SOMERSET FLOODS: Prime Minister David Cameron pledges money to support victims during visit to Taunton

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  • PM speaks to police and military in Taunton
  • Two severe flood warnings remain in place for Somerset
  • Environment Agency chairman admits "We've made mistakes"
  • Forecast remains grim for the rest of the week

9:49pm

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5:19pm

AS he said earlier during his visit to Taunton, Cameron tells reporters we are a "wealthy country."

This is what one reader thinks of it: 

3:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

xxmatronxx says

So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money

5:07pm

5:01pm

DAVID Cameron is currently holding a Downing Street press conference on floods where he thanks emergency services and volunteers.

He adds: "Money is no object in this relief effort. We will take all steps that are necessary."

Somerset County Gazette:

David Cameron meets members of Silver Command with Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne, right.

4:44pm

COMMUNITIES on the Somerset Levels are being warned to expect more flooding with heavy rain expected tomorrow (Wednesday).

Environment Agency teams continue to be out in force across England - day and night - to minimise the impact of flooding.

About 100 properties remain flooded on the Somerset Levels, where extra pumps are being brought in from Holland to help reduce levels on the River Parrett and Tone.

Further periods of heavy rain are expected mainly to affect the south of England tomorrow and Friday. This is likely to cause more disruption from river and groundwater flooding.

Two severe flood warnings remain in force at Saltmoor and Northmoor, including Moorland, and for the A361, East Lyng to Burrowbridge, as flooding continues on the Somerset Levels.

Since the beginning of December, flood schemes have defended more than 1.3m homes and businesses and protected nearly 2,500 square kilometres of farmland across England. In the same period, 5,800 properties have flooded as a result of the extraordinary series of weather storms.

England has faced the wettest January since 1766. Over the past week more than 180,000 properties have been protected from flooding and more than 138,000 properties have been sent a free flood warning. Since January 29 more than 1,000 properties have flooded.

Paul Leinster, Chief Executive of Environment Agency, said: “Our hearts and sincere sympathy go out to those who have already experienced flooding.

"Our teams will continue to work around the clock to protect lives, homes, businesses, communities and farmland over the coming days.

"We are also supporting multi-agency command centres, normally led by the police, across the country as part of our work with a wide range of partners including the military, local authorities and the emergency services.

“Stormy weather will continue to threaten communities this week, with further flooding expected along the Thames in Berkshire and Surrey.

"River levels are high across south-west, central and southern England and further rain has the potential to cause significant flooding.

“I urge the public to sign up to our receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk, and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware.”

4:43pm

SEDGEMOOR District Council has extended the opening hours of its contact centre for this weekend.

Sedgemoor Direct will be open between 10am and 5pm on February 15 and 16.

These additional opening hours are to help residents effected by flooding.

The customer contact centre can be contacted via: 0845 408 2540 or local rate 01278-435435.

It is open Monday to Friday, as standard, 8am to 6pm. Outside of these hours the emergency contact service is available 24/7 via 0800 917 6520.

1:31pm

COSTS incurred by Somerset County Council, along with Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor and South Somerset District Councils will be reimbursed through the Government's Bellwin Scheme.

The Bellwin Scheme allows councils to apply for financial help in emergency situations.

Mr Cameron said: "We plan to look at all sorts of funding. This is a national emergency so we will find the money and where it needs to be spent, it will be spent.

"We will reimburse 100% of the costs incurred – money is not the problem.

"They [councils] should be marking down everything they are spending and that should be covered by the Bellwin scheme.

"Councils need to work out what they can apply for."

1:27pm

THE Prime Minister attended a meeting with Gold Command, a committee of people from the fire, police, Envrionment Agency, county and district councils and the military.

He also saw some of the work done by the Silver Command, who are described as the 'thinkers' as opposed to the Gold Command who are the 'planners'.

Bronze Command are the people on the ground working with communities hands-on.

Mr Cameron said: "I think people would be impressed with the level of support there in one room all working together.

"Everything that needs to be done is being done.

"It was important to get the army involved and you can see they are doing a great job."

Mr Cameron did admit that a lack of dredging in previous years was a mistake.

He said: "Some dredging was done last year but we can look back to the late 1990s and see that the pendulum swung to far away from dredging.

"More dredging will be done as soon as it is safe to do because dredging should have been done."

1:24pm

WHEN asked if the Government would dip into the European Union £440million Disaster Fund or divert some of their £11billion foreign aid budget towards helping flood victims in Somerset, the Prime Minister said it would not be needed.

He added: "We will make sure whatever it takes money is there.

"We are a wealthy country and if money is needed for the cleanup or for households it will be available.

"What we need at home we will spend at home I guarantee that.

"There are financial constraints but we are a wealthy country with a growing economy and even in this emergency for our country we will spend the money where the money is needed.

"We are looking what can be done to help people and businesses get back on their feet and get back to normal life."

1:20pm

DAVID Cameron told the County Gazette's Daniel Milligan earlier today that "as much funding as is needed" will be made available to Somerset.

He also stressed that despite the ongoing work with flood victims close to the River Thames, Somerset would not be forgotten.

He added: "This is a very difficult situation and the worst weather for 250 years so this will take time.

"The current pumping will help to drain the Levels but it will take time.

"People should not be in any doubt that we so have difficult financial decisions but we will make sure that where the money is needed it will be made available."

1:14pm

12:56pm

12:49pm

12:40pm

THE PM is pictured speaking to the military at Taunton police station.

Somerset County Gazette:

12:37pm

Somerset County Gazette:

PRIME Minister David Cameron, left centre, met with Chief Supt Caroline Peters, right centre, the Gold Command team and Environment Agency representatives at Taunton police station this morning.

12:36pm

12:11pm

THE following roads are currently affected by flooding:

Sedgemoor

  • Road closure at M5 J24 - Huntworth Lane is closed at the junction towards Moorland.
  • Lane closure, A38 dual carriageway at Dunball, until 10pm Wednesday 12 February – Environment Agency installing additional pumps.
  • A361 Burrowbridge to East Lyng – still closed due to flooding.
  • Roads in and around Moorland, nr North Petherton – Flooding to roads and properties remains. Main road to Moorland now closed but is passable with care. Access is being managed by the Police. Evacuation of properties currently underway.
  • Marsh Lane, Huntworth – flooded and impassable
  • Ward Lane, Chedzoy between Chedzoy and Stawell – closed due to flooding.
  • Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – closed due to flooding.
  • Ruggs Drove (Fowlers Plot), Chedzoy – closed due to flooding
  • A372 Langport Road (Seven Bends) from Othery to Aller –  Road closed due to flooding and EA works. Additional advanced signs have been put out. Large pump brought in by EA is at work.
  • Tuxwell Lane, Spaxton – road passable with care.
  • Banklands, North Newton – surface water present but passable with care
  • Fordgate, Moorland – one access route closed due to flooding. The other access route has surface water but passable with care.

South Somerset

  • A372 Pibsury, closed since 23 December and remains closed
  • All roads to Muchelney, Thorney closed since 24 December and remain closed
  • Oath, closed since the week of 6 January and remains closed
  • Long Load Bridge, B3165 closed since 24 December and remains closed
  • A372 Othery to Aller – closed. Full closure constructed at seven bends (South Somerset side). Additional signing provided at Langport, junction of A372/A378 Shires Garage, to advise motorists of the full closure at seven bends.
  • Chinnock Hollow, off the A30, East Coker, closed, team on site to clear landslip, expected to be open by 1pm.

Mendip

  • Godney Road, Godney – closed
  • Long Drove – flooding but passable with care
  • Back River Drove – Overtopping but passable with care

Taunton Deane

  • Netherclay – closed
  • Comeytrowe Lane – passable with care
  • Comeytrowe Road – passable with care
  • Ruishton Village has been flooded since early Wednesday (5 February) morning.
  • Cheats Road, Ruishton to Creech St Michael and Ham – passable with care
  • Bradford-on-Tone to Oake – only passable one way
  • Bradford-on-Tone, Tone Green – passable with care
  • Nynehead, road towards Nynehead weir is clear, but road to Langford Budville is reported as being difficult to pass with small vehicles
  • Norton Fitzwarren – Clear, but some ponding water
  • West Sedgemoor Road, near Hellands Mead, North Curry, flooded by rising water across the West Sedge Moor
  • Tarr Road, Lydeard St Lawrence – road closed after fallen trees have taken a large section of carriageway with it.
  • New Road/Moor Lane, North Curry – closed
  • Cutts Road, East Lyng (to Athelney) – closed
  • Burrowbridge to Huntworth – flooding – closed
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge – closed
  • Burrowbridge to Stathe – flooded but  passable with care
  • Stathe to Oath – flooded – 4×4 only

West Somerset 

  • Oare Post to Oare (Doone Valley) – repairs now completed and road re-opened.
  • Sampford Rocks, Sampford Brett – landslip – road closed.
  • Dyche Road, Holford – flooding – road closed.

Information from Somerset County Council

12:05pm

12:03pm

Somerset County Gazette:

11:46am

AVON and Somerset Police has introduced a 'Unimog' vehicle to serve the marooned community of Muchelney.

A statement read: "People wishing to travel to Thorney had raised concerns about waves being created by the amphibious vehicle (BV).

"The decision was taken to withdraw the BV and the Unimog will operate instead.

"Support from Wessex 4x4 continues as we continue to work with the local residents to meet their requirements.

"The west route, which serves those living in the Drayton area – and beyond – continues to be supported by a BV and the Wessex 4x4 team.

"The route north of the area to Langport, continues to be supported by the boat service, which is being provided by Somerset County Council."

11:44am

11:42am

PRIME Minister David Cameron, who has been visiting flood-hit areas of Devon this morning, is due to visit Taunton today. 

Somerset County Gazette: David Cameron is off to the north of England on the campaign trail

9:55am

ASDA said: "Asda stores around the country have been inundated with requests from customers, colleagues and suppliers who want to offer their support to neighbouring communities.

"Stores and depots across the chain will be holding in-store collections so people across the UK can make personal contributions to support relief efforts.

"The Asda Foundation has committed to making top up donations to the funds raised locally."

9:53am

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has just announced it will donate £400,000 to help communities affected by flooding. 

8:38am

SOMERSET County Council say there are no schools closed due to the flooding today.

8:37am

IN Norton Fitzwarren, motorists are reporting 'insane traffic jams' through the village and up to Rectory Road, Blackdown View and Hilly Park.

8:36am

TRAFFIC heading into Taunton around Henlade and the park and ride service is extremely busy.

Long queues can be expected.

8:19am

THE weather continues to have a major effect on transport. 

The A361 remains closed at Burrowbridge, and the A372 is shut at Othery and Huish Episcopi.

On the trains, First Great Western services are suspended between Taunton and Bridgwater due to flodoing, with replacement bus services in place. 

8:14am

 

THE Environment Agency chairman, Lord Smith, speaking on last night's Newsnight programme on BBC Two, said things could have been done differently, but he resisted calls to resign.

He said: "We've all made mistakes, everyone has made mistakes".

8:12am

THE Environment Agency says two severe flood warnings remain in place for Somerset - at Salt Moor and North Moor, and between East Lyng and Burrowbridge.

8:11am

Somerset County Gazette:

8:08am

AFTER a relatively mild day yesterday, the rain has returned with a vengeance this morning, and the forecast is for more showers later.

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10:44am Tue 11 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

We'll now it is Possible our turn, in East Bridgwater, Burrow bridge , Moorland were Sacrificed by the Environment Agency last week, as were Athelney, Muchelney, around the settlements of Stoke St Gregory etc,
The E Agency, have Designated us in Bridgwater Flood Zone 3 and 3A. We have been paying Excess Fees on our Hiusehold Premiums for Mortgages and Insurances all these past 20 years. so do not let your insurance Companies fob you off with Non Cover should you need to reclaim for Flood Damages to your Personal or Property Damage.
3-4 inches of Rain Forcast for today!!!!!
Be safe rather than Sorry more your possessions upstairs if you can, if you live in a bungalow, place itemems onto tables and kitchen Worktops..!!!
Especially your Paperwork ,policies for insurance which most of us keep in bottom drawers from one year to another, also write down the Tel Nos of your Insurers, with the policy nos. etc......better safe than sorry. !!!!!!
Listen the the Flood Lines for upto date information, especially BBC Somerset.
Very informative. !!!! Info........
Regards David Preece
Blue -Owl
We'll now it is Possible our turn, in East Bridgwater, Burrow bridge , Moorland were Sacrificed by the Environment Agency last week, as were Athelney, Muchelney, around the settlements of Stoke St Gregory etc, The E Agency, have Designated us in Bridgwater Flood Zone 3 and 3A. We have been paying Excess Fees on our Hiusehold Premiums for Mortgages and Insurances all these past 20 years. so do not let your insurance Companies fob you off with Non Cover should you need to reclaim for Flood Damages to your Personal or Property Damage. 3-4 inches of Rain Forcast for today!!!!! Be safe rather than Sorry more your possessions upstairs if you can, if you live in a bungalow, place itemems onto tables and kitchen Worktops..!!! Especially your Paperwork ,policies for insurance which most of us keep in bottom drawers from one year to another, also write down the Tel Nos of your Insurers, with the policy nos. etc......better safe than sorry. !!!!!! Listen the the Flood Lines for upto date information, especially BBC Somerset. Very informative. !!!! Info........ Regards David Preece Blue -Owl Blue Owl

10:52am Tue 11 Feb 14

twinkles says...

Well said, David. Thanks :)
Well said, David. Thanks :) twinkles

1:44pm Tue 11 Feb 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz.
The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz. GreatOdin'sRaven

2:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

twinkles says...

Ah, the old slimey himself has shown up. "No flood tourists", they said.

All except ones with a point to be made in front of a camera.

Get back in your ivory tower, Cameron. Get your pen working on the chequebook, then get on the blower to SORT THIS OUT.
Ah, the old slimey himself has shown up. "No flood tourists", they said. All except ones with a point to be made in front of a camera. Get back in your ivory tower, Cameron. Get your pen working on the chequebook, then get on the blower to SORT THIS OUT. twinkles

3:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

xxmatronxx says...

So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money xxmatronxx

3:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

I am so sorry for everything that is happening with the people where the flooding is now Cameron is involved hopefully things will happen for you all best wishes to all
I know this is not on any kind of scale to what you are all going though but because it has at long last been noted the volume of traffic coming though Hilly Park Norton Fitzwarren causing not only major traffic jams but driving very dangerously as well e.g driving fast, on pavements thinking of nobody but themselves. I rang the police and the council but nobody is really listening we have a primary school on the road being used as a race track and I feel its going to take one of those children to get knocked down before someone listens to me. THIS IS NOT A SHORT CUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am so sorry for everything that is happening with the people where the flooding is now Cameron is involved hopefully things will happen for you all best wishes to all I know this is not on any kind of scale to what you are all going though but because it has at long last been noted the volume of traffic coming though Hilly Park Norton Fitzwarren causing not only major traffic jams but driving very dangerously as well e.g driving fast, on pavements thinking of nobody but themselves. I rang the police and the council but nobody is really listening we have a primary school on the road being used as a race track and I feel its going to take one of those children to get knocked down before someone listens to me. THIS IS NOT A SHORT CUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !! ladybird14

3:14pm Tue 11 Feb 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

twinkles wrote:
Ah, the old slimey himself has shown up. "No flood tourists", they said.

All except ones with a point to be made in front of a camera.

Get back in your ivory tower, Cameron. Get your pen working on the chequebook, then get on the blower to SORT THIS OUT.
And if he hadn't come to the area (again, I might add), people would be complaining about that, too. Please enlighten us; what more would you like him to do? Take a bucket of water back to Downing Street?
[quote][p][bold]twinkles[/bold] wrote: Ah, the old slimey himself has shown up. "No flood tourists", they said. All except ones with a point to be made in front of a camera. Get back in your ivory tower, Cameron. Get your pen working on the chequebook, then get on the blower to SORT THIS OUT.[/p][/quote]And if he hadn't come to the area (again, I might add), people would be complaining about that, too. Please enlighten us; what more would you like him to do? Take a bucket of water back to Downing Street? GreatOdin'sRaven

3:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

xxmatronxx wrote:
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
I AGREE and why was it said they would have to put up our council tax(robbery tax) in Taunton , and Wellington due to the flooding !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]xxmatronxx[/bold] wrote: So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money[/p][/quote]I AGREE and why was it said they would have to put up our council tax(robbery tax) in Taunton , and Wellington due to the flooding !!!!!! ladybird14

11:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

GreatOdin'sRaven wrote:
The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz.
Oh, how you must love being that much more superior, the Spelling errors mostly come from Predictive Text, or in my case Tooo big a fingers, on the Key pad, ??? Does it really matter, as long as the Gist is there.!!!
We are not entering Posts to be judged on their Grammatical Correctness, or punctuation. If it bothers you so much, you can waste your time re-entering the Post with the Corrections, you have my authority, do correct mine.
Really if that's all the Comment you can Post, when so many of our residents are in Dire Straits, then I feel sorry for you and the Sad existence that you must have. Get A Life !!!!!!
Blue-Owl
David L Preece
Ps, No red underlining appeared ,so therefore this Post, should get through your Scrutiny........???? Or Not !!!!
[quote][p][bold]GreatOdin'sRaven[/bold] wrote: The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz.[/p][/quote]Oh, how you must love being that much more superior, the Spelling errors mostly come from Predictive Text, or in my case Tooo big a fingers, on the Key pad, ??? Does it really matter, as long as the Gist is there.!!! We are not entering Posts to be judged on their Grammatical Correctness, or punctuation. If it bothers you so much, you can waste your time re-entering the Post with the Corrections, you have my authority, do correct mine. Really if that's all the Comment you can Post, when so many of our residents are in Dire Straits, then I feel sorry for you and the Sad existence that you must have. Get A Life !!!!!! Blue-Owl David L Preece Ps, No red underlining appeared ,so therefore this Post, should get through your Scrutiny........???? Or Not !!!! Blue Owl

4:22am Wed 12 Feb 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Blue Owl wrote:
GreatOdin'sRaven wrote:
The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz.
Oh, how you must love being that much more superior, the Spelling errors mostly come from Predictive Text, or in my case Tooo big a fingers, on the Key pad, ??? Does it really matter, as long as the Gist is there.!!!
We are not entering Posts to be judged on their Grammatical Correctness, or punctuation. If it bothers you so much, you can waste your time re-entering the Post with the Corrections, you have my authority, do correct mine.
Really if that's all the Comment you can Post, when so many of our residents are in Dire Straits, then I feel sorry for you and the Sad existence that you must have. Get A Life !!!!!!
Blue-Owl
David L Preece
Ps, No red underlining appeared ,so therefore this Post, should get through your Scrutiny........???? Or Not !!!!
I think you'll find that I was referring to the multitude of errors made by the 'journalists' responsible for reporting the news herein. You'd at least expect someone who is paid to convey the written word to be able to spell correctly.
As for my "sad existence", I've spent a fair amount of the past week or so ferrying residents of the Levels around, delivering food and other essential items to people who are unable to get out themselves and generally doing whatever I can to help.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GreatOdin'sRaven[/bold] wrote: The number of spelling mistakes on this site (and in the newspaper itself) continues to disappoint! It's getting more and more like the fictional "Sandford Citizen" in the film, Hot Fuzz.[/p][/quote]Oh, how you must love being that much more superior, the Spelling errors mostly come from Predictive Text, or in my case Tooo big a fingers, on the Key pad, ??? Does it really matter, as long as the Gist is there.!!! We are not entering Posts to be judged on their Grammatical Correctness, or punctuation. If it bothers you so much, you can waste your time re-entering the Post with the Corrections, you have my authority, do correct mine. Really if that's all the Comment you can Post, when so many of our residents are in Dire Straits, then I feel sorry for you and the Sad existence that you must have. Get A Life !!!!!! Blue-Owl David L Preece Ps, No red underlining appeared ,so therefore this Post, should get through your Scrutiny........???? Or Not !!!![/p][/quote]I think you'll find that I was referring to the multitude of errors made by the 'journalists' responsible for reporting the news herein. You'd at least expect someone who is paid to convey the written word to be able to spell correctly. As for my "sad existence", I've spent a fair amount of the past week or so ferrying residents of the Levels around, delivering food and other essential items to people who are unable to get out themselves and generally doing whatever I can to help. GreatOdin'sRaven

8:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

xxmatronxx wrote:
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
The reason ,I picked up on your post, was that you said, in these posts, as well as the journalist, I agree that the journalistic errors are terrible, but what can one expect, it is only a Local Rag, read or looked at by only a few thousand, in comparison with the Taunton County Gazette, Which has far better Content and worthy News and Social Content.
I for one would be happy if the Mercury Bridgwater Content was Merged into the Gazette, and Published Weekly as one Publication.......
Therefore I am sorry for attacking your Post, and applaud your help for the Flood Victims.but, it was how I read it. There are others, they know who they are, who post useless comments, knocking the efforts of everyone who actually tries to assist situations , without ever putting forward alternative, points of views, or workable solutions, costed and feasible .
Yours David L Preece
Blue -Owl.
[quote][p][bold]xxmatronxx[/bold] wrote: So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money[/p][/quote]The reason ,I picked up on your post, was that you said, in these posts, as well as the journalist, I agree that the journalistic errors are terrible, but what can one expect, it is only a Local Rag, read or looked at by only a few thousand, in comparison with the Taunton County Gazette, Which has far better Content and worthy News and Social Content. I for one would be happy if the Mercury Bridgwater Content was Merged into the Gazette, and Published Weekly as one Publication....... Therefore I am sorry for attacking your Post, and applaud your help for the Flood Victims.but, it was how I read it. There are others, they know who they are, who post useless comments, knocking the efforts of everyone who actually tries to assist situations , without ever putting forward alternative, points of views, or workable solutions, costed and feasible . Yours David L Preece Blue -Owl. Blue Owl

9:59am Wed 12 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

xxmatronxx wrote:
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............
Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies....
Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........
I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England.
I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!!
Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc.
Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review.
Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC,
This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........

Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter.
I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda
Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc..........
They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!!
We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs
Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the
Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ???
The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes
Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]xxmatronxx[/bold] wrote: So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money[/p][/quote]The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............ Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies.... Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........ I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England. I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!! Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc. Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review. Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC, This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........ Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter. I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc.......... They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!! We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl. Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ??? The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!! Blue Owl

11:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Blue Owl wrote:
xxmatronxx wrote:
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............
Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies....
Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........
I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England.
I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!!
Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc.
Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review.
Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC,
This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........


Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter.
I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda
Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc..........
They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!!
We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs
Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the
Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ???
The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes
Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!!
Blue Owl (AKA David Preece, ex Tory councillor)

You frequently and consistently proclaim yourself to be "proud to be a Conservative".

Perhaps you would consider answering the following question?

This question is also posed to those apologists for New Labour within the Labour and trade union movement.

When asked, what she considered to be her greatest political achievement during her entire lifetime: Margaret Thatcher replied:

A) Introducing the repressive anti-trade union laws.



B) Defeating the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the bitter one year long strike of 1984/85

C) Tony Blair's New Labour Party.

We'll give you and your political allies in the other two main political parties a clue...

It was not 'A' : Introducing the most repressive raft of anti-trade union legislation in Europe.

it was not 'B': defeating the NUM

Which leaves 'C'...Tony Blair's New Labour party.

Yet Tories such as yourself continue the pretence of attempting to wage a political fight with the so called 'Labour' Party.

A New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years:

faithfully maintained Thatcher's repressive and undemocratic anti-trade union laws;

Waged a war in Iraq for mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's) in the face of two million marching in London to protest that the war should not go ahead in their name. All before launching into yet another war in Afghanistan.

Continued the Tory's Public Private Partnership (PPP) privatisation of the NHS in the form of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

I could go on.

However, I've confined myself to just a three of the incontrovertible issues that 'proud Tories' such as yourself share with the so called, 'New Labour' Party in your common capitalist political agenda.


A recent conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) discussed and planned preparations for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two.



Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left.

The millionaires and billionaires have their three main parties of cuts and austerity...

It's time for a new mass party of the millions!

Don't just angry get organised...

For more information visit www.tusc.org.uk
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xxmatronxx[/bold] wrote: So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money[/p][/quote]The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............ Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies.... Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........ I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England. I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!! Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc. Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review. Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC, This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........ Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter. I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc.......... They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!! We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl. Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ??? The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!![/p][/quote]Blue Owl (AKA David Preece, ex Tory councillor) You frequently and consistently proclaim yourself to be "proud to be a Conservative". Perhaps you would consider answering the following question? This question is also posed to those apologists for New Labour within the Labour and trade union movement. When asked, what she considered to be her greatest political achievement during her entire lifetime: Margaret Thatcher replied: A) Introducing the repressive anti-trade union laws. [Laws that still remain on statute today; despite, or indeed because of thirteen years of New Labour government] B) Defeating the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the bitter one year long strike of 1984/85 C) Tony Blair's New Labour Party. We'll give you and your political allies in the other two main political parties a clue... It was not 'A' : Introducing the most repressive raft of anti-trade union legislation in Europe. it was not 'B': defeating the NUM Which leaves 'C'...Tony Blair's New Labour party. Yet Tories such as yourself continue the pretence of attempting to wage a political fight with the so called 'Labour' Party. A New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years: faithfully maintained Thatcher's repressive and undemocratic anti-trade union laws; Waged a war in Iraq for mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's) in the face of two million marching in London to protest that the war should not go ahead in their name. All before launching into yet another war in Afghanistan. Continued the Tory's Public Private Partnership (PPP) privatisation of the NHS in the form of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). I could go on. However, I've confined myself to just a three of the incontrovertible issues that 'proud Tories' such as yourself share with the so called, 'New Labour' Party in your common capitalist political agenda. A recent conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) discussed and planned preparations for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two. Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left. The millionaires and billionaires have their three main parties of cuts and austerity... It's time for a new mass party of the millions! Don't just angry get organised... For more information visit www.tusc.org.uk Somerset;SocialistParty

3:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Blue Owl wrote:
xxmatronxx wrote:
So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money
The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............
Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies....
Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........
I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England.
I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!!
Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc.
Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review.
Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC,
This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........


Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter.
I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda
Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc..........
They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!!
We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs
Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!!
David L Preece
Blue-Owl.
Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the
Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ???
The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes
Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!!
Open letter to Blue Owl (AKA David Preece, ex-Tory councillor) and all serious opponents of the unelected Con-Dem coalition's austerity programme.

You frequently and consistently proclaim yourself to be "proud to be a Conservative”.

You also spend much time and energy attempting to emphasise the political ‘differences’ between the Tory Party and the so called ‘Labour’ Party, much to many peoples' bemusement.

Perhaps you would consider addressing the following question?

This question is also posed to those apologists for New Labour within the Labour and trade union movement.

When asked, what she considered to be her greatest political achievement during her entire lifetime; Margaret Thatcher replied:

A) Introducing the most repressive anti-trade union laws anywhere in Europe



B) Defeating the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the bitterly fought year long strike of 1984/85

C) Tony Blair's New Labour Party.

We'll provide you and your political allies in the other two main political parties a bit of help in answering this...

It was not 'A' : Introducing the most repressive raft of anti-trade union legislation in Europe.

it was not 'B': defeating the NUM.

Which only leaves 'C'!

indeed; you were absolutely correct if you answered 'C'...Thatcher regarded her greatest political achievement to be the creation of Tony Blair's New 'Labour' party!

Yet, Tories such as yourself continue the pretence of attempting to wage a political struggle with the so called 'Labour' Party. To be fair to you, this political 'charade' is also conducted by the so called 'Labour' party. This is an increasingly difficult task for them to conduct with any credibility, as they continually commit themselves to endorsing and supporting Con-Dem policies such as privatisation of the Royal Mail and the continuing Public spending cuts.

This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years:
faithfully maintained Thatcher's repressive and undemocratic anti-trade union laws;

This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years:
waged a war in Iraq for mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's) in the face of two million marching demonstrators in London who protested that Bush and Blair’s war would not be prosecuted in their collective names. And all this was before launching into yet another war in Afghanistan.

This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years:
continued the Tory's Public Private Partnership (PPP) privatisation of the NHS in the form of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

I could also raise the fact that the New 'Labour' government created and introduced academies in their bid to privatise education, but I won't dwell on this.

I should also briefly mention that the so called New 'Labour' government introduced the hated university tuition fees, something even the previous Tory government didn't have the confidence to introduce.

I should of course also not forget to include the fact that at one point the arch-Thatcherite, Rupert Murdoch threw his sun 'newspaper's' weight behind Tony Blair's New 'Labour' party, and that at a later date the so called New 'Labour' party received more from corporate donations than it received in trade union funding, leading many to conclude that 'he who pays the piper, calls the corporate tune. It was of course no coincidence that this occurred against the backdrop of Tony Blair's New 'Labour' government reducing regulation of the investment banks and reducing corporation tax, to amongst the lowest levels in Europe, although this in some way remains academic as the corporations still avoid paying at least £120 billion EVERY SINGLE YEAR, whilst simultaneously claiming that there’s a public spending deficit, meaning we all have to consequently make ‘sacrifices’ and that we’re all in this together!

Let's not also forget the Milliband led New 'Labour's' unprecedented attack on trade unions by actually involving the police when a trade union (Unite) attempted to influence the 'Labour' party prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) selection process!

It was with all this, and more in mind that a recent conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) discussed and planned preparations for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two.

It is time for the trade unions to break with New 'Labour' and begin to construct a new mass workers' party as a matter of increasing urgency!


Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left.

The millionaires and billionaires have their three main parties of cuts and austerity...

It's time for a new mass party of the millions!

Don't just angry get organised...

For more information visit www.tusc.org.uk
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]xxmatronxx[/bold] wrote: So we are a wealthy country now!!! Money is not a problem?? Since when? Our country has been on the breadline for years now. Unemployment isn't falling it's just that we are all made to work part time. There is no money for caring for the young or the elderly, libraries, health, education etc etc but suddenly the government says we have plenty of money. Is it because the floods are starting to get closer to London? If finance isn't a problem why have we all been left to suffer for the past few years? It's time the councillors tell us where they are hiding all this money[/p][/quote]The reason that money is tight, and local Councils are having to make very difficult financial decisions is because, we as a Country are living of off borrowed Money, having to repay the tremendous Debt that, Blair ! brown , Balls - Up, Prescott, Harriet Harmon, and the Last incumbent of Labour, Milliband. Under their Watch, in Downing St, they Spent, spent, spent Money, like it was going out of Fashion, with no accountability, no thought as to who had to settle this Debt, when or How. They spent money like a kid in a sweet shop ,on a sugar fix............ Then, during Blairs Prime Ministership, the slick, smooth Git, sold all our Gold reserves for 25% of it value! after announcing to the Stock Exchange 2 weeks B4, just to ensure that , the Price fell even more, before selling the Gold, I remember, the then Chancellor " Prudence Brown" with his Fiscal Policies.... Why, we are having to pay now, is because the Countries Debt, is after 3 years, still only 30% recovered! we are still paying Interest, on the Debt left as the Labour Legacy........ I will say, that there must be a serious look at the International Aid Overseas Budget, but that is not connected with local Government Funding, but of course, in these hard times We need to look after our own first, our a Pensioners, our Disabled, the infrastructure of our Country, we are no longer the 4th richest Country in the World, we are recovering ,the Country is getting there, Post Blair, post the Bankers, which, caused some of the Financial Meltdown, but I do not accept, that they were responsible, it was Tony Blair, and his Chancellor Brown, who has gone back to Scotland, havn't heard from him. !!!!! I suppose he's waiting in the Wings for the Devolution of Scotland in dependants from England. I say get on have your vote, Blair split the United Kingdom of Great Britain, with his decisions, the Scots and the Welsh, are welcome to their Independence, but as the Governor of the Bank of England said, " not with our English Pound, you want to break away from the Union, then be it so !!!! Like your personal household budgets, government, local Councils even yourself, you have a finite amount of Resourses coming into your Budget, you then have to priorities, as to what you need to put at the Top of your spending list, then work down to the essentials, and the needs , and the Wants and then finally the luxuries, Holidays, new Car, bigger House etc. Well as a Former Councillor, that is what every Council, has to set out each year, to provide the essential Services, without increasing the Overall Budget, whilst, taking into account the " Gerswin Formular" which, demands that every Council has to save 3% on the Previous years Budget. (facts) to be Accounted into the Annual Budget Review. Then, after essential services are factored in, as everyone expects those Services to be Provided, the other costs are looked at in Great details, overall Spending has to produce a Balanced Budget.........Very Difficult, without making some very thought provoking and at times very lively Debate, between our own Conservative Councillors in SDC, This, did'nt happen with Labour / Lib SDC, as they never produced their alternative Budget Formular to Council, just nit picked at our Balanced Financial report to Council, without ever in my 8 years, coming up with a funding Formular, as to how they were to achieve any of their Budget Alternatives........ Now, still things are the Same, Cllr Redman, a SDC , SCC & Labour Prospective M P for Sedgemoor /West Somerset, only this week in the local Newspaper is peddling the Same views about SCC Budget Cuts, deeming them as Savage, and unacceptable, But a With On Alternative Stratagem , as to HOW He would fund, in able to provide the Services he wishes to retain.... ????? they have No Idea.......!!!!!! It's all Wind And Fire!!! Electioneering, speaking to their Electorate so they are seen to be doing something !!!! When in Fact they are inept.....Useless, of course I would say that. And I do, without fear of being Contradicted. They know a I am Correct, in this matter. I would urge the members of the Sedgemoor Public, to attend Council meetings, both Town and District, just to listen to those you have Elected to Speak on your behalf, most do not even bother to enter, into any Agenda Item, debate matters, argue Points. Etc.......... They are there because you Elected them, they should be accountable to you, some are a waste of time, even a Joke......we expect our Elected Councillors to be there, working for us the Electorate, I'm not bitter, as not being re-elected @ the last Election, as I and my fellow Conservatives were nudged out by Labour Boundary Review, which changed the Wards, in favour of Labour Territories, Households, no wonder Cllr Smedley, was pleased with the Changes, they knew the changes favoured the Labour Party, wards. All he was concerned about was as to what the Newly Formed Parish Wards were to be Named........,.This came about as a Labour Boundary review.....!!! We we not surprised by the outcome, but just ask yourselves, just what does the BTC, do for you in our Town, go on the Bridgwater T C Website, see the Agenda Items, the Decisions etc. 14 Labour Councillors 2.Conservative. Cllrs Slocombe And Baker. When it was 10 Lab - 6 Conservatives, we at least had lively debate, still lost the Vote, each time..... But at least we Challenged !!! David L Preece Blue-Owl. Twinkles, at least David Cameron, came, saw, as did Iain, L G, as did the Minister, he damned if he Does and Criticised if he dies'nt, so what is he to do!! More. ??? The Environment Agency, Boss Lord Chris Smith £100.000 Quango Chairman for 3 Day week, got what he deserved when eventually he decided to show his face. Still if he is removed from the Environment Quango Chair, as I and others have called for, I'm sure he has other Board Chairmanships for which he is remunerated ,well and his House of Lords Expenses,vow just remind me who put him into the Quango, and House of Lords ..???? Oh yes Blair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of Tony's Cronies !!!!!!![/p][/quote]Open letter to Blue Owl (AKA David Preece, ex-Tory councillor) and all serious opponents of the unelected Con-Dem coalition's austerity programme. You frequently and consistently proclaim yourself to be "proud to be a Conservative”. You also spend much time and energy attempting to emphasise the political ‘differences’ between the Tory Party and the so called ‘Labour’ Party, much to many peoples' bemusement. Perhaps you would consider addressing the following question? This question is also posed to those apologists for New Labour within the Labour and trade union movement. When asked, what she considered to be her greatest political achievement during her entire lifetime; Margaret Thatcher replied: A) Introducing the most repressive anti-trade union laws anywhere in Europe [Laws that still remain on statute today; despite, or indeed because of thirteen years of New Labour government] B) Defeating the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) after the bitterly fought year long strike of 1984/85 C) Tony Blair's New Labour Party. We'll provide you and your political allies in the other two main political parties a bit of help in answering this... It was not 'A' : Introducing the most repressive raft of anti-trade union legislation in Europe. it was not 'B': defeating the NUM. Which only leaves 'C'! indeed; you were absolutely correct if you answered 'C'...Thatcher regarded her greatest political achievement to be the creation of Tony Blair's New 'Labour' party! Yet, Tories such as yourself continue the pretence of attempting to wage a political struggle with the so called 'Labour' Party. To be fair to you, this political 'charade' is also conducted by the so called 'Labour' party. This is an increasingly difficult task for them to conduct with any credibility, as they continually commit themselves to endorsing and supporting Con-Dem policies such as privatisation of the Royal Mail and the continuing Public spending cuts. This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years: faithfully maintained Thatcher's repressive and undemocratic anti-trade union laws; This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years: waged a war in Iraq for mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD's) in the face of two million marching demonstrators in London who protested that Bush and Blair’s war would not be prosecuted in their collective names. And all this was before launching into yet another war in Afghanistan. This would be the same New Labour party that, when in government for THIRTEEN years: continued the Tory's Public Private Partnership (PPP) privatisation of the NHS in the form of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). I could also raise the fact that the New 'Labour' government created and introduced academies in their bid to privatise education, but I won't dwell on this. I should also briefly mention that the so called New 'Labour' government introduced the hated university tuition fees, something even the previous Tory government didn't have the confidence to introduce. I should of course also not forget to include the fact that at one point the arch-Thatcherite, Rupert Murdoch threw his sun 'newspaper's' weight behind Tony Blair's New 'Labour' party, and that at a later date the so called New 'Labour' party received more from corporate donations than it received in trade union funding, leading many to conclude that 'he who pays the piper, calls the corporate tune. It was of course no coincidence that this occurred against the backdrop of Tony Blair's New 'Labour' government reducing regulation of the investment banks and reducing corporation tax, to amongst the lowest levels in Europe, although this in some way remains academic as the corporations still avoid paying at least £120 billion EVERY SINGLE YEAR, whilst simultaneously claiming that there’s a public spending deficit, meaning we all have to consequently make ‘sacrifices’ and that we’re all in this together! Let's not also forget the Milliband led New 'Labour's' unprecedented attack on trade unions by actually involving the police when a trade union (Unite) attempted to influence the 'Labour' party prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) selection process! It was with all this, and more in mind that a recent conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) discussed and planned preparations for the biggest left of Labour electoral challenge since World War Two. It is time for the trade unions to break with New 'Labour' and begin to construct a new mass workers' party as a matter of increasing urgency! Former Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist, chairing the conference, laid out the ambitious plan to stand 625 candidates as 'anti-cuts beacons' for working class people in the May 2014 elections. This scale is necessary to attempt to break the media blackout of anything beyond the parties of capitalism. The hall was buzzing when it was revealed that already 400 people have been identified as potential candidates with two months of the nomination period left. The millionaires and billionaires have their three main parties of cuts and austerity... It's time for a new mass party of the millions! Don't just angry get organised... For more information visit www.tusc.org.uk Somerset;SocialistParty

7:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Somerset Socialist Party, you can carry on with your Socialist views, you are a Minority Party, without the Support of the Union Members, who along with the other Unions, in the Public Sector, Teachers, T G W U. And the others, you are not happy that Milliband, is going to change the Way that the Unions, have the Vote to decide the Parties Leader, Milliband does not want to be controlled by the Unions, hence the Changes.
So now, you and your Unions, will bring our Country to a Halt in the Pursuance of your Gaols.
Bob Crow, only last week, brought Londoners to make alternative travel arrangements, where they could. Where not possible, those workers who were inconvenienced, lost a day or two work........But do you, or Bob Crow Care, do you Hell. As long as your Agenda, is met.
Baroness Thatchers treatment of Arthur Scargill, and the Miners, were like you today, determined to bring down the Government of the Day. I applaud Lady Thatchers Stance, as had she crumbled, the Dockers were set to join the Miners, bringing our Countries imports and Exports to a Standstill.
If you Socialist, think your Policies are Right For England, why is it that only your Labour Paid up Union Members, are your only supporters, and like myself, victimised in the 70's as a Member of the TGWU, when I opted out of Paying the Political Levies to the Labour Party, instead Opting to make the same payment to Charitable donation, the British Cellophane Ltd, Courtaulds Union Stewards, did 'nt like that, along with 60 or so workers who chose to do similar, we were single out by the Union Heavies, what should have been a confidential matter, with the Union was banded around the Factory Workers, so that negative comments were made to us.......That's why I am so against your Socialist doctrine.
We do not want Socialism in this Country, your thoughts, are out of Touch with the Modern work ethics, you are a Dinosaur, as are your Politics, if you think Your Policies are apt in Modern Britain, then why, in almost every Democratic, Country in the Western World has rejected Socialism !!!!!!?????????
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Somerset Socialist Party, you can carry on with your Socialist views, you are a Minority Party, without the Support of the Union Members, who along with the other Unions, in the Public Sector, Teachers, T G W U. And the others, you are not happy that Milliband, is going to change the Way that the Unions, have the Vote to decide the Parties Leader, Milliband does not want to be controlled by the Unions, hence the Changes. So now, you and your Unions, will bring our Country to a Halt in the Pursuance of your Gaols. Bob Crow, only last week, brought Londoners to make alternative travel arrangements, where they could. Where not possible, those workers who were inconvenienced, lost a day or two work........But do you, or Bob Crow Care, do you Hell. As long as your Agenda, is met. Baroness Thatchers treatment of Arthur Scargill, and the Miners, were like you today, determined to bring down the Government of the Day. I applaud Lady Thatchers Stance, as had she crumbled, the Dockers were set to join the Miners, bringing our Countries imports and Exports to a Standstill. If you Socialist, think your Policies are Right For England, why is it that only your Labour Paid up Union Members, are your only supporters, and like myself, victimised in the 70's as a Member of the TGWU, when I opted out of Paying the Political Levies to the Labour Party, instead Opting to make the same payment to Charitable donation, the British Cellophane Ltd, Courtaulds Union Stewards, did 'nt like that, along with 60 or so workers who chose to do similar, we were single out by the Union Heavies, what should have been a confidential matter, with the Union was banded around the Factory Workers, so that negative comments were made to us.......That's why I am so against your Socialist doctrine. We do not want Socialism in this Country, your thoughts, are out of Touch with the Modern work ethics, you are a Dinosaur, as are your Politics, if you think Your Policies are apt in Modern Britain, then why, in almost every Democratic, Country in the Western World has rejected Socialism !!!!!!????????? David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl

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