It seems that the council had a policy of not awarding bonuses and in addition had embarked on spending reductions through efficiency savings. Excellent work you might think except that in their own case the councillors decided that they should receive special one-off payments to recognise the councilors achievements.
One off payments to recognise achievements? Hmm.. What does that remind me of? Oh, yes. A bonus! But hang on, I thought that Hampshire council had a policy of not awarding bonuses, presumably in an effort to reduce costs. Part of the efficiency savings, so to speak.
Ah, but these were not bonuses claims Ken Thornber, these were “honorariums”.
Well, I don’t know about you dear reader but I hav never heard of honorariums before. In the past corrupt council officials such as Mr. Thornber may have got away with his fancy talk as nobody would have been bothered to look the word up. Thankfully, today we have the web and a quick reference to Wikiepdia reveals:
“An honorarium is an ex gratia payment made to a person for their services in a volunteer capacity or for services for which fees are not traditionally required. This is used by groups such as schools or sporting clubs to pay coaches for their costs. Another example includes the payment to a guest speaker at a conference to cover their travel, accommodation, or preparation time.”
That doesn’t sound right does it. The councillors are not volunteers, they’re paid employees.
Let’s check out Thefreedictionary.com
“(Business / Commerce) a fee paid for a nominally free service”
Well that isn’t right either. A councillor doesn’t provide a nominally free service.
One can only conclude that Ken Thornber is lying in order to disguise the fact that he has forced all his staff to give up bonuses in order to make savings so he and his friends can cream off some of the savings for himself. What a bastard!
Let’s see if we can find a picture of Mr. Thornber shall we. Here we go. Hmm. He has a nice tan doesn’t he? I bet he can afford a lot of nice holidays…..with someone else’s money.