- There's a row in the local papers about the state of the borough's roads.
- The opposition of the day say it's a disgrace.
- The governing party of the day says that it was an unprecedented set of circumstances.
- A press release is sent out saying that the gritters are working all the live-long day and that a huge amount of salted grit is being deposited daily.
- An enquiry is set up.
- The opposition ask why the council was unprepared.
- The governing party says that all due preparations had been made, above and beyond those specified by central government.
- A working group is set up to learn lessons and make recommendations.
- The working group never meets.
It's all very traditional and lovely in its way. We ought to advertise it better, I'm sure it would draw in the tourists.
This year the press release said that they were putting out 1,000 tonnes of grit a day. Explaining the preparations that had been made, the Cabinet Member responsible told the council that there were fifteen days' worth of supplies in the Bismuth lane depot.
Those of you who having been following the budget masterclass will be comfortable with the idea that 15 x 1,000 = 8,500.
"The problem is that after the first week we'd used up 8,500 tonnes of grit and we were having to wait for fresh supplies from Cheshire."