This is what passes for “positive publicity” from Croydon Council: a badly taken picture, which fails to illustrate the point it is trying to make. Who’d have thought that the council has a professionally staffed press office which costs tax-payers somewhere north of £500,000 per year?
The picture shows, from the left, council leader Tony Newman (who does not normally lean to the left as much as he is doing here), the Mayor of Croydon, Patricia Hay-Justice, then some bloke who no one is quite sure what he does apart from trouser large amounts of public cash, and Tim Pollard, the leader of the Tory opposition group on the council.
This fabulous foursome had gathered outside the Town Hall to run the flag up the mast yesterday to mark the occasion of some old lady’s 90th. Newman tweeted something about being “proud to celebrate” the birthday. None of them in the picture look at their ease. And as for the flag, well…
Here at Inside Croydon Towers, we thought we’d ask our loyal reader for their thoughts on a suitable caption for this sub-optimal picture. No more than 40 words, you can post it as a comment to this article, or email us at the usual address. Usual T&Cs apply, with a bottle of cheap fizz from Marks and Sparks as a prize for the most amusing.
Extra marks will be awarded to anyone with PhotoShop skills who manages to orchestrate speech bubbles, Private Eye-style, and emails in their entry in jpg format.
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