Diary – 24th January 2015
This week has just flown by.
Monday I was at Overview and Scrutiny, where I was the only committee member to vote for a Council Tax freeze at Fenland District Council. I noticed both Mr. and Mrs. Bucknor voted quickly enough with their Independent allies to whack the sum up by 1.9%. Yikes. How come it is me left making the case for easing the burdens on hard-working tax-payers, while the Members for Waterlees happily vote for a hike that will surely be felt as hard in Waterlees as anywhere? Disappointing but no need for panic – this stuff doesn’t get decided until Full Council and I’m confident that there’s a strong case for delivering a freeze so fingers crossed other Councillors agree.
Tuesday I was off to Hertfordshire to work in one of the businesses that Taxi Dave keeps telling me have “failed.” Luckily enough, the staff remain quite busy and customers well-looked after. But it’s hardly the first time the Cabinet Member for Taxis has gotten his facts completely wrong and I doubt it will be the last. Clearly, my scrutiny of his activities is unwelcome so he’s turned to the personal attacks. No doubt he’ll be telling the local paper how he is a “victim” shortly, while dishing out his bile. I’m sure he thinks all this Machiavellian spin is some kind of Master Plan but I really don’t think anybody is fooled by it. Like some kind of twisted Wizard Of Oz he continues to work his levers and trigger his smoke and mirrors without realising that the screen is down and his actions are plain to see. Even the unconditional assistance of the Wisbech Standard is no longer sufficient cover, really. Like I always say, the truth is out there.
On Wednesday I spent the day working in my other business that Dave Patrick keeps declaring “failed.” It’s lucky he’s wrong, because gawd knows how I’d pay my bills otherwise. :) Wednesday evening I was at the Area Conservatives A.G.M. where I have just completed my year as Deputy Chairman Membership. I decided to step down, since I’m presently consolidating my work in my own District Ward. I took many of these roles on before I won the Medworth election, so it’s useful now to free my time up again in order to be able to give more time and energy here at home.
On Thursday I spent the early part of the day catching up on paperwork and accounts and some Councillor casework. Once that was clear I paid a visit to the gym and then went on to the Conservative Group Meeting at Fenland Hall in March. I don’t think it’s any great secret that there have been a few disagreements over the last few months, but it was great to see the Conservative team back on track, working together and with a solid and positive plan for the future. Every group is challenged from time to time – but the mark of a strong team is how they put differences aside under strong leadership and with respect for one another.
I had meetings with constituents in the morning on Friday, followed by a light lunch with colleagues. This afternoon I was working on some campaign leaflets and other literature and then this evening I was the volunteer Quizmaster for a Fenrats Fundraising Quiz in Gorefield. The quiz was well attended and I thoroughly enjoyed the company.