I have never felt so disgusted as I did last night at the count for the Rotherham council elections, this is not sour grapes because I did not win; because I never expected to. The reason I felt that way, and indeed still do, is the contempt with which Labour councillors, Labour members of parliament and their supporters treated other candidates who dared to stand against them. We were looked on as if we had no right to take part in the democratic process, we were made to feel we had no right to be there. The atmosphere was one of total arrogance, we own Rotherham and no one has the right to challenge that. What the people of Rotherham need to understand is that the contempt they showed towards me and other non Labour candidates is the same contempt they show towards them.
In the cold light of day people who have voted Labour, based on the premise that you have always done this, should now analyse what you have done. You have voted for more workers to be sacked, leaving them to the misery of unemployment, more workers salaries to be cut, more services to be cut and even bigger rent rises for next year.
Remember this the government cuts have hardly started, so what next from this set of part time Labour councillors. You should also remember that all this is happening whilst these part timers are lining their pockets with thousands of pounds of our money, whilst carrying out very little work.
How many of you in our area of Dinnington with children at university can afford to send £150.00 a fortnight to them, Simon Tweed can. So could you if you had £13,518 on top of your wages. This my friends, who always vote Labour, this is what you have done. The Labour controlled council of Rotherham has not done one thing to protect the people from the hardships that this government is putting on them; in fact they have compounded it. A pensioner living in a two bedroom flat has to pay extra because no one is living in the extra bedroom, this on top of the massive hike in their council rent. When are you “I have always voted Labour” going to wake up to the fact that it is not acceptable for councillors to be taking out of the money, meant for the people of our area, thousands of pounds that single parents, the unemployed, the disabled and pensioners can only dream of.
What we need is the people of our area to get out and vote in order to counter the “I have always voted Labour” brigade. Out of a possible 9,500 voters in the Dinnington area only 2,662 voted, a derisory 28% of the electorate. This has given Labour the bragging rights that they polled 52% of the vote, but this is 52% of less than a third of the electorate. The real figure is actually 14.57% of the total electorate a vastly different figure.
For those who voted UKIP and Conservative what on earth do they think they are going to do for our area, they could not even be bothered to contact the people in any way; they couldn’t even be bothered to attend the count. For those who told lies and obfuscations about me, well done you have helped keep Dinnington at the status quo, no where, with no one to fight for it.
The bright light of this election is that Labour voters at Anston rejected the Labour/Tory candidate and returned an independent. My hearty congratulations to Clive Jepson, I know he will do a good job for his area.
I will just add one caveat for Labour, I am still here, still alive and remember I have two years to prepare. See you in May 2014 councillor Falvey. Two years is a long time in politics.