Foghorn’s worry

I found this unintentionally humorous tweet on Foghorn Phibb’s Twitter feed that is dated 4 April.

Translation: Private Eye isn’t doing what we want them to do. How dare they?

Regular readers will recall that Phibbs took exception to Hammersmith & Fulham being the subject of the magazine’s “Rotten Boroughs” column and, more importantly, the Eye’s report on the council’s tax-dodging antics. Such was his fury, that he tried to persuade the magazine to adopt a more lenient position. He failed (just like he failed to understand what the Latin phrase “sotto voce” means).

It seems Foghorn hasn’t quite grasped Private Eyes raison d’ être. Should we tell him? No, leave him to make a complete tool of himself (which isn’t, when all is said and done,  that difficult).


The local Tories have published a recent letter sent to Private Eye by Phibbsy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Letter to Private Eye from Cllr Harry Phibbs

Dear Sir,

Your item about councillor allowances in Hammersmith and Fulham was misleading. Our allowances have been frozen for four years in a row.

Our basic allowance is £8,940 a year. Barking & Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Lambeth, Southwark and Newham are among those paying over £10,000 a year to their councillors.

The reason my own allowances increased between 2009/10 and 2010/11 was that I became a Cabinet Member and was paid extra for that. But the total budget for all the allowances remained the same. So the analogy with Council chief executives in North Tyneside and Newcastle being given big pay rises for carrying out the same role doesn’t really stand up.

Yours faithfully,
Cllr Harrry Phibbs,
Hammersmith and Fulham Council

Excuses, excuses. Anyway, what does the title “Cabinet Member for Community Engagement” mean in layman’s terms? And yes,  your eyes aren’t deceiving you, dear reader, there are 2 “R’s” in Harry.

As for “journalistic standards”, is he trying to tell us that his paper, The Daily Mail, upholds such standards? Excuse me, while I laugh and roll about on the floor.


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