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Drawing The Line…

The pic says it all: enough is enough…  So the line being drawn in the sand is not about who is in the little Surrey Heath Borough Council club called the conservative group, it is that line being drawn between politics based on emotion and politics based on facts. I’ve been removed by the leader’s pique of raging emotion, one that has damaged and will damage the Council for many years to come. I’ve watched this get worse and worse in the last year or so.
Unfortunately, people dominated by emotion are detached from the truth of the actual world that we actually live in. Up becomes down, left becomes right, black becomes white, and so it goes. Whilst you can try and put up with it for awhile, at some point enough is enough…
In the next few days we will discuss the fake-lawyer credentials of the leader, the debacle of the Camberley Town Centre, the state of the A30, how the patronage is dispensed by the leader, and why it’s not going to change voluntarily. However, understand this: I am not surrendering my beliefs as a Conservative, and I am not going to stop representing my fellow residents of Frimley as a Councillor.
Conservatism made simpleSo, if you can’t stomach the delusion any longer, does that make you a bad Conservative???  Well, myself and several others believe that in fact it makes you a stronger one. One willing to stand up for what he believes in, the values espoused by one of our greatest leaders: facts not emotion. Stay tuned…
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The Messenger is Shot

So, you can shoot the messenger, but the message lives on… Last night 23 of my former Surrey Heath Borough Council Conservative colleagues (out of 36) voted for me to leave the Group because they did not like the hard questions I keep asking about the Council’s Operations.  Well guess what girls, the questions aren’t going away for the residents of Surrey Heath. This graphic sums it up best:

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The Tosser…

Finally Tosses Himself Over…

Thank God Dave, you finally put us out of our misery…  Ever since January when you publicly decided to be the Prime Minister of half the country, you have demonstrated to everyone the tosser that you are.  We are a whole country, when you stood for Prime Minister, you agreed to be PM for all of us, not just those who wanted to remain with the  tax and spend Eurocrats…

How about a new career of running shopping malls? I know of one…

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Being a Conservative, made simple

So what makes a Conservative? Fortunately our former leader made it very clear a couple of decades ago, and it’s still true today.  It was clearly captured in the Maurice Saatchi interview on the Today Programme on 9th April 2013:

Free market, Small state, Low taxes, Independence, Individuality, Self determination
The object when she was leader of the opposition in the mid 70’s when she established the centre for policy studies (CPS) was to promote an ‘ism called conservatism. which in her mind was a philosophy, and the object of the exercise was to explain that philosophy and see if people would support it, and now we have a situation all these years later when you can tap anyone on the shoulder anywhere in the world and ask them what Mrs Thatcher stood for and you will get a straight answer in a second.
It couldn’t be simpler, the motive was exactly the same as it was with the founding the CPS. Interesting enough it translates down in to several things for local government:
  1. Serve the constituents, first and foremost. It is the reason for government, to serve the primary interests of the constituents. Not for the constituents to serve the Council… That money & those assets you hold are theirs, not yours…  Serve them for a couple of terms, not a couple of decades…
  2. Keep the taxes low. Stop raising Council Taxes for things you really don’t need. Unless you can show exactly why you absolutely have to raise them, just stop…
  3. Transparency in everything you do. In the digital age we live in, there is no excuse not to let the public in on what you are doing, particularly if you are a small, under £20M/annum Council. Hold hearings and consultations on any significant decision; that public is a lot smarter than you think they are…
  4. Individual votes published at all times. Publish how each councillor votes on every issue, secret votes are cowardly votes. Let them explain it to their constituents
  5. Answer the questions, don’t shoot the messenger. Diversity of opinion is a strength not a weakness.
Do many Conservative Councils have the guts to live up the the legacy of our former leader? Not many that I know of…
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Identity, where the understanding starts…

I suppose I probably should have been more observant during my first five years as a Councillor to the identity that the Council has of itself. My experience in life suggests that it’s very difficult to really understand a person until you understand the identity they have of themselves. So, the identity that any particular council has of itself is generally the consolidated identity of the majority of the Councillors. In fact, the real truth about the results of any Council, both at a local and regional level is the direct out-working of the very personal identity(s) of the majority of the Councillors.

I think without exception, the real difficulty is that where there are really bad results, those stem directly from situations where the identity of each of the leaders of the group is more important to them than the results they produce.  So we had to ask ourselves, what is it about the identity of individuals who produce really bad results that is the real problem? So I think it comes down to a few really important things, all of them are very personal character identity issues…

1-The first is the obsession with the titles and positions: I am the leader of this or the leader of that, or I am chairman of this or chairman of that… This of course breeds the delusion that they need to convince anyone who will listen of how important it is what they are doing…
2-The second is the view of superiority that these people have over the others, they actually believe that they are “better” than all the others… They believe that they got to that leadership position because they really are better, faster, quicker, and more effective than all the others. And if you are to have any dialogue with any of them then, you need to reinforce that otherwise you really have nothing to talk about… The realty is you will walk away eventually with one understanding: “the Emperor has no clothes”…
3-The third is that they will do anything necessary to keep their positions. They have no compulsion about lying, cheating, or doing anything else necessary to stay in their positions. Their positions are like the oxygen they need to breathe…
4-The fourth is that they have perfected the art of diverting any questions about actual results to the activity that they believe will distract you from understanding anything about any actual results in any area. So if ever questions are asked about what they were accomplishing in this area or that area they will immediately tell you about all the activity being engaged in regarding that particular issue. No matter what you do to try to get to the bottom of what is actually happening that you will continuously and relentlessly be diverted to the activity they are engaging in… If you ask too many questions in any area, they will make it their mission to destroy you…
5-The fifth obsession is really two sides of the same coin: leadership will take any possible credit for anything going right, even with the flimsiest association to the truth. And on the other side they will aggressively point blame away from themselves about any difficulty making it someone else’s fault, even when very clearly it is their fault…

So, understanding English local politics is all about understanding the very personal identities of the people that make up that local politics. Essentially, there are really only three levels of government in the United Kingdom: Borough Councils, County Councils, and the central government. However, the real truth is that “all politics is local”.  So if political decisions don’t seem to make sense to you, then step back and look at the identities of the people making those decisions, the truth will soon come out…