Mr Roberston wrote:
'Local authority pay for senior executives lags well behind the private sector with fewer perks such as share options. Who in the private sector would dream of being chief execuitve of Birmingham with its conglomerate of services to one million people, budget of£2.5bn and involvement with politicians for a mere£165,000?
On other pages, your arts editor reports that Tate Modern cannot find a new boss because its£75,000 salary is uncompetitive and he says the BBC is poised to offer ITV's Mary Nightingale more than her£160,000. Just how demanding is the role of a television presenter? I do not expect you will call her a fat-cat bureaucrat.
The trouble is there is no longer a generation ready to fill their shoes. Few in the public sector recommend that their children follow their example.'