Yesterday there was talk by the Government of "emergency teams" going into councils worst affected by the Iceland deposits problem. It turns out that these "emergency teams" consisted of one representative of the LGA. "Pointless" was how one Tamworth councillor described the one hour visit from the duo, in which no practical assistance was offered.
Eric Pickles was more forthright:
“Labour might have been better off buying the three councils a lingraphone tape in conversational Icelandic for all the help they’ve offered up. John Healey has cynically used these three authorities as a political football trying to divert attention away from the Government’s mismanagement of this crisis. Day by day this saga has unraveled into a comedy of errors.”