never get around to watching TV, one programme a week currently, but fortunately
readers are more on the ball, hence the picture of councillor Katie Perrior on
BBC’s Watchdog on 6th October. I don’t know whether she made a genuine complaint
like a normal viewer or was called in to fill a hole as an ‘industry insider’,
but the story was she had booked a British Airways flight to the USA and decided
to “treat myself to an upgrade” only to find that her inflight entertainment
system didn’t work. Katie’s complaint to BA resulted in £50 compensation but
that wasn’t good enough for her, she complained to Watchdog; or as I suspect
is more likely was bemoaning her luck in a posh wine bar with her media friends
when it was realised that her disappointment with BA would ideally fill out a
programme highlighting several BA failings.
Nothing much wrong with any of that, but what is a struggling Bexley mother, unable to be a councillor without her £22,615 allowance, who knows what it is like to be “not rich”, doing flitting off to the States at all, let alone splashing out on an upgrade to ‘Premium’ as a treat? Presumably it is because her letter to the Bexley Chronicle last March was an attempt to deceive the electorate. If that is how she thinks a councillor should behave, she is in good company at Bexley council.
Earlier blogs on Katie Perrior…
• 2 May 2011 - Flak over Flackley
• 22 May 2011 - Hypocrisy or what?
• 4 June 2011 - Taking lessons from Joseph
• 12 August 2011 - One broke the law, the other wants to
• 27 September 2011 - High flyer
For those tempted to watch the programme on BBC i-Player, our Katie comes on at 30:37 into the recording.
Ms. Perrior’s impoverished status taken from her letter to the Bexley Chronicle available on-line. May 2011 issue.