About Rotherham Politics

Rotherham Politics was started to open up political scrutiny, using the many tools* that are now available to us on the web. Politics is moving on-line and we will be there to report on developments.

Recent changes have opened up to citizens an enormous amount of new and detailed information, that may be used to scrutinise those elected to conduct the ‘peoples business’, from National Government down to parish councils!

The sole purpose of this web site, is to scrutinise local elected representatives transacting the ‘peoples business’.

This is largely a web only operation. Rotherham Politics gathers together the work of many individuals, in a way that make us more than the sum of all of our parts.

This site is distinctly non-aligned politically. We believe that all legal political opinion is valid and has a right to be heard!

All opinions expressed whether as a post or comment, should be subject to critical review and debate. Once published, opinions become ‘public property’ and fully open to debate.

Rotherham Politics, allows comments and posts from Anonymous contributors. The identities of the majority, are know to me. Those whose identities are not known to me are closely moderated. They are also encouraged to register with Rothpol to improve the chances of future publication. No swearing, no trolls, are the only rules. Rothpol prefers to publish reasoned argument and debate, rather the mere derogatory comment, with no justification for their opinion.

The approach is to be objective, if necessary, critical but fair. We will at times be blunt and controversial to stimulate discussion.

Rotherham Politics is not responsible for the views of contributors, nor for the content that this site links to. Simple abuse is not acceptable and will be removed.

Should you feel we have failed in this please contact us and we will consider your views. we reserve the right to publish all correspondence when a correction/or completion is required.

We welcome input from all readers, please send an email or leave a comment on any post that takes your fancy.

If you are interested in contributing directly as an author on this site please contact us.

Ways to get in touch:

Phone: 01709580150
Mobile: 07878540288

rothpol@rikv.net

If ‘snail mail’ is your preference, a postal address can be supplied for you to send us stuff.

Previous host for Rotherham Politics http://www.rotherhampolitics.blogspot.com

*I refer here to the numerous collaboration tools, that enable groups of like minded people to operate both in private and across geographically distant areas, as we have in Rotherham.

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18 Responses to About Rotherham Politics

  1. C Martin says:

    What really needs to be exposed are the ‘extra’ allowances (spending money) which councillors receive simply for being councillors. They are nominated by their peers to other groups, such as Police, Fire, Transport authorities and receive allowances for these as well. These allowances are published on the individual authorities websites, but they do not appear on the Rotherham Council website, so we council tax payers are being duped into thinking that our councillors actually do a lot more than they are paid for. There needs to be full transparency and councillors should be made to declare everything they receive by virtue of being a councillor, from whatever source.

  2. Lexia257 says:

    Good to have this site. I look forward to discussion here and hope to contribute.
    Thanks

  3. Raymond Dance says:

    Well done – we need sites like this. I hope you’ll stick with it and not lose interest too soon.

    • rothpol says:

      Thanks for your comment, it helps when readers comment on posts and serves to encourage. I have been blogging on and off for quite some time, readership continues to grow well beyond my expectations. I don’t intend to pack it in any time soon you can be reassured or dismayed, depending on your point of view.

  4. Derek Stocks says:

    Thanks for this site – everyone in Rotherham should know about it.
    How a page a full page spread int’ ‘Tiser?

    • rothpol says:

      Thanks for the compliment. Please distribute website address to all of your friends and web traffic will increase and to encourage them to do likewise. Word of mouth in the internet age is the best way I have found. The Advertiser has yet to even publish the address of this site in the print paper so there will be little chance of a spread.

    • … shall put this to the ‘Tiser reader’s panel at the next meeting.

  5. Lallocks says:

    A welcome addition to the local political scene, and one that’s sure to encourage openness and transparency – or am I fooling myself? Maybe we can start by pressing the council to broadcast their meetings on the Internet.

    • Good idea, Lallocks !
      Have you put it to them in writing ? Be interesting to know the response.

    • rothpol says:

      That’s exactly what this blog is all about! We need openness and honesty from all those who purport to serve us! The exact opposite to what we see currently in fact. Parish councils run as private fiefdoms and the whole Town run in the same way. We own the democratic process not the Labour Party and it is time for us all to stand up and be counted! Let’s get busy.

      • Chris Harpin says:

        In the interest of openess and honesty would it be better for users to use their actual name rather than their ‘handle’ – sorry if CB jargon is a sign of age 🙂

  6. rothpol says:

    Bloggers and commenters, as part of what is called blogger etiquette often use pseudonyms. Not to hide behind, as their true identity is known and not a secret but to manage their internet footprint. Especially important as employers regularly check the internet!

  7. Bob Yaylor says:

    V.O.I.C.E. Is an anogram of Victims Of Institutionlised Corrupt Establishment
    We have been asked 1000’s of times: “Is Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Crime Commissioner, Mary Creagh MP or West Yorkshire Police sueing you” ?
    Answer . . . No . . . . Hope thats explains the validity of our web pages.
    http://www.wakefieldvoice.com

  8. derek stocks says:

    Still going strong. Well done! Get your letters to the advertiser and send the link to the site. RMBC: Never shocked, always disappointed

  9. Anonymous says:

    Interesting (and possibly worrying after the Jay report) that Meredydd John Hughes is a director of the company Weekend @ Last Limited.

    WEEKEND@LAST Ltd is a trading company, formed with the sole purpose of handling fundraising events on behalf of SAFE@LAST children’s charity. 100% of profits from WEEKEND@LAST Ltd are donated to its single shareholder SAFE@LAST to continue its vital work with children and young people at risk through running away.

    See the response to the Jay report by Tracy Haycox SAFE@LAST Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Interesting (and possibly worrying after the Jay report) that Meredydd John Hughes is a director of the company Weekend @ Last Limited.

    WEEKEND@LAST Ltd is a trading company, formed with the sole purpose of handling fundraising events on behalf of SAFE@LAST children’s charity. 100% of profits from WEEKEND@LAST Ltd are donated to its single shareholder SAFE@LAST to continue its vital work with children and young people at risk through running away.

    See the response to the Jay report by Tracy Haycox SAFE@LAST Director of Children and Young People’s Services at http://www.safeatlast.org.uk/csereport.htm

  11. Hello ,I am a regular follower of Rotherham politics but left to live in another country for job -related opportunities —-I,however visit the town of my youth. I would like to obtain an answer to a question that interests me from an historical and sociological point of view.What caused the population of Pakistanis to rise to the existing levels in Rotherham ? I am interested in the factors that caused these changes from the Rtherham ,I knew ,in the 50,60,70.
    Before anyone makes SJW ,racist accusations which I have no interest in ,my interest is genuine and purely academic.
    Thankyou.

  12. bill says:

    It would be quite interesting to have a discussion regarding Councillor John Turner’s remarks at the recent planning board meeting. He forced the chairman to turn off his microphone due to inappropriate racial remarks made against the extension of a Rotherham place of worship. The full story is on the frontbpage of the Advertiser. Some coverage would be appreciated, as I do not have the technology at home to scan the article and send it to you. Thanks.

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