Author Archives: Steve Tierney
That Was Quite Something
Wow, that was an eventful campaign.
I was very sad to lose David Oliver and Garry Tibbs to FDC. It’s unfortunate for Walsoken and Peckover too, as they’ve replaced two hard-working, decent men for … well, you know. But, as my old pal Rollinson used to say if electorate who vote in people like this: “you get what you vote for.”
The mixup of Independents, Lib Dems and otherness that now form the FDC opposition isn’t a massive change from before really. Having opposition who were never really Conservatives move from being in your ranks to outside of them is really just the same people doing what they do a little more openly. I would not rule out one or two more “surprises” even after the elections are over. I think its actually quite healthy for individuals to be revealed for what they really are, rather than what they pretend to be. At least, when the dust settles, the picture is clear.
All in all, given the national trend delivered by the Brexit Fiasco, we did well compared to many areas. I was particularly pleased that Wisbech Town Council remains almost the same and actually had a slighter better result than four years ago. Then, the voters delivered us four opposition (two Independents and two ‘Kippers) and this time they delivered us three. It was nice to take a District Council seat from the opposition in Waterlees and to secure three Town Council seats there. The new Conservative Councillors will be a great team.
Hill Ward was brilliant. A great deal of effort was put in to take this from us, including the massively biased local press doing everything they could (as predicted) right up to the eve of election front page attack article (as predicted) and they must be absolutely fuming that the effort failed. In the current political climate that’s really quite a feat to have overcome such a gargantuan #Fakenews effort. Well done to all involved. Peter Freeman was the only opposition candidate who I noted was a gentleman about the whole thing. Fair play for that.
I rather enjoyed getting blamed by the opposition for everything (as usual). I don’t mind. I am the bogeyman of the opposition, who spend many hours in their tiny moist online hideyhole frothing about me and believing I am responsible for everything from the big bang to the end of time. As with many other events over the last few years, if they believe I am somehow behind everything that happens that makes them angry it’s no concern to me.
It’s a different local political landscape, for sure. Interestingly, an area where some people say they want “party politics out of local Government” have just elected probably the most political Council this area has ever seen. The speed with which an “Independent” “Group” forms and gives itself a leader and Special Responsibility Allowances will be a sight to see, I suspect. How long before the first “group meeting” is called for the party that isn’t a party? But I could be wrong. Maybe they’ll all stay true to their “Independent” claims and not form a group etc. We shall see.
A sad day to see some truly wonderful Councillors lost to our area. I suspect we will feel the consequences of those losses in the months and years to come. But onwards and upwards. Local Conservatives will now have to work even harder for our towns, for Fenland and for the people that live here. I feel confident that’s what we will all do.
This Thursday night at Wisbech Castle:
Are you an aspiring poet, writer, rapper?
All levels welcome, this event is for everybody who loves to write and who wants others to share what they’ve written with others via the spoken word.
Eggcellent Easter Fun Day(s)
Well, I’ve spent a wonderful weekend with friends and colleagues delivering the Eggcellent Easter Fun Day on Saturday and Sunday for over a thousand happy people.
Families poured into Wisbech Castle for the hugely successful event, themed on Alice In Wonderland and featuring so many things for families and kids to enjoy together.
Almost everything was delivered free to local people, thanks to our spectacular Wisbech Castle Working Party team of volunteers.
The weather was incredible, loads of people turned out and everybody seemed to have a really nice time. Many came back for both days!
Wisbech Castle and its team going from strength to strength.
In Character … Dave Topgood as The Mad Hatter, Samantha Hoy as the Easter Bunny, Brenda Barber as the Queen of Hearts, Cameron Fraser as Pikachu, Joe Tierney as the White Rabbit, Jamie Edwards as The Wisbech Giant, Abi Wallwork as Alice. Also thanks to all the many other volunteers who helped out to deliver this brilliant event.
I had one of the best canvassing days EVER today.
The sun was shining and literally every single person I spoke to door-to-door was supportive and friendly. I canvassed for six hours and covered over half of my ward and it was absolutely brilliant. I’d like to thank so many people that I spoke to that were all so nice.
When I got home I began to get word of the list of candidates that were standing in Fenland. I had wondered if we might get some “no contests” but I never thought there would be so many. All across Fenland, many of my colleagues will be elected unopposed.
In a way I am a little disappointed, as the unofficial news is that I will also be elected unopposed. I’m sad because I had been really hoping one of these so-called “Independents” was going to stand against me. I would have liked to see how that worked out for them.
I’m sorry to the people of Medworth that no other candidate has put their name in. You deserve a choice and that has been denied to you. I would have been happy to campaign for re-election on my record. Indeed I have already put out a newsletter, a letter and a leaflet across the ward, and canvassed about 75% of the ward, so I was certainly up for it. It appears that the various other parties and “independents” couldn’t find somebody willing to take me on. It appears they were all frit, as there’s no sign of them. Or perhaps they are just supportive of the work I do? :)
But I’m pleased for my Town Council colleague Michael Hill, who is Deputy Mayor and can now be as assured as you can be with such things that he will be the Mayor in May. I know he is going to be a great Mayor – again!
Once more, thanks to all the people who had said they were going to vote for me. It was truly humbling. There’s no need to do so now, but I will work hard every day for the next four years on your behalf. Thank you.
Campaign Time 2019
Well it’s that time again.
The time when we all go out and ask people to come vote for us.
The time when the opposition and the Usual Suspects start sneering, lying and slating the Conservatives – while claiming that it is the other way around. :)
The time when the Wisbech Standard begins its weekly campaign to get somebody, anybody, elected who isn’t a Conservative.
The time when people nobody has seen in their ward for the last four years turn up and start pretending that they are a better alternative than the people who work all year around.
The sun is shining. The air is fresh. And the people I am meeting in my ward as I canvass are very pleasant and very positive.
I have every faith that the people in Wisbech broadly know the truth, no matter what smears the collective opposition try to run with.
As ever, it will be what it will be. We shall see.
See you all soon, on the doorstep. Looking forward to it!
So apparently the fairly simply blog post (above) is “ghastly and nasty.” :)
But none of the comments on the various private Facebook groups he frequents are? None of the personal remarks about me, or Sam Hoy? None of the comments by anybody on the Hatefest forum are “ghastly and nasty?” Just my little blog, above.
If ever there was clear-cut evidence of exactly what I said, it’s right there.
People are right to point to the low esteem in which the Old Press is held, nationally and locally. And this is why.