Imagine the scene, full Council meeting chaired by the then Mayor Rose McNeely. Peter Thirlwall struggling manfully to make his point, when the then Deputy Mayor and now Mayor, Shaun Wright, held aloft an A4 piece of paper with the word LOSER written upon it so that everyone could see it!
Immediate objection was made to this outrageously childish behaviour by Shaun Wright, from the opposition Conservatives to their eternal credit! Whereupon the Mayor denied seeing it and no one from the Labour side saw it either apparently? funny that!
No small wonder then that when Rotherham Politics first heard of Shaun Wright putting his hat in the ring for the rather well paid job of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner we couldn’t take it entirely seriously, see: Has April 1st come early?
We can only surmise that his supporters condone the oafishly infantile conduct of this putative PCC for South Yorkshire? Perhaps John Healey, Denis MacShane, Roger Stone or Steve Houghton might like to explain themselves, but we won’t be holding our breath!
Staggeringly Shaun Wright is a Magistrate! One can only imagine what would have happened had he acted in this way during a Court Case?
Readers may well be interested in viewing his campaign website and Twitter feed:
Previously on Rotherham Politics:
An anonymous source would like readers to know that Kath Sims, a sitting RMBC Councillor, is his mother in law! That at least explains the support from the currently in disgrace, Labour Whip suspended and now Independent MP Denis MacShane***. Kath Sims is also Denis MacShane’s Secretary!
@rothpolitics the real objection to Cllr Wright as SYPCC must be the poor OFSTED and improvement notice given to children’s services in 2009
Rotherham Politics published this on Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Today, December 9th 2009, it has been revealed that Rotherham’s Children’s Services are judged to be poor by Ofsted. This has happened now only because of the information on the new site Oneplace which went live at 00:01! It is important to remember that this was not news to RMBC. The Rotherham Area Assessment can be seen as a pdf file HERE.
The Council have issued a statement on this assessment which means that along with Doncaster and Haringey, Rotherham is among a group of only nine Councils in the whole country whose Children’s Services are in such a sorry state.
At first glance the RMBC Press release inspired confidence that they are on to it, however after more detailed consideration and dissection of the contents, I am left worrying that this is not an occasion for a ‘leave it with me’ approach favoured by Roger Stone that seems to be being offered here.
This is one of the most serious of failures that could happen to a local authority, after all, is a failing where lives are lost. Rotherham must do at least a reasonable job of protecting the most vulnerable in society, our children.
These children cannot lobby politicians or write to newspapers to complain, they are largely invisible and voiceless. We have a duty to them to give them a voice and to pressure failing services until they deliver for them.
This an issue that must be addressed by all of us, we cannot allow this situation to continue for any longer. Lobby your elected representatives, write to the newspapers, support related charities and most important of all do not forget our duty to these children.”
Who was providing the political direction? Why it was the hapless, hopeless and incompetent Shaun Wright!