Broken Borough Councils-Part 1

As my elected career ended in May, and I have returned fully to the private sector, I thought it might be worthwhile to put a few thoughts down about what is seriously broken and doesn’t work in local government, and what you the voter can do about it… Surrey Heath is not materially different from all the other 400+ Councils in the country… Their illnesses are the same, and their completely dysfunctional approaches are now accepted by the public as the “new normal” in how local politics should run. The current perversion of local politics is really only come to pass in the last 20 years.

The Council bureaucrats are banking on the fact that you the voter are two things: too lazy to do anything about what they are doing, and too stupid to understand it. The foundation of their actions is that you will not take the time to find out what they are actually doing wrong, and then if you do, that you will not exercise your rights to do anything about it. In short they are assuming, and usually quite rightly that you are too “English” to dirty your hands with the truth…

First thing wrong: the structure of the representational process.

Councilors at both borough and county level and MPs are present to represent the actions of the Councils and Government to you the people, not the other way around. They don’t represent you, they represent the government to you.

What can and must you do?

1-set term limits to a maximum of 2 terms, take the career prospects off the table and get real representation. That way Councillors are not driven by their own self-interest, as they are today

2-change the political party group process to enable change. Once a totally useless leader gets in it takes a vote of 75% to get them out of that position. You the voter could get this changed, but most will neither read the Council’s constitution to see how to do it or take the actions to do it. It is how Surrey Heath got saddled with the most useless leader in history, Moira Gibson.

There will be another four or five sets of things you can so on this, so keep posted as we go through the other things that are broken and that you the voter can fix…

It’s Official, The Torys are Shagged…

So, here’s the results from the European Elections posted last night. Whilst we thought Farage and friends would do pretty well, not a total decimation of the Conservative Party…

Who would have imagined even a year ago that the Conservative Leafy suburbs of Surrey would totally turn their backs on decades of Conservative rule? And they didn’t just lose, they were thrashed. Farage and Co. got 3 times as many votes, and the Lib Dems got twice as many as them. And this is the district of Michael Gove? He who would be Prime Minister? Time for the door…

Vindication By The Truth…

So, the results are in and the truth is now told, here as well as everywhere cross the UK, the Conservatives have taken a thrashing, apparently bigger than at any time since World War II.

This was a well-earned thrashing, and here as in many places, not just the conservatives, but labour were also thrashed, but they only got a spanking compared to the conservatives who were obliterated by the Liberal Democrats and a handful of independents. In the end they maintained a 1 seat majority on the Council, which is actually worse than losing. Worse because a mayor needs to come out of that lot, and then there will be an even split.

The Conservatives have ruled unilaterally and harshly for over 25 years here. So much so, that whilst I am a capital “C” Conservative, I resigned from the party 2 years ago. Reasons?
1-in 2017, their calendars would not work or open to any date past 2007. They had no capacity to grasp the fact that life and technology had moved on, they were sure the internet and ecommerce would “never be anything”
2-many of the leadership were shockingly crooked, and had no regard for the voters. They were only there to enrich themselves and the voter expense
3-they tolerated, accepted, and endorsed shockingly incompetent behaviour from the CEO and the Chief Legal officer, the CEO is under investigation criminally as we speak for the “Leisure Leagues” debacle
4-they preferred borrowing and wasting shocking amounts of money (£160M) which will enslave the electorate to the tune of £2,000 for every man, woman, and child in Surrey Heath
5-they “eat their young”… The Tory party has brought contempt and disregard for human decency to a new low level, lower than I thought imaginable. If you do not toe the party line on all matters, even criminal, you are to be destroyed…

So, my stand, and walking away, has been vindicated…

Bizarrely, on that last point, it is probably the single biggest thing locally that contributed to the big wins on Thursday. The outgoing mayor, Dan Adams, is a council tax-cheat and was convicted of fraud who has done time in prison for it; and his sidekick, Paul Deach is just an uneducated thug from the wrong side of Manchester. They engaged in so much shocking behaviour that it caused a lot of the popluation to get up in arms about it. They are of course blaming it all on Brexit, but the only person to blame is the person they see in the mirror in the bathroom… So, bless you Paul and Dan…

Could Councillor Deach Stoop Any Lower?

So, the local Facebook Camberley Chat is dominated by nothing other that the picture Councillor Paul Deach posted of one of our most popular residents Stefan Kenson… This is what Councillor Deach thinks of the residents, shocking.

Stefan had the unmitigated gall to find unacceptable the Councillors actions at stiffing the Council for an Mayor Dan Adams Banquet extravaganza and night out at Pennyhill Park, to the tune of £100/plate, and all the rest… As always, their only actual problem is that they got caught…  The public needs to demand that every penny is repaid to the taxpayers.

At a time when Council Tax is rocketing up, how could anyone, much less  a Borough and County Councillor both bully Stefan and post this sort of graphic? Of course, this is bringing the Council into shocking disrepute, but will they find it that way? Of course not, it will be brushed aside…

Here’s the picture of him nominating the  current mayor Dan Adams. At the time we knew he was a serial tax-dodger, who, as deputy mayor had to be sued by the Council to pay his tax,  Later we found out that he also is a convicted fraudster who served time in prison for it. Only when backed against the wall did he admit it… What a great representative of Surrey Heath, especially for the businesses? No wonder the Surrey Heath Business Expo was cancelled this month due to lack of interest… Clearly these guys deserve a raise…

How can the Tory Party accommodate such tasteless bullying by Councillor Deach? Campbell Mitchell, how can you accept this?  John May, how can you approve of this?  Michael Gove, aren’t you proud of your Tory Councillors?  This is too outrageous for words…

You couldn’t make this stuff up…

Congratulations to the Council Leader Karen Whelan and Leader Moira Gibson for bringing our Council into total disrepute and making us the laughing stock of the UK

So, today we have managed to be the centrepiece of the Times Business Section. Yes that small investigatory set of journalists that take a weekly look at the most outrageous and stupid behaviour on our charming little island… And yes, we win that prize, take a look for yourselves:

Could you actually make any of this up???

An understatement? Really quite shocking…

The professionals saw Whelan and Gibson a mile off… And that wasn’t a compliment…

And what do you think they saw from a mile off??? Is this the pot calling the Yank kettle black???