Friday, June 05, 2009

Spend money to make money?

The Scottish Sun highlights monies spent by some Scottish councils sending officials abroad. Highland council spent £24,537 on 29 foreign jaunts whilst other councils such as Inverclyde spent nothing.
Are these trips ‘foreign jollies’ as The Sun labels them, or genuine fact-finding and promotional business ventures? All councils are hard pressed for cash and so you can only assume that such trips are deemed as truly necessary

5 comments:

Pookie Candelabra said...

Carbon footprint up the arse I think. It's the only language these bastards understand. PX

Anonymous said...

Well, considering what a clueless bunch of bureaucrats seem to run the HC, I don't know what would be most amazing - that we'd presume they have any business sense, or that we might presume they'd learn something about business by travelling on our money. :)

- Brian

Pookie Candelabra said...

What? Nony Mouse, sure you're sweet, but u do go on a bit, n that, y'know, like. As I said, earlier, before, previously, etc - carbon footprint up the arse. a.s.a. bloody p. XX

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone in their right mind 'presume' anything on the matter?

Anonymous said...

It’s very easy to make snide remarks about people who work for the council; they do not have a platform to defend themselves, and are rarely praised even when their work is excellent. The authors of such comments rarely want to change matters by working for the council (As they themselves are always so great) but are content to sit on the side lines and snipe.
With regard business trips abroad… having had to make such trips, to those who again look on from the sidelines it might seem like a great perk of a job, I can assure them it is not. From the Highlands if you are flying to say mainland Europe it always means a very long day getting to say Inverness airport and then on to Gatwick (Sweating you’ll make the connection), or travelling to Aberdeen, Glasgow, or Edinburgh. You spend hours sitting in an airport or on a plane and generally arrive very tired and not really wanting much more than have a shower and to go to sleep, you then attend to your business meeting/exhibition keeping an eye on the clock for your trip home. Rarely is there any time to ‘sight see’ and if you do have a free evening most places are closed. If you are on your own the lonely meals and maybe a drink in the bar are not very exciting, and I can assure people that I would much rather be at home. You do your best to write up notes from your trip on your way back, often arriving home in the wee small hours, and then be expected to be in the office for 9:00 am the next day. Glamorous no, see much of other countries, no.
I’m sure with the current budget restrictions Highland Council have cut back on their foreign travel, but all to easy to label them as cretins and their business trips as ‘jollies’.