September 2, 2016:
Harrow Council writes to local business to say “Harrow Council are launching a new Training Academy… …courses at various levels for Food safety/hygiene…”
September 6, 2016:
Harrow Times runs an article (sources not mentioned in it) which says: “Thirteen restaurants in Harrow have been handed zero hygiene ratings, according to the Food Standards Agency website on September 9, 2016. ”
I was musing this on the way home from work today. Isn’t it a coincidence that the the low Food Hygiene scores across the borough (scored by, it seems, Council officers) get splashed all over the local press just four days after the council launches it’s new training academy? And those very courses have been “…developed by Harrow Council…” as well?
Or if it isn’t a coincidence, would it perhaps be a conflict of interest, if they very body offering what you’d hope were honest and open independent assessments of your premises’ food hygiene practices also offered training to assist you? It would be nice to ask Michael Lockwood, but either he’s forgotten his email password, or he’s just ignoring us (to be honest, either is possible, but we do rather suspect the latter).
That £3,000,000 spent on a 3-year comms contract certainly seems to be worth it’s weight in, uhm, dog turd.
 No, we’re not sure how reporter Matt Lemon, the latest in a long-line of local reporters for the Harrow Times, managed to forecast the future, but we will be asking him for recommendations on lottery numbers.