Like all councils, Helminthdale is in a constant state of financial crisis. A colleague asks if T. Aldous' penny-pinching is anything to do with problems with the council budget. Probably not, I suspect he learnt his trade at the feet of his predecessor, Billy Mothballs. Council minutes show that in the big financial crash of the early nineties, when blood and jobs were flowing through the council chambers, Billy went to his committee and presented his plan for savings on the library budget.
"This is very good Billy," said the Chair of Leisure Services. "Now go away and come back with some smaller cuts."