As everybody knows
Maybe. There’s a lot of similarities. But while Weinberg was openly nasty and made a big show of liking to humiliate staff in public, Spiersy (who is apparently known as ‘Mr. Bland’ by his office staff) prefers to do his dirty work in a more indirect way, using others as the fall-guys. Look at how Dave ‘Mac the Knife’ Mackintosh has been used by Spiers to brutally slash the admin and technical support across the University. Ever keen to oblige, as he knows he is expendable, Mac the Knife has carried out Mr. Bland’s cuts with ruthless efficiency after a so-called staff ‘consultation’ (which was meaningless). But everyone knows, including the ones who are being made redundant, that the hand of Spiers was at work in this all along. The decision to slash support services was made by Blandy well over a year ago. Now the nasty deed has been done, what’s the betting that the tragically compliant Mackintosh will himself soon be eased off the SLT and sent packing? Watch yer back, Mac!
Amazing what you hear in a lift, and KU’s Dear Leader will not be best pleased. According to coffee-break gossip across parts of Uni admin, somebody heard two members of the Senior Leadership Team (who’ll remain nameless for now, to spare their blushes) slagging off Spiersy behind his back and laughing about what he calls his ‘People Impact’ plans. Think about that: that’s two members of the SLT, who often sit with the V.C. in meetings, being nice and loyal to him to his face, then back-stabbing him and ridiculing him in private. What did they find so amusing? The V.C. has allegedly been boasting to whoever will listen that the ‘refashioning’ of professional and support services will BOTH reduce and enhance the service. He will not listen to any evidence that says otherwise, even though there’s plenty of it. No wonder members of his own team have serious doubts. But they are too gutless to say so. Pathetic, really.
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