Public Service? Pah! Doesn’t pay enough…

Recently we have seen another local MP standing down due to the pressures of the job. Apparently, Mark Simmonds felt that his ministerial pay, expenses and allowances was not enough to live on and had become an intolerable strain on his family life even though the taxpayer had help fund a £1m property. This obviously was not a concern when he reassured the prime minister that he was up to the job during the recent reshuffle. Also didn’t seem to factor into his decision making when discussing his work as an MP with the electorate of Boston & Skegness. However, … Continue reading Public Service? Pah! Doesn’t pay enough…

Tories fighting Tories in Lincolnshire

In response to my article in the Journal a couple of weeks ago, Cllr. Mike Taylor shows beautifully why there is such inconsistency across the administrations of Lincolnshire. The county councillors are the people pushing for unitary authority status, against the wishes of those at district level. Cllr. Taylor still insists that he is against a town council but recognises the need for it if the county council were to vote for unitary status. As always, he fails to recognise the big picture. Unitary status achieved years ago would have led to significant cost savings year on year. Grantham Town … Continue reading Tories fighting Tories in Lincolnshire

Why the Tory “Big Conversation” is anything but!

This week saw the arrival of the “Big Conversation” in Grantham. The Tory Tour rolled into town with Cllr. Martin Hill (apparently a key decision maker), and Tory Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Cllr. Richard Davies.  These meetings are dressed up as a question & answer session where the Tories “listen” to the concerns of the ordinary people. The hope is that they will take away these concerns and let it influence their policy decisions.  The key issue here is the track record of these two individuals does not fill you with confidence that they will change course or even hear … Continue reading Why the Tory “Big Conversation” is anything but!