The highlight of Cabinet each month, other than where you get to hear the opposition quiz the administration on anything under the sun for 15 minutes, is that residents can also ask questions. This month’s meeting, due to the usual committee rooms being pimped off for some filming or something, had the charm of a railway station waiting room with the toilets to match.
Residents get one question and one follow-up supplementary each meeting. And, apparently, this is not to be used as a source of amusement…
Question: “Would you agree with me that the wellbeing of council staff – such as helping them in reducing stress, and increasing motivation and productivity – is of the utmost importance to you?”
Answer (Cllr Sachin Shah): “Yes”
Supplementary question: “That’s excellent to hear. Thank you. Now, onto the matter in hand… You may have read of a survey by Time Out New York last year which found that 39% of New York office workers admit to masturbating whilst at work, an act which Mark Sergeant, a senior lecturer in psychology at Nottingham Trent University, describes as – and I quote – “…a great way to relieve tension and stress,” and “…a great form of self-motivational reward.” As a council keen to innovate, and since you’re very likely surrounded by them, will your administration – indeed, you personally – be taking a firm grip, and looking at how you can accommodate, support and encourage the four out of every ten – that’s two out of five, Sachin – council staff officers, senior management and, of course, your administration, who are, statistically, w*nkers?”
Answer (Cllr Sachin Shah): “I’m going to refuse to answer that.”
There was more from the Leader, but it was difficult to hear with all the laugher from the Conservative ranks, so you’ll have to wait until the recording is published on the council’s website to see who said what.