Exclusive: Propoganda Posted By The Leader Of Sheffield’s Labour Council
The leader of Labour controlled Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore, has sent out a letter through the post. I have no idea how many citizens of Sheffield have received this correspondence, but it is an outrageous piece of propaganda. It ostensibly attempts to explain the need to raise Council Tax, but in reality it vilifies the Tories and portrays Labour as heroes.
“This is the eighth year trying to find ways of managing the government’s damaging cuts.” She said she has written “to explain the extremely difficult decisions we are forced to make as these ‘austerity’ cuts have reduced the amount we have to spend.” “The Council’s financial position simply gets tougher and tougher, while demand for the most critical of our services continues to grow.”
She claimed “We need to find ways of dealing with a gap of £42m. These gruelling cuts have hit local government hard.” “We are now long past the point where we can save this money just by making efficiencies, and, if the Government continue their approach then that means there is likely to be an increasing, real and harmful impact.”
“Despite the sustained cuts we have always focused on protecting front line services as far as possible, particularly the most critical services for vulnerable children, older people and those with disabilities.” “Due to the level of cuts we are contending with, over a sustained period, we now believe we have no choice but to increase it next year by 2.99%, following the Government’s decision.” (I have discovered that it is actually 3.99%. An inability to get figures correct is a Labour party trait.)
Dore complained that “the social care precept” “used to support adult social care” “still falls well short of covering the increasing demand.”
She praised our public servants then added “in the past eight years they have had to do this in the face of austerity and having to take on more work.”
She pledged “We will continue to provide the services you all depend upon such as maintaining our council housing, parks, roads, pavements, museums, theatres, libraries, schools and nurseries.”
The full letter is longer – that’s a lot of words to say “We’re raising tax and blaming everything on Government cuts.” She of course did not mention that the Tories make cuts to attempt to pay debts that Labour incur.
Neither did she mention, despite acknowledging that demand on our services is growing, that Labour have supported the free movement of people. The biggest strain on our infrastructure is recklessly allowing large numbers of immigrants to benefit from what they have not contributed to. The massive influx of people, many of whom do not respect British laws and values, is already having an increasing, real and harmful impact!
She also omitted the fact that our Labour Council have wasted millions of pounds. They funded projects, such as building and maintaining hospitals, through Private Finance Initiatives which are loans from private consortiums of investors with ridiculously extortionate interest rates. And there has been a pattern of the Council outsourcing, subcontracting to companies who subcontract again. Middle men take a cut for doing nothing and work is given to people from across the nation rather than those living in Sheffield.
Additionally, proposals from other parties were defeated, including UKIP’s attempt to reduce the allowances of Sheffield’s Councillors.
Labour nationally do not have a good track record when it comes to protecting the vulnerable, especially children. I dread the revelation that huge and organised grooming gangs operate in Sheffield. The next town over, Rotherham, has already been badly affected by this disgusting perversion. Rather than deal with the issue, Labour Councillors swept it under the carpet out of fear of being accused of discrimination.
It is also Labour who brought about multiculturalism, promoting the acceptance of dangerous individuals and ideologies. They encouraged the arrival of criminals, hate preachers and terrorists. Sharia Law, Female Genital Mutilation, barbaric non-stun halal slaughter of livestock and sexist domination over women are rife. Burglaries and knife crime are rising in Sheffield, but our Council turn the police on law abiding citizens.
Labour overtly honour our public servants, but it is an empty gesture. These workers do deserve thanks and congratulations, but I think they would prefer decent wages and a reasonable workload. If Labour really cared about them, which they have not done for a long time, they would be trying to leave the EU completely and doing more to control the increase in population.
The Sheffield Council has a dire history of providing services. I have lived in Council properties and live in one now. Getting repairs carried out is next to impossible unless they consider the situation an emergency – and even then there is no guarantee. My family and I are trapped in a 1 bedroom flat. Early last year we qualified as overcrowded, but then the Council amended their criteria. This was purely to fudge the figures so they can falsely claim to have reduced overcrowding.
They purport to endorse equality, yet they prioritise the welfare of foreigners over that of their own people. Sheffield Council would rather give a house to a non-English speaking Muslim than a British family or a homeless veteran of a British armed force. To be clear, this statement is not discriminatory – it accuses Labour of discrimination. The British demographics that they do give their support to tend to be other minorities such as disabled people and homosexuals. These groups should be represented, but not at the expense of the majority.
Rides such as swings disappear from parks; roads and pavements are patchworks of temporary fixes; libraries and post offices have closed; class sizes in schools have increased; bins are not emptied often enough; and our bus services have been changed and made worse, their routes decided by someone who had never even been to Sheffield.
Meanwhile, the Council have wasted money by felling perfectly healthy trees despite the vociferous objections of local protestors. They have renovated communal windows in small blocks of flats that didn’t need it, while ignoring repairs that need doing in individual homes. They have needlessly altered junctions of roads, causing massive delays during the process and leaving them more difficult for drivers to negotiate afterwards. They have replaced our lampposts, making them dangerously dim.
I asked Councillor John Booker to estimate how much the Council could save by not using PFIs and stopping outsourcing and subcontracting. Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, he informed me that working that out would be really complicated, but he gave me some figures.
Double glazing for a maisonette costs them £5,000 per window. Doors for flats cost £2,000 each, when purchasing them and having them fitted under a normal and sensible arrangement would cost £500 – £700 each. The rewiring of a small house could be done for £2,000 – £3,000 but costs the Council £10,000. Capita charge £5,000 for a router to be fitted, British Telecom have quoted the same service for £380. The Council overpaid Veolia £12m. They managed to get £6m back, but that means they still overpaid by £6m. John told me that Julie Dore announced that the Council would have to buy their way out of a contract, then paid millions for another one.
Dore’s shameless spin is nothing new for Labour. I attended a Council meeting in the public gallery to watch outnumbered UKIP Councillors propose the 1 motion every other month that Labour allow them to. I witnessed Labour blatantly hijack the motion. They even managed to insert a little anti-UKIP criticism. Since then Booker has informed me that this is “business as usual.” Paul Bisset, a former UKIP Councillor in Doncaster, said words to the same effect.
Stealing UKIP policies is a common tactic. Labour have recently advocated reclaiming homes which are deliberately kept vacant long-term. Do not be fooled into thinking that this is a new idea – it was a UKIP policy in our 2015 manifesto. They of course would not admit this. They cannot be seen to agree with UKIP as they like the electorate to believe that we are racist, which is merely 1 gossamer strand in Labour’s web of dishonesty.