Darren – Rotherham’s own B’Stard?


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Came across this image of a portrait of Darren Shaw/Hughes, whilst browsing the web.     Couldn’t help but be reminded of Rik Mayall’s famous character, Alan B’Stard, with whom Darren seems to share most of the same personality traits, … Continue reading

Green light for Catcliffe homes plan after appeal


CAMPAIGNING residents were gutted after housing plans they defeated last year were passed on appeal. Network Space’s proposal for 64 homes off Blue Mans Way in Catcliffe brought an angry response and more than 70 objection letters. The plan was … Continue reading

Del Boy Sez £1.9M Ain’t Much Dosh

Dear Rotherham Politics readers,

Well, well, well, remember that old saying: “turns up just like a bad penny?” …

Well that very same phrase went fleetingly through my mind when I read this –


I guess when you’re the Champayne Commissar to the Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns, twitter-twatter-fluttering about riding around in a Porsche, dining here, dining there, on this-that-or-t’other yacht at somesuch marina that £1.9 Million quid ain’t much at all …

However, if like me you’re a citizen of modest means, who’s experiencing the harsh chill rigours of a double whammy ConDom Government slash-n-burn reduction in services, compounded by spendthrift elderly male-dominated junketing-mad paid-higher-than-SCC RMBC Corn Fed Grunters, Muppets and Clowns, then £1.9 Million quid is a serious load of ackers.

And who made this patronisingly dismissive foot-stamping statement, why none other than our Tory toff dell-boy turned Rovrum Laybah comrade than Catcliffe Parish Council chairman Cllr Darren Hughes.

Small wonder then that good old canny old Rt Hon Clive Betts, MP, gave our new-found sewshalleest champayne commissar da middle digit. Nice one, Clive.



Joined Up Rotherham?

Labour dominated Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council covers an enormous area of South Yorkshire.

It has long been suspected that, through manipulation of qualifying rules and by means of links between Labour representatives, Rotherham is pretty well ‘joined up’!

In this post, the first of many we hope, we explore some of these, firstly in the area of Anston Parish:

Judith Dalton, lives in Dinnington – Borough Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward is a parish councillor for Anston and deputy chair of Anston parish council.
Dominic Beck, lives in South Anston – Borough Councillor for Wales Ward and is a parish councillor for Anston.
Iain St John, lives in Dinnington – is a parish councillor for Anston and was a long time Borough Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward.

Darren Hughes, lives in Catcliffe –  Borough Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward, and is Chairman of Catcliffe parish council.

The information for this post was supplied by Dave Smith, to whom Rothpol is grateful. If you have any such fine examples of others of a similar kind? Rothpol would love to hear from you.

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950)

Vanity, pure vanity at Anston parish council

The Anston parish council chairman wants a chain of office!

Anston parish chairmen have managed perfectly well for over 100 years without one, so why propose to buy one now for the chairman, John Ireland, when public funds are to experience a squeeze not seen in living memory?

The cost of this frippery? Around £2,000 when the full cost is established!

The parish council was reluctant to approve such a large sum using public money. A proposal then came from a guest from Catcliffe parish, Darren Hughes, that he would pay for it thereby removing the cost from the public purse.

Darren Hughes remember, is a Borough Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward and lives in Catcliffe where he is Catcliffe parish council Chairman so it seems strange that he should be present and treated by the chairman of Anston parish council almost as though he was part of the parish council! Very strange indeed! He has in fact no entitlement to be there, save as a guest!

The parish after further discussion decided that they didn’t want a chain for their chairman and so it was , ‘thanks! but no thanks!’ to Darren for his offer. Darren was disappointed that on this occasion, ‘money can’t buy you love’. The fact that Darren tried to use his money to curry favour speaks volumes!