I attended the meeting of Dinnington Town council on Monday 14th October.
Having broached the subject of the cutting of staff at Davies Court, the council run care home in Dinnington; at a previous meeting it was decided that the council should ask the cabinet member for Adult Social Care, John Doyle, to come and give a report.
He gave us all the usual jargon on how savings were to be made, and the usual wringing of hands on how the cuts were forced on them by this government.
I asked, if they could get rid of half the staff without affecting the care given had they employed too many staff in the first place.
He told us there had been no forced redundancies, I asked wasn’t forcing part time staff to work full time a way of coercing staff to leave.
He also stated that the union was completely in agreement with all the changes, I of course asked the question if this were true why had they been holding protest meetings.
He became some what agitated when I suggested that instead of attacking legitimate workers they look at cutting down on the amount of councillors.
I had asked my questions in a calm manner and had not made any verbal attack on him personally.
However with the usual arrogance of a typical Labour RMBC councillor, instead of answering my questions he did as they always do he attacked me personally; he told me I was being over dramatic and lying.
When I protested against the personal abuse, the chairman, as if we were at some children’s party, said I was spoiling it for everyone else.
What these people fail to grasp is that these are peoples lives we are discussing not figures on a piece of paper.
It was obvious from what Doyle told us that the most important people are not the citizens of Rotherham but the councillors themselves.