What if the boot was on the other foot and councillors criticised officers in public?

Regarding our earlier post about derogatory remarks made by a senior EDDC officer about councillors defending the East Devon countryside, imagine the same comment turned 180 degrees and being about officers – this is what it would say:

“Where in the past some Officers have sought to drive up housing numbers to damage the environment and satisfy the expressed desires of the Conservative government to see only massive growth and inappropriate development, this has arguably been a short sighted and perhaps self defeating approach. In terms of following through on the Government’s objectives, we are required to have an objectively assessed housing need which meets the identified needs of the district and then to purposively meet that need.”

Might then “some officers” be extremely angry?