and (c) the onward shift of economic power towards the far east as the economies of India and China continue to grow at a hectic pace. However, BT South Tyneside, which watches its new HQ at Harton Staithes, South Shields approach completion, can take some heart from the knowledge that UK consumers apparently prefer to talk to home based operators, BT were one of the first major companies to begin returning these jobs to the UK so perhaps they may be able to persuade Birmingham council to rethink. Some commentators at the Shields Gazette website make the salient point that it would have been nice to see our own MP David Miliband making a pitch for these jobs on our behalf, you would imagine that it might be considered part of his job role.
The third pickle to madden me this morning is the attitude of the former Conservative councillor, now independent, David Potts, who continues to tweet a stream of abusive invective against those constituents of his who are calling for his resignation. Cllr. Potts, if in your delusional world you are so determined that you have the support of the people of Cleadon Village and East Boldon then please resign your seat at the earliest opportunity, so that they may test your conviction at the ballot box. I’m sure that they may have supported you as a Conservative some time ago, I’m not so sure that they would repeat the gesture, and I’m fairly certain that they would not support you as an independent candidate. Your continued use of Twitter to abuse people robs you of all remaining dignity and harms the case for those who may seek to launch a libel action against another blogger – just why in Gods name did you get yourself in this pickle?
Finally, in another pickle, I couldn’t make it to the Cookson Parade in South Shields yesterday, but I am glad to learn that it was well attended in good warm weather, “Missy” was there and managed to win a giant teddy bear in the Bents Park, so at least one person is happy this morning!