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The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh.

Notebook by Bill Heaney

The salary isn’t wonderful given the astronomical wages available in the public sector these days, but there are a few people around here that large numbers would like to see apply for this appointment at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The recent senior management re-shuffle at West Dunbartonshire Council may have left some officials with itchy feet. And a desire to get back to fine dining and expensive food, not to mention champagne. There will be plenty of people prepared to invite you to forbidden meetings with  people who hope to land lucrative contracts Some of them are worth millions of pounds. They say a change is as good as a holiday. Just think of all the attractions in the capital city – all those five-star hotels and fine dining establishments – and the power to be able to do things like ban and boycott journalists for no good reason; journalists who might have the temerity to ask what you are up to now and again. And to explain yourself to the taxpayers who pay your wages. Or who have the gall to tell a junior official quietly to “bugger off” when they start patronising and pressurising you while you are trying to do your job. That particular journalist, myself, has been met with an indefinite ban and boycott which does not allow him to ask questions through the Communications Department, which spends £500,000 a year failing to communicate, except with those and such as those, and acting like a bouncer when people try to get into meetings. Or interview politicians. And all this has the blessing of the SNP. These official big eaters, comic singers and simultaneous dancers have been let off with a slap on the wrist. For playing golf, drinking champagne and Rioja, eating T-bone steaks and fancy fish dishes with business people looking for contracts with whom they are banned from fraternising, they have been quietly moved on – and even praised for the service they have given the public. Now that would be funny were it not so serious.  In Edinburgh, there would be the advantage of working in a debating chamber, where you can actually see people taking part in meetings and hear what they are saying. And there would be plenty of feisty colleagues around to give you a hand putting doddering old reporters such as me in their place. The Holyrood building has something in common with the Council Offices in Church Street in that millions of £s more than was originally anticipated was spent on it. A cool £15 million plus and counting, which was a round the original price quoted to build the for the Scottish Parliament from the ground up. But we never hear the final figure. This would be a terrific career move for people with a track record for lording it over others in an undemocratic manner without first receiving approval from democratically elected members of the Council. Or from anyone for that matter.  Any real politicians around here should step up to the plate (not literally, of course) immediately and sort out our procurement scandal. Or maybe someone has you hen-pecked? Bill Heaney

Clerk/Chief Executive

Clerk/Chief Executive
 £140,112 to £159,641 per annum
Working pattern:This is a full-time permanent post and our normal working week is 37 hours. We currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements
Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh
Closing date:  12 noon on Monday 19 August 2019

Twenty years on from the creation of the Scottish Parliament we are looking for a new Clerk/Chief Executive to undertake this high profile and uniquely challenging role.

This is an exciting opportunity for an inspirational and credible leader to lead a high performing organisation in a complex and changing political environment.  If you have significant experience in a senior leadership role coupled with high levels of political and organisational judgement, this could be the role for you.

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