I don’t believe it!

I feel the need to warn you that this is a seriously grumpy old man blog post. If you need cheering up try this. If you want to throw the computer out of the window, read on…

It seems that the Cornwall Development Company for advertising a £19,689 job for an Olympic Torch Relay project officer. The job description is here.

This needs investigating and I have. It seems that the role will involve co-ordinating the flame’s passage through Cornwall on 19 May next year “stimulating excitement” for the London 2012 Games. It’s a fixed term contract runs from October to May and will see the job-winner work alongside Visit England, Locog and Cornwall Council in the build-up to the event.

I am not joking. This is a real job. You have to ‘organise’ the (a) day next year. I’m sure it’s going to need a lot of organising?

As you might imagine this has created a bit of controversy. The Development Company have been moved to defend the decision to create the role. Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, the tourism arm of the organisation, said it was a “small amount of money” when compared with how much the county could make by running a well-organised publicity campaign.

It is also a non-job Mr Bell. I think I could ‘organise’ the visit of the torch in a couple of hours.

Having smiled first and then become irritated with such a stupid situation I have decided to take matters into my own hands.

I have applied for the job. I’ll let you know how I get on…