We at Boriswatch HQ recently took a trip to our local picture house to see the George Clooney drama Up In The Air in which Clooney is employed to go into companies and tell their staff that they are being made redundant. It appears that Bozza must also have enjoyed the film, as he’s just decided to splash out Â£130,000 a year on Nicholas Griffin, an “efficiency czar” expected to help the Mayor deliver Â£2.4 billion in savings over the next three years.
(Incidentally, I like how Mr Griffin uses his full Christian name. “Boris Employs Nick Griffin” not a headline the Mayor wants to see, I don’t imagine).
Griffin is a former managing partner at City consultants Deloitte and will be paid up to Â£130,000 a year to oversee performance at GLA bodies including Transport for London, Scotland Yard and the Fire Authority. He will, apparently, have to find Â£1.7billion of cuts at TfL alone. The axe is likely to fall in areas such as information technology and human resources and some jobs are expected to go.
Reports that Griffin will rack up Clooney-esque numbers of hotel reward perks as he travels around London giving people the sack remain unconfirmed….