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I, and that finest of hecklers, Mr Lewis attended the Bland Comedy Club of Dinnington last night. The final performance before the summer break, and what a performance the blandness knew no bounds.
Unless of course you can take joy from that seasoned comedian Warbling Wardle whose mantra has become, “nothing to do with us that is R.M.B.C business”. This is used to fend off any unwanted question that might require an answer or decision.
I, in my capacity as comedy reporter, felt the need to ask a question of the assembled comedians:
Do the comedians feel it is right for the Dinnington club to have a comedian who is a member of the Woodsetts club, the Dinnington club and also the biggest comedy club of all Rotherham Borough? Or do they feel as I do that this is an affront to democracy?
This question briefly animated the warbler, he shook his head at me several times whilst trying to find a way to use his well worn mantra. Having failed in his efforts he then blurted out that afore mentioned comedian was a Borough comedian for all of our area. This brought to mind that well known saying, no shit sherlock.
My rejoinder that this was not the question I had in fact asked brought more shaking of the head. When I pointed out that if a person has a foot in two camps when it comes to decision making then that person would have a dichotomy. This brought a short interlude whilst they tied to find the meaning of the word, having failed the chair decided to throw into the fray the said comedian; this being I have a turnip named after me Tweed (prepare for the slings and arrows of Toxophilus). He began by listing the things he is involved in, in Dinnington which thus, according to him, proves his loyalty to Dinnington.
The question what about your loyalty to Woodsetts? fell on deaf ears. The chair said it was the system that allowed this to happen. When I pointed out that they chose the candidates and so were culpable, she said it was obvious they were never going to be able answer my question to my satisfaction. Mr Lewis, that finest of hecklers, stepped in and shouted “you could at least try”.
Ah well on to the real important and interesting stuff, dog faeces, no you have not misread I said dog faeces. There followed a heated debate on this sticky subject, it even allowed the warbler to trot out his mantra; this is nothing to do with us it is R.M.B.C. It is if tha stands in it heckled Mr lewis, and I am sure you will all know that the outcome was, make no decision.
I was somewhat surprised when one of the comedians, whilst sat beside two Borough comedians, one of witch was an ugly sister; asked if some one from the borough could come and explain the Local Development Framework. Doesn’t really show much faith in ones fellow comedians does it?
Once again the Bernard Manning of the bland comedy club, Mr Tweed, stepped up to the microphone. We and our fellow borough comedians from the Anston comedy club along with Kevin Barron M.P. are going to have a meeting with a couple of the top R.M.B.C comedians to put our case. This brought forth a flush to the cheeks of the warbler, he did not want us mixing with the Anston comedians. He felt that they may taint our comedians because they supported de brethren building on our green belt land. He was so agitated by this thought that he proposed that Dinnington should re-iterate its opposition to the plan, this was seconded but of course no vote was taken because this would have meant a decision being made.
Just before Mr Lewis and myself left, there was a thunder clap and a bright light appeared, a momentous happening had taken place, a decision had been made; yes I said a DECISION.
The Dinnington comedians would send a letter of protest to the borough comedians about them taking 30 minutes off the time our library is open. It was pointed out that ours is the second highest used library in the borough, and our comedians were some what put out that an under used library at Aston should be given longer opening hours, it is amazing what we Smiths can achieve, although I hasten to add, no relation.
Political parties throughout the country are beginning the process of choosing their candidates for next years round of local council elections.
This list below details the Rotherham councillors that successfully fought these seats the last time they were contested in 2007.
If this list ends up looking anything like next years field of candidates then both Labour and the Tories are definitely having a laugh at our expense! It must surely be time for some of of them to go if their respective political parties want us to take them at all seriously in the future.
Hens ‘earn their corn’ by laying eggs, when they stop laying, it is surely time for them to go!
So too it should be on the council, when they have out lived their usefulness, it is time for them to stand aside, not to continue on until carried out in a box!
Even the Labour Party insists that being a councillor is not a job for life, but it is a pity that the Labour Party’s writ does not run as far as Rotherham, never has!
Which is why we are landed with such poor candidates year after year because no one wants to give up their allowances that give them a good life. We must not forget the ‘State Funeral’ that is their due entitlement if they die in office. We must also not forget, that when there are ‘bodies buried’, it pays to be around lest anything gets out.
When a labour councillor dies, the relatives of the recently deceased are treated to an immediate search and removal of anything that appertains to the work on the council of their loved one, quite outrageous when you have seen it up close from the relatives perspective!
Anston and Woodsetts Ward
Iain St John – Labour -1394 (321)
Boston Castle Ward
Peter Wootton – Labour – 1282 (451)
Brinsworth and Catcliffe Ward
Reg Littleboy – Labour – 1515 (366)
Jane Havenhand – Labour – 1216 (427)
Brian Cutts – Conservative – 1516 (697)
Jane Austen – Labour – 1801 (713)
Jane Hamilton – Labour – 1531 (612)
Barry Kaye – Labour – 1190 (238)
Ben Slade – Independent – 913 (90)
Neil Hamilton – Labour – 1495 (673)
Rother Vale Ward
John Swift – Labour – 1461 (917)
Rotherham East Ward
Barry Dodson – Labour – 1312 (826)
Rotherham West Ward
John Foden – Labour – 1305 (369)
Roger Stone – Labour – 1088 (217)
John Gilding – Conservative – 1901 (967)
John Doyle – Labour – 1436 (729)
Paul Lakin – Labour – 1271 (668)
Gavin Sharp – Conservative – 1045 (322)
Alex Sangster – Labour – 1641 (717)
Peter Thirlwall – Labour (Sits as Independent) – 1329 (233)
Terry Sharman – Labour – 1411 (545)
For a quick look at photos of the Rotherham councillors all on the same page, not recommended for the nervous or easily shocked, you have been warned click here to view.
At first glance, there are an awful lot of very old pictures here, time surely for an update?
Councillor Roger Stone Chairman Leader of Council
Councillor Jahangir Akhtar Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods
Councillor John Doyle Member for Health and Social Care
Councillor Mahroof Hussain Member for Community Development and Engagement
Councillor Paul Lakin Member for Children and Young People’s Services
Councillor Richard S. Russell Member for Streetpride
Councillor Iain St. John Member for Cultural Services and Sport
Councillor Terry Sharman Vice-Chairman and responsible for Human Resources, Equalities, Training & Development
Councillor Gerald Smith Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation
Councillor Glyn Whelbourn Member for
Councillor Ken Wyatt Member for Resources
At first glance this Cabinet is pretty poor, lacking in talent, vision and ability. Nothing new about that then!
Second glance identifies the glaring omission. No Women at all! How can this be?
Thanks to Labour’s quest for gender equality, there are women Labour councillors but Roger Stone did not feel that any of them were up to it! Is he Right?
Jane Austen, Josephine Burton, Sue Ellis, Jaquie Falvey, Jane Hamilton, Jane Havenhand, Hilda Jack, Lindsay Johnston, Rose McNeely, Amy Rushforth (Kevin Barron’s daughter), Gwendoline Ann Russell, Pat Russell (Wife of R S Russell), Sheila Walker and Jennifer Whysall, have all been rejected by the Council Leader as not talented enough to serve in his Cabinet.
This means that not one of the fifteen female councillors is judged as able enough, by comparison with their male colleagues, to serve as Cabinet Members. Even a cursory glance at some in the Cabinet makes this appear patently ridiculous! There are at least four or five males that serve in the current Cabinet whose abilities are clearly inferior to one or more of the female back bench councillors and indeed, most if not all of their backbench Male colleagues!
Roger Stone is really taking the electorate for fools with this Cabinet. They are pretty well devoid of talent, arrogant, self opinionated and unwilling to listen to anyone but themselves and fully imbued with Rotherham’s culture of secrecy and Stalinist approach to control of decision making. Rotherham is also being run by a gerontocracy it seems!
We don’t have real democracy in Rotherham and this proves it!
This is just the latest example of Rotherham Labour treating those they are supposed to serve with complete and utter contempt. No wonder the people of Rotherham are disillusioned and more sceptical and cynical than I have ever known in the last thirty years.
Time for a change! I think.