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‘Voice of the Resistance’ Blog
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Wow! Check this guy out. There is hope for this country yet. Peter Davies, Doncaster’s new elected Mayor has made the following changes. Gordon Brown, David Cameron and the rest of them will be crapping their pants!
Within a week of his election, Mr Davies had slashed his own salary from £73,000 to £30,000, scrapped the mayoral limousine and abolished the council’s free newspaper.He has written to the Electoral Commission asking them to scrap two-thirds of Doncaster’s 63 council seats in order to save the town £800,000 a year.
Deeply sceptical of ‘green claptrap’, he must be the only mayor in Britain who wants more traffic in his town. He says it will boost business and has just announced plans for more parking spaces and an end to bus-only routes. ‘Like it or not, we live in the age of the car,’ he says.
He wants to cut all ‘non-jobs’ in his 13,500 workforce – such as platinum-pensioned ‘community cohesion officers’ – and aims to shrivel future pay deals for council executives.
Much as he likes his chief executive, Paul Hart, he says his £175,000 salary is ‘a joke’ and that any successor can expect half.
And he is in the process of ‘de-twinning’ Doncaster from its five twin towns around the world. Twinning, he says, is all about free holidays for councillors and their staff. On taking office, he was amazed to discover that the council had agreed to pay a £2,800 hotel bill during next month’s St Leger race meeting at the local racecourse.
The money is for entertaining councillors from Herten, Doncaster’s (soon-to-be-ex) twin town in Germany. It was too late to cancel the reservations, but Mr Davies will ensure the exercise is not repeated.
While these preliminary cuts may be local government heresy, what has really marked out Mr Davies for liberal opprobrium is his gratuitously provocative assault on what he calls ‘the culture of political correctness’.
He has scrapped all future funding for Doncaster’s annual Gay Pride event. ‘I’m not a homophobe, but I don’t see why council taxpayers should pay to celebrate anyone’s sexuality,’ he says.
He has scrapped funding for council translation services on the grounds that people should be encouraged to learn English. And he has scrapped the word ‘diversity’ from his list of cabinet portfolios.
‘Going on about diversity causes racial tension, it doesn’t improve it,’ he says. ‘The Government has just admitted that gipsies should be given special treatment and that only makes people angry. I want every citizen of Doncaster to be equal.’
Mr Davies is certainly setting himself up for demonisation – by Labour, Tory and Liberal alike. And the twice-married father-of-three hasn’t even hit the 100-day mark. His critics are quiet for now, but I dare say Labour HQ has recruited a team of smear merchants to trawl through his past and his bins. He certainly speaks his mind, which is always a godsend for enemy spin doctors.
Here’s Davies on climate change: ‘I’m not green and I’m not conned by global warming.’