Look mom, we’re number 4 in all of Surrey!!!

Look mom, Camberley now has the 4th most dangerous area of Surrey, right at the Town Centre!!!  We were featured yesterday by “Get Surrey” for this impressive achievement…

The leadership of Surrey Heath certainly has something to be proud of don’t they???  Aaahhh, probably not… A big part of the shocking increase in crime is all the run down and vacant buildings that criminals can use to ply their drugs and violence. The litter everywhere is part of the clue…

This is a direct consequence of the failure of the “strong leader” management of Surrey Heath. No doubt this week we will be treated to the most rich and spectacular denial of any fault on behalf of the Council by the leader and CEO. These are such fun to watch, and are good cannon fodder for upcoming blogs…

That dog does not hunt…

There’s an American euphemism that says a whole lot about UK local government politics: “that dog does not hunt”… It also says a whole lot about the sort of “suck-up sycophants” you have to surround yourself with as a “strong leader” to survive.  When you need a dog to hunt, the worst thing that can happen is to have a dog looking out and enjoying the landscape. Local government in the UK is in trouble, it is proving itself not fit for purpose, and that is because it can’t get the job done, the dog does not hunt…

So, what doesn’t work? Now the results vary from place to place, but primarily:

  1. costs being passed to the taxpayer go up and up and up, and are never coming down. Local government taxes increase every year and have for the last 20 years I have been here in Surrey Heath, they only ever go up
  2. service goes down by measurable amounts every year. No argument can be made that the Town Centre is anything other than an eyesore. The roads are getting worse by the day, as are most of the things that the public has to put up with
  3. both local and County Councils get more out of touch with both the views of the people and the technology that can be applied to get those view by the day. We have loads of “consultations” where we don’t actually consult with anyone. We couldn’t possibly afford to do that as we might find out what they think, and we might find ways to work that are miles better than what we do now
  4. careers of mediocrity and incompetence are endorsed and promoted by Council personnel, and not just permitted but promoted by these “strong leaders”. Why would you make anyone a CEO who has no earned authority and no experience whatsoever in successfully making any public service work?
  5. any possibility of “fresh blood” is culled from the system before it has any chance of life. The only possible way forward for local government to succeed is to have term limits for its elected representatives. Terms are 4/5 years, two terms and you are out. Anything longer breeds nothing but a bland procession of suck-up sycophants who actually need the job

So, what do we need? Pretty simple really, we need results: actual leaders and a system that can actually listen and actually works. Reward systems for actual performance, and elected representatives that actually represent…

Strong Leader/Weak Leader

So, it is time to move on to the real issues that make British politics work the way it does, and what needs to happen to fix it…

Single biggest issue in local government is that it is run using what is called the “strong leader” system.  This is as opposed to the “weak leader” system at our federal government in Parliament. So, you say why it is called “weak leader”? Well, our current prime minister (as do all of them) serves at the pleasure of her party MPs. At any time, if 15% of those MPs give letters of non-support to the Backbench 1922 Committee, then she’s out. Or at least there is a leadership re-election, but no one fights that sort of thing, it would be too humiliating.  Truth is that there are already 15% of the MPs that want her out, so her life expectancy as Prime Minister will be short…

This, however is the most effective form of Parliamentary democracy. Why? Well, simply because the Prime Minister has to truly listen to the views of the other MPs, or she will be out. Arguably, the current Prime Minister didn’t listen real well when she decided to call an an unnecessary election, or else there wouldn’t have been one…  The result? Chaos, confusion, and the advance of the unthinkable: another party running things. In the history of politics, this will go down as the greatest screwup by any major country politician-ever…  But the system??? It protected us from any extension of her folly and foolishness, and it is now time to get on with it…

 

 

Not me mate…

So, our mayor Valerie White has been bitten by Twitter… Turns out she didn’t  intentionally post the story about the Asian Escorts moving into Camberley, especially in her role as Mayor of Surrey Heath. But the story very definitely did come from her account…

The lesson? No matter what your kids tell you about how much they think they know about Social Media, don’t believe them, find out for yourself or you will pay dearly.  Unless,of course, you actually don’t mind this sort of thing, then you get what you get.  Was Valerie misquoted? No. Did she intend to promote Asian Escorts in Camberley? No…  Does she regret that someone could do that to her? Absolutely yes. If you don’t know what you are doing on Social Media, Get some help…

On the bright side it gave me the chance for a very pleasant chat with Valerie today…

Mayor Announces Arrival of the Asian Escort Club for Camberley

So, this morning I spotted this tweet from our Mayor where she has announced the launch of the Asian Escorts service for Camberley, wow what an addition to the town, just what we need… Not…

I know she announces new businesses in Camberley, but I didn’t realise that there were that many places in Camberley which require this. And not only that, I thought she had an escort??? Dude where are you???