Based On A True Story
I enjoyed this article from the Wisbech Standard. http://www.wisbechstandard.co.uk/news/zebra_crossing_takes_step_closer_for_lethal_location_1_3724760 Get it from a library near you soon, possibly erroneously filed in the Epic Fantasy section, or maybe “based on a true story.” :)
I particularly liked:
“But it was the zebra crossing scheme, pushed by Councillors Paul Clapp and Robert MacLaren, which won the council’s backing.”
It’s funny because never once during all this “pushing” at the Town Council Meeting did they even mention the bid until I raised the issue. Instead they seemed to be “pushing” the 20MPH Zone bid which people had previously been told (by Cllrs Bucknor & Bucknor) was never going to be an LHI bid. I must be getting confused as I get older, I guess. Perhaps “pushing” has a wider meaning now? Maybe whispering with your colleagues from the Independent “Group” while looking panicky counts as “pushing?” Who knows?
I stood up and said: “How can you possibly be backing this 20MPH Zone bid when you’ve taken the Kirkgate issue to County Council, and been published (twice) in the newspaper for doing so? Didn’t all that mean anything at all? I am going to support the Kirkgate bid and so should you, since you collected signatures for it for goodness sake!” They had the decency to look a little chagrined.
Then later, Cllr Paul Clapp (UKIP) who has recently joined Twitter (user name mintyfresh, or something) tweeted:
So it appears that Cllr Paul Clapp has played a Vulcan Mind Trick on me and made me his unwitting pawn. By not putting a bid in, not mentioning a bid and not raising the bid in his words to Town Council he has “pushed me” into doing his bidding. I had no idea he had this level of subtle manipulative power. He’s missed his vocation as a stage hypnotist. I just wish next time they wanted to “force” something they’d actually file the paperwork for it, rather than leaving me to do it. That’d certainly save me some time.
He also tweeted:
I’m guessing the “Rob” he refers to is Rob McLaren. The only “Will” I think he could mean is Will Lewis, the local gentleman who originally asked for the crossing and who worked with Cllr. McLaren and Cllr. Clapp on the petition and appeared in the photo with them in the newspaper. I’m sure Will Lewis is very appreciative of their efforts. But notice the newspaper didn’t seek a comment from him? The lead member of the public who called for the whole project. Do you think that’s odd? Why wouldn’t they want a comment from a member of the public who led on the issue now that the project has been green lit? Curious, huh?
In some ways this is a good thing. Let them take over the bidding process now, since they claim it was their bid. It’ll be nice to see them do some work. But I hope they get it done soon, because any amendments must be in very shortly and if they mess it up, it won’t go any further.