Akhtar’s Democracy in Action?

“I have witnessed Mr Akhtar`s Democracy in Action.

At the Children`s Centre Consultation at Dinnington. Mr Smith took the opportunity to exercise his Democratic right, he stood up to speak and oppose the closure of the Children`s Centre.

He then went on to make it known that Dinnington`s two RMBC Cllrs (Havenhand and Falvey) had voted for the Budget cuts so effectively closing them down.

Immediately Cllr Akhtar jumped to his feet and started to “attack” Mr Smith, he berated him by accusing him of not being right, he said he was scaring the children (which was not true, they were happily playing football at the back of the room) and then went on to accuse him of turning the meeting into “Two meetings” ( meaning consultation and political) He dared to express a democratic opinion, that was not the view of Mr Akhtar and was bullied for it.

When Mr Smith refused to bow to the intimidation, Cllr Larkin Who is Head of Children`s Services decided to chip in and have a go, and then quite stupidly threatened to close the meeting. So much for democracy RMBC style.

They also tried to have a go at me when I pointed out that there were at least 6 Labour Candidates in the room who had voted for the budget (including Akhtar) and in effect theclosure of Centres. I did not back down neither.

The message to Cllr Akhtar is, if you want to come to Dinnington and Anston and try to bully us into submission think again. We are not scared of you, or your bullying tactics.”

Stuart Thornton

32 thoughts on “Akhtar’s Democracy in Action?

  1. Does anyone have a link to the minutes of the council meeting where the budget was decided, or a link to find out which Councillors voted or not?

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  2. The more voters who experience Akhtar in action, the fewer votes labour and Akhtar in particular in Rotherham West will get!
    Akhtar’s bullying and thuggish ways have no place in the democratic process.
    He drives a coach and horses through both codes of conduct and the law upon occasion and regularly brings his party into disrepute. Time for him to go?
    Why don’t the labour party deal with this poisonous, charlatan?

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    • He just Lord Nazir Ahmed clone. Poor one at that!
      Same fate awaits Akhtar, if not by Labour Party hands then we vote him out.
      His reign of tyranny, must be stopped. We want freedoms we entitled to.
      We must get Akhtar off our backs for good. He not steal my vote this year.

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    • Don’t know if the Labour party or the despicable Akhtar can sink any further in my opinion, but he was found guilty of bringing the Council into disrepute and all he got was a slap on the wrist reprimand. He did not have the principle to resign and remained as a Labour councillor whilst doing Community Service for his conviction of affray!

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  3. Almost every time this childish fool, Akhtar, opens his mouth, the most outrageous words come tumbling out!
    The voters of Rotherham West have a solemn duty this year? To vote this odious man out!

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    • Is Akhtar living in a fantasy world? A parallel universe even? Or even in a delusional state?
      Every time he exerts his control, the resentment towards him increases and his grip weakens!
      The moral of this?
      Akhtar is a fraud, a charlatan, who exerts control for it’s own sake. Not an endearing quality, that shines through to everyone.
      Akhtar is no democrat, nor is he a convincing labour man either.
      if he were, he would have advanced the labour cause, not damaged it!
      Single handedly doing irreparable damage to the labour party in Rotherham, if Akhtar were to put party interest, before his own narrow self interest, he would have stood down months ago.
      There’s still time however, for labour to come to it’s senses and remove Akhtar, from this years panel of candidates and run a substitute!
      Perhaps the only way labour has of winning Rotherham West this year!
      No one in politics is irreplaceable, time for Akhtar to leave the stage of his own accord!

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  4. Akhtar behaved just as expected, so nothing new there then.
    If I was a Dinnington or Anston Labour Cllr facing the ballot this May then I would be asking questions of the Labour Group why this individual was let loose at a public meeting.
    In the audience where two of the most vocal critics (and rightly so) of the way Rotherham is run.
    Rotherham Labour must have been off their heads to allow this convicted Cllr to address a public audience, what on earth could have they have been thinking?
    UKIP must be dancing with joy at this spectacular own goal.
    The Labour group must have lost the plot if they think Akhtar is the right person to front a public meeting, he can barely string two words together, and when challenged he reverts to type.
    All may not be lost as I hear that a coup d’état from the minor ranks fed up with his antics is gathering momentum and Akhtars goal of becoming Leader may not be on a plate as easy as he thinks.
    Akhtar the best recruiting Sergeant UKIP will ever get!

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  5. Labour Cllr’s Burton and Dalton (Anston) were at the meeting and neither of them uttered a word in defence of Dave Smith or Stuart Thornton, why would they? They voted to close the Children’s Centres and both of them are afraid of Akhtar and his thuggish manner.
    They are nodding donkeys whose sole purpose is agreeing with whatever policies Akhtar decides needs rubber stamping.
    Many,many years ago Labour councillors and MP’s supported the vulnerable and weaker members in their communities. Today they are mainly concerned with toeing the party line and pretending they care.

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  6. Akhtar and democracy don’t belong together? Whatever Jahangir may be, he’s no democrat!
    Time for labour to pay the full price on May 22nd! Collectively the whole labour group should hang their heads in shame at their lack of principle!

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  7. If the press reports this episode the wider public will be aware of Rotherham Labour party’s definition of ‘democracy’ otherwise-apart from the people who were present and can spread the word-Akhtar’s outpourings and the supine behaviour of Labour councillors will be unknown to the electorate.
    It is about time IMV all public meetings with councillors was recorded either on video and/or DVD.

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    • Colin Tawn: I would certainly endorse your last point, especially if you have to have a meeting with Akhtar. A covert video or sound recording of the meeting is advised as you cannot trust this despicable person. He will lie and make false accusations against you without any compunction at all.

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  8. I wish to extend my appreciation to Leader in waiting Akhtar for his most recent Stella performance; I shall now be voting UKIP.

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  9. Once again the local Labour party is brought into disrepute. No point us all criticising Akhtar yet again, he is symptomatic of Labour’s corruption in Rotherham. What I want is any Labour supporter to come on here and tell me why I should vote Labour. What are the good things that outweigh the bad? At least with the tories I always know where I stand. I’m poor so they ignore then attack me. With Labour, it’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing and here was me thinking that was just the Fabian faction.

    Step forward Labour supporters and speak up for Akhtar. As deputy leader, he is what I think of when someone mentions the Labour council, and that’s not a good thing. Labour people always seem to be superquick on the attack but invisible in defence. Someone must have a good word for him? Anyone? Or have Labour supporters gone into lock down mode?

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    • If only it were the labour party in Rotherham. We have a different version from the National brand. Others have called it ‘scum labour’ and I really can’t disagree. The version of labour locally is entirely self serving, with no interest in serving those who put them there, the labour party and the voter.
      Despairing members are banned from commenting on this blog by Jahangir Akhtar himself, proving his democratic credentials and missing a trick at the same time!

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      • Labour Party members are as welcome to express their opinions on Rotherham Politics as anyone else. That’s the way it’s always been. The only thing that stops them from doing so, is fear of Jahangir Akhtar!

        A political party that pretends to National Government running away from debate? Quite incredible!

        If labour in Rotherham have developed this much of a ‘bunker mentality’ now, just think how bad things are likely to become, if Akhtar succeeds to the Leadership of the Council?

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      • Just out of interest, are you one of those ‘despairing members’? I only ask because of the name you’ve chosen to post under. If you are, tell us your name so we know that not all Rotherham Labourites are the same. Break his imposed omerta, stand up, be counted. It’ll only take one to give the others some courage.

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      • Yes, what we have in Rotherham is a travesty of the Labour party nationally. I have always voted Labour, … that is, until 12 years ago, when I came to live in Rotherham.
        _______________
        Years ago I answered an RMBC questionnaire. One of the questions was:
        Q. Do you believe in re-cycling.
        I answered
        A. I did until I came to live in Rotherham.
        If the question had been “Do you believe in the Labour Party? ”
        My answer would have been exactly the same.

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  10. Anonymous
    The recorded vote can be found on the RMBC web page.
    Go To
    Council and Democracy
    Find meetings, Click on find Meetings
    Browse Meetings
    Scroll down to “Council Meetings”
    Click on 5th March
    Scroll down to item A82

    Every Labour Member present vote as instructed, with only one voice of discontent. That discontent was that the Labour voter objected to having his vote recorded. I think that smacks of “thank you for the £12,000 you give me, but I don’t want those who I represent, to know how I vote”. Shame Shame, Shame

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  11. When I got up to protest at the closure of the childrens centre I had seen Akhtar sat there so I decided to out him as the deputy leader of the council; simply because the majority of people there would not know who he was. He did not like this because I then went on to expose him and the rest of the Labour councillors, including our town councillors, as cowards. I pointed out that there is an alternative they can say no to the government cuts and keep the centres open. Akhtar, who I have never seen at a meeting in Dinnington before, said that if they did that the government would send people in who did not care about the people of Dinnington. How much of a hypocrite can you be, he cares that much in the same way our local Labour councillors do, that he could sit there with young mothers in tears not caring that their cowardly actions were the cause.
    David Smith

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  12. Are all the labour members are scared of Cllr Akhatar as mention in the comments here? I am not sure. I think they all cover each other up as they all are corrupt and useless. My message to people of Rotherham is THINK before you vote and don’t vote these clowns who haved killed our once a fine town

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  13. going on what cllr akhtar said on friday mornings toby foster show , which can still be heard on the internet , this guy is on another planet , his words , the problems in eastwood are not as bad as people say …. the man needs to go and speak with good eastwood people . just where has cllr akhtar been for the last 4 years in a bubble ?

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  14. I hear that Leader Designate is running scared of UKIP.
    At the weekend he struggled to get a handful of supporters to assist with a leaflet drop, the leaflet used by all Rotherham Labour candidates takes a hard knock at UKIP, nothing on the Labour track record in Rotherham, just the usual guff!
    Leader Designate will not rock the boat in Eastwood; private landlords from his own community are making sheds and sheds of money from the new arrivals.
    Stone and his actions have encouraged whole families to flock to Rotherham and settle in Eastwood, a problem caused by Labour run RMBC.
    Lack of capacity within the education system, the NHS at breaking point and no jobs, what on earth are Stone and Leader Designate thinking about allowing this scale of migration into the town?
    On a brighter note, If you use the comments from shoppers at the Aldi on Park street as a barometer of Leader Designates popularity within Rotherham West, then fingers crossed we may be rid of him come May 22nd.
    UKIP do not allow this opportunity to pass you by, hone your message, you have a very receptive electorate.

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    • ,very well said .cllr akhtar spoke nothing about the landlords form his own community in eastwood who have only added to the ongoing problems , and made themself very rich .

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      • Akhtar’s behaviour is thoroughly disreputable! Makes me ashamed, Porsche’s and BMW’s, don’t pay for themselves? Akhtar says ‘we bow down to him’, not any more we don’t! We want him gone, he just bully and tyrant, belongs in the past!

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    • The Planning Inspectorate says Rotherham will need another 17000 houses and have to build on the greenbelt, yet Group 4 the company that has sent these people here and as nominated Rotherham as a dispersal town says it has done so because the town has plenty of available housing! These two bodies should talk to each other, for they can’t both be right!

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  15. Does anyone know if it is correct that Leader in Waiting Akhtar has an anti-UKIP poster on one of his many social media sites with the phrase “the white underclass” on it?
    If correct I would have thought that kind of terminology would be deeply offensive to many traditional working class Labour voters.
    He may well have a negative view of the white underclass and how they would vote, he should try walking in their shoes, try to make ends meet when you are stuck in a zero hours contract job, experience the humiliation of having to go a Food Bank to feed your family.
    Akhtar lives in a very different world from the white underclass, £75k a year from the public purse, expensive suits, fancy cars, plenty to eat and a job for each member of his family.

    Describing large swathes of the electorate as the white underclass is not acceptable.

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  16. No wonder certain private landlords who masquerade as politicians are staying tight lipped over the influx of East Europeans into Eastwood, their very own never ending pot of gold that keeps being filled by the tax payer.
    Order me a new Lexus!

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  17. akhtar is saying nothing about the asian landlords who are creaming it in . just how much do they care about there property’s and tenants ? to what ive seen ,not a lot .

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  18. The gravy train must have passed me by!
    Stand for political office in a former steel and coal town and easily get elected.
    Buy back to back houses in a rundown part of town.
    Encourage the Leader of the Labour controlled council to spend tax payer money to jet off on fact finding missions.
    Recruit translators, print council documents in multiple languages and sit back and wait.
    In come the new arrivals needing homes and you kindly provide emergency housing at exorbitant rates.
    Oh by the way we will be putting the shutters up on the Children’s Centre’s

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