It’s been a lovely weekend. A packed quiz night in Gorefield on Friday followed by a packed fundraising event with the Sherringham Shantymen on Saturday in Tydd St. Giles were great fun. Not just because the village folk are such nice company, but also because of the celebratory atmosphere now that we’ve beaten the windfarm proposal that threatened to blight our local area simply to enrich a handful of Greenies and landowners at the expense of the taxpayer and the beautiful Fenland landscape.
Meanwhile, at Fenland District Council, leader Alan Melton sees off the difficulties he has been facing there. I don’t know about the details of that one and my preference is to stay away from it, but it’s good to see the back of it. What with a local opposition still looking to insert poisonous barbed tails into any obvious areas of weakness, local Conservatives need to be concentrating on what is best for Fenland rather than fractious internal disputes. Hopefully, both sides will now put away their sabres, put aside their differences and work together once more.
The opposition may not all agree on what name to call themselves this week, but there’s one thing that unites them – Anti-Conservative feeling. You will see this as elections draw closer, much like we did last time when the “Lib Dems” (now Independent, surprise surprise) stood aside for the “Independent” in Wisbech North. Expect much more of this in forthcoming elections.
Nor should you consider Fenland UKIP outside of the electoral “deals and double-dealing” – those colourful characters all have interesting political histories (look ‘em up!) You may consider their loyalties about as solid as their party memberships and with this in mind who would be surprised if these supposed “right wing nationalists” didn’t do some squalid deal with some “hard left socialists?” I don’t suppose anybody would.
My advice to my colleagues is not to underestimate the power of their relentless opportunism and cynical negativity. The sad thing is that it does sometimes work for a while. And they can do a lot of damage, even in a short time, if they manage to grasp even the most remote levers of power. This never becomes apparent until it is too late. People seldom notice any of the many good works local councils and organisations are doing until they are not doing them anymore. Take a look around at the people who are actually doing anything other than a lot of talking, or shouting, and think to yourself: “Is getting a lot of biased press coverage the same as actually working for the community?” It isn’t.