Saturday’s picture of the finance convener in empty Marischal Square deliberating over “chiefs for £125m cuts programme” had me re-reading Friday’s paper where £20 million is to be spent on Gardens project – one of fifty projects to transform the City. It will include “halo” lighting feature to complement big spending on new street lights and more coloured lamps elsewhere. Reported teacher Vacancies (“92” in the City) and “schools dropping subjects” in the Shire indicate where the money is coming from. My problem is that the absence of an Education director to fight for the principal responsibility of Local Councils (yes, I appreciate bin emptying is important too) reminds me of the last similar re-organisation which resulted in the thoughtful predecessor John Stodter going south. He said you can change staff or change staff behaviour. I do appreciate, though, how the constant cuts mantra contributes to the first, and indeed the second.