Strange but true. The last two or three times I have visited Fortress Thanet for meetings a weird new ritual has been happening. I could be in the lift, or the khazi, or walking down a corridor when from nowhere a member of staff approaches me. After making furtive sidelong glances to check the are not being observed, they whisper "love your blog its nice to hear the truth" or words to that effect.
Apparently, if what I am told is true, my blog is becoming a popular subject of whispered conversation and merriment throughout the Fortress. I have done some analysis of readership patterns and I think what I have been told must be true. There are three spikes of readerships numbers - between 7-9am when Council staff are breakfasting with their loved ones, Lunchtime when Council staff take a recreational stroll and consult their mobile devices and evening when Council staff kick off their shoes pour a stiff gin tonic and relax over a good blog, On the weekend my readership numbers plummet. I've worked why. Because Council staff are so knackered, after managing an impossible workload following never ending rounds of re-organisations, re-structuring and redundancies, that all they want to do is sleep.
Anyway I encourage all my new readers from Thanet Council to keep checking in and spreading the word about this humble blog. I occasionally receive unsolicited documents and feedback keep it coming say I and thank you to hard working civic minded officers. Here are a few of the messages good and bad from this week
Dr SMcG "Hi Ian I am a hardworking top council boss and regularly read your blog for tips and tricks about managing the public purse"
Cllr CH "Afternoon Ian I am a hardworking top council political boss. Your blog is great. It's taught me all I know about openness and transparency. I have stolen a lot of your ideas about reporting bad debt and getting tough with developers keep it coming I need all the votes I can get"
Mr TP. "Ello Ian. I am a hardworking real estate boss with close links to the Council. I hate your blog you are an annoying fat w**ker" - Calm down Mr P. My advice to you is to take a relaxing stroll along the Ramsgate Royal Sands
Mr HP Saucy "Hey Driver I am a hardworking top legal adviser I just wish you would stop twisting the Council's melon man or I'll be forced to caaaall the cops!"
Ms LS "Hi Ian I am a hardworking local MP somewhere in the south east my advice to you is frack orf! - blimey what did I do wrong?