LOCAL ELECTIONS 2018: Getting Our Message Across

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  1. Malcolm Bell says:

    Living in Swindon as I do I was very miserable thinking ahead to the local election when I was faced with a choice between Labour and Conservative. I WILL NOT vote Labour ever again. The last time (I am ashamed to say) resulted in Blair being elected! I will not make that mistake again.
    So to the alternative? Conservative? Our local candidate is the Attorney General Mr Buckland and I just cannot forget that his party have sold us down the river on Brexit over and over again.
    Delighted to hear there is a UKIP alternative. So my dilemma is solved. Whether that candidate gets elected under our FPTP system is not particularly important for me. If the status quo can be disturbed enough to make those in government realise they are not representing me then that can only be a ‘good thing’!

  2. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Yes, its a monster of a mountain to climb Darrell, but I think you have sketched out the best way forward for our Party. Local issues are a must, but where appropriate fishing and the incorrect bend on our Laws, should also be mentioned. After all the Party has seen the hidden strength of its members, in the matter of finance ! GO FOR IT UKIP !

  3. Grumpy Owl says:

    The BBC documentary “Who’s Spending Britains Billions?” is recommended local council campaigning material:

    Councils and local authorities across the country, both Labour and Conservative, are guilty of wasting public money or not getting good value for money.

    You’re right, budgets are being cut so some difficult choices need to be made, however I object to councils paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to ‘management consultants’ to help them make ‘efficiency savings’ while essential public services are being cut back.

    These councils then have the cheek to increase council tax, but I bet we won’t see any improvements in funding for public services as a result, but increased payments to these privately operated consultancy firms, making profits on the back of cuts.

    • Margaret Dennis says:

      A number of the consultants used are ex-directors of our district council, we paid their redundancies, the job renamed and someone else put in at higher pay. The consultants are used extensively as the area is to have a Garden Village and our “stressed out employees are struggling to cope” says they. Some of these employees work just 2 days a week. Go figure.
      Meanwhile Chief Exec has brought in his cronies as “directors” one on higher pay than himself, he keeps his below £150k, and they now run the council. They are supposed to advise elected members but most planning is now under delegated powers and the lazy CONs let them make most decisions. The unelected overpaid LEP (head of this on £190k which was voted for by themselves) here has a Greater Exeter plan so we are to be suburbs not villages soon. They work closely with these directors (by the way we used to have only one now it is 5) and the few cabinet members who are well trained on their behest.
      Yet this council has had a build, build, build policy for years, the rates from these properties certainly look as if they cover the cuts by Government and our services are lost or decimated.

  4. Grumpyashell says:

    Weeks ago great play was made with the link up with Veterans against Terrorism,are you in contact locally with them as they could literally your ground support in the battle

  5. Gavin says:

    Let’s face it, the vast majority of the limited number of candidates we are putting up are paper candidates, so they won’t be campaigning anyway. As a sidebar, you need to understand that for all councils 30-40% of their spending goes on pensions for their legions of ex-employees, and low interest rates over the last 8 years have required huge top-up payments into pension funds, and in addition to government cuts this is where a lot of money has disappeared. Paying more council tax doesn’t lead to more services, it just covers the hole in the pension fund.

    With these elections effectively behind us already, the absolutely key task for UKIP now is to become a post-referendum party and define what it is, and to make this clear in a set of radical policies (I am sure everyone can at least agree on the use of the word ‘radical’). Whether it is populist, libertarian, or whatever, the debate needs to be had, agreed upon, and move forward from there. But we have to have the debate and get this out into the open, not constantly have this infighting and undeclared civil war. Only if we are united around a ‘common purpose’ (pun intended) will our support increase. At present a lot of people are watching from the sidelines (including UKIP supporters) to see what it is that UKIP will become before committing their support. And part of that is for the current leadership team, whose average age is knocking on 70, to renew the party leadership by seeking out talent and finding ways to allow talent to express itself.

  6. Alex H. says:

    Why should councils honour pensions to staff who quit or who are sacked for corruption or gross incompetence?

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