Tony Cox has a dodgy nose
August 12, 2013 1 Comment
Tony Cox, Conservative councillor for West Shoebury, complains that he can smell the stench of hypocrisy. I am not sure what hypocrisy smells like, but I do suggest he has his olfactory senses checked out.
He accuses me, in addition to being a hypocrite, of faux outrage. He also claims that I have not objected to the threats to library services. Now, I admit my many faults, including being an occasional hypocrite – I am guilty of all manner of human failings. However, I have tried to be as honest as I can on this issue.
Life is rarely black and white, and there is quite a bit of grey in trying to sort out the town’s finances, especially in the opposition’s response. Quite frankly, we do not have the access to the resources available to the ruling administration. This, and the need to satisfy three quite different groups, meant that the opposition response to the budget was, in reality, to tinker on the margins. However, there was no disguising the Labour and Liberal Democrat opposition to the Conservative budget – we voted against it. This meant that we did not approve of all sorts of measures suggested by Cllr Holdcroft and his administration – including what was being done to library services.
I am aware that cuts would happen if Labour was running the town, cuts that would doubtless be quite unpleasant in places. Whatever we would do we would be constrained by a Government intent on starving local authorities of cash. We would, though, make complaints – something absent from the mouths, pens and keyboards of Cllr Cox and pals. I have not been quiet; my condemnation of this Con-Dem Nation is well known and often put.
Showing support for libraries does not fly in the face of reality, nor does it make the seven opposition councillors present at Saturday’s event hypocritical. I take pride in standing beside deeply worried residents.
A Labour administration would not be indulging in expensive vanity projects, nor would it waste tax-payers money. A Labour administration would be prudent, would seek to protect essential services, and would work alongside any group who shared those ideals.
I would remind Cllr Cox that whilst he is content to see £126000 removed from the library budget he is also content to see £241000 spent on disguised crossings for the seafront shared space, £200000 on a boathouse, £250000 on blue bins for residents who already have a supply. These are just the tip of the iceberg. His administration is wasteful, wasteful, wasteful.
Cllr Cox finishes his piece with a dig at trade unions. Cllr Tony Cox, for all his failings as a politician is a very likeable chap. However, he must switch his brain off at times, because this final comment is laughable. I have no union telling me what to do; my only compulsion on Saturday was the desire to serve Milton’s residents.