I was asked why Dave Patrick’s comment in the Wisbech Standard annoyed me so much, when I’ve had significantly worse things said about me and just laughed them off.
To understand that you’d have to know me. I don’t mind a bit of banter, even if it’s got that snide and unpleasant flavour to it that some people use when they want “banter” to annoy rather than amuse.
I don’t mind if somebody says I’m a “bit of a dick.” I probably am, sometimes. I don’t mind if somebody calls me “fat.” I COULD stand to lose a few pounds. I don’t mind if somebody says my idea is a stupid idea – though it’s up to them to prove it with evidence and debate in a fair way, while I should be given the proper right of counter-argument and response.
There are two things which really DO get my goat though. When people attack my family and friends, on the first hand. But more pertinent to Dave Patrick’s comments, when people attack my professionalism and reputation.
Last year, in the run-up to an election, I was unable to make a meeting because I had to look after my Son. I gave the proper apologies in the proper way, the evening before. Dave Patrick went straight to the Wisbech Standard and told them that i’d done it “so that I could take part in a political campaign” and suggested that I had not given proper apologies. As usual, the newspaper ran the story the minute he told it to them, in the usual direct way they have with stories put about but his group. On the doorstep, this issue was raised with me a number of times, so clearly people had read it and believed it. I lost the election by eleven votes.
This year, again in the run-up to an election, Dave Patrick says that the reason I did not hold a consultation on the Christmas Lights Upgrade is because I “didn’t get around to it” again suggesting laziness or incompetence or disinterest. This is part of a line that their group is putting around and is just another complete load of old guff. The consultations was ALWAYS going to be *after* the plans were prepared and once the quote was in. Because HOW can you have a consultation if you don’t know what you are consulting on? I am firmly of the belief that they know all this, but that they simply don’t want to lights to happen for political reasons.
Now I have a great many failings and I would never deny it. But I am NOT lazy and I am NOT incompetent. When I say I will do something, then I keep trying to do it until its done, or I am defeated. I am sure that most people know this – because I can be a pain in the arse when I’m trying to get something done. I do more work on behalf of this town and community in a month than some people have done in their entire political career. Unless you count trying to promote their business interests as “work for the community” anyway.