The blame game, a tale of 2 Councils…

So what can we tell about the House of Fraser closure announcements?

Well, let’s look at how Epsom is handling it:

So, they are going to fight to keep the store open, they are going to do whatever it takes to keep the store open and save the jobs of their employees and residents.. And the response from Surrey Heath?

Blame the store and House of Fraser for not spending more money on upgrading it, as if that would have made any difference. The House of Fraser Managment has accurately assessed the willingness of the Council to assist them in their problem… The bizarre thing is that the “joint statement” makers, Whelan and Gibson are clueless as to why blaming the House of Fraser might not work. Further, they are applying this logic to the whole of the development in Camberley.

Epsom: fight to make it work. SurreyHeath: blame the management. What is wrong with this picture???

Public statement from the Others Group at Surrey Heath Borough Council – House of Fraser in Camberley

We have noted with sadness that House of Fraser announced yesterday their intention to close their Camberley store.  This will clearly impact on many hard working local employees and residents that will now lose their jobs should these proposals be agreed. For our part, we will be happy to meet with any impacted constituent and help refer them to suitable employment and benefit advice services should they need this.

It is no secret that we as opposition Cllrs representing different political opinions have been concerned for some time about the reliance of traditional retail in Camberley Town Centre development plans.  It is particularly alarming that House of Fraser have chosen to propose closing the Camberley store whilst keeping many other stores open in other towns and cities across the UK including at Guildford and Reading.  This suggests a lack of confidence by House of Fraser in the redevelopment of Camberley despite the Council having repeated talks with them about future plans. As a result, it raises serious questions about the future town centre plans of Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Whilst we all want to see a positive vision and future for Camberley, it is important that we and all elected Cllrs understand the impact of this closure to our residents and local taxpayers. We remain committed to ensuring that our local residents receive answers and assurances as to the future of Camberley.”

House of Fraser is dead
The puff of smoke above the House of Fraser in Camberley, the end is here

Deputy Dan Does the Taxpayers…

Just when the Torys are getting ready to tell us how they are going  to blister us with record Council tax increases for next year, we find out that  high-flying Deputy Mayor Dan Adams shagged us all.  So he finally paid his Council taxes after being forced to court over it.  But while he was defaulting on his taxes, he was voting to increase them on the rest of us. And the real problem? He got caught…  Not that he thinks he did anything wrong, just that he got caught…

And how is it that he has not resigned from his Deputy Mayor position? Is the strong leader protecting him? Of course… Deputy Dan, do the right thing, resign…

Zone of Immunity

cohesionFantastic article in the comment section of the Times (London) on Friday by Philip Collins. The article was about how the Tory Party has become infected with “Corbynism”, that infectious need to abandon all reason in favour of mob rule…

The most interesting thing in the article apart from Jacob Rees-Moog’s use of the longest word ever tweeted, was the concept of the “Zone of Immunity”, that zone around political leaders which they must establish and for which they are immune to any consequences of any actions. We see this particularly in “strong leader” forms of government where the strength of the leader as a leader is inversely proportional to the strength of the zone of immunity.  Take Trump for instance, the zone of immunity around him is incredibly large and strong. He can say and do anything without any thought of recrimination or objection. And his strength as a leader? The lowest ever seen by an American president.

So, take our Council leaders, they live in strong leader forms of government. What is the strength of their zone of immunity? Even a cursory view will show that it is sky high. And why? It has to be, because they are so weak as leaders. They can tolerate no dissent, no questions, and no blame for anything that is wrong. To do that you have to have a really strong “Zone of Immunity” around you that keeps up the ruse. How big is the Zone of Immunity around the leaders that you live under? You have to ask yourself the question…