What do you get when you challenge Chris Roberts for the Greenwich Council leadership? The boot, that’s what. John Fahy, who stood against the Dear Leader last month for the council’s top job, has been shunted out of his role as cabinet member for culture and Olympics, and given the unglamorous portfolio of “health, adults and older people” in Roberts’ cabinet reshuffle.
He effectively swaps positions with Roberts loyalist Peter Kotz, who takes on the renamed role of cabinet member for creative industries. It’s sad to see Cllr Fahy pushed aside – it was always enjoyable jousting with him on issues such as the Peninsula Festival (above) and he’s one of the very few Greenwich councillors to speak with any kind of openness. He leaves big shoes for Cllr Kotz to fill.
Otherwise, it’s the same old gang as usual running the council, just with new job titles to make it look like they’re making some kind of progress. What is “customer and community services” when it’s at home?
It’s worth noting that Chris Roberts has given himself the title of “lead member for finance and communications” – at least he’s taking some kind of responsibility for the council’s catastrophic attitude to communicating with its residents.