No one seems to be surprised at the expressions of dissatisfaction manifested by the British electorate in the recent county council local elections – except the pundits who seemed not to have expected the British public’s backlash to be so swingeing.
It’s about time the politicians realised people are sick of broken promises. The dictates for the EU and the USA are of little significance to ordinary people who care about their families and what is happening to their communities.
Having lived abroad for a few years, I know that we attach too much importance to the views of those who have come to our country, sick of their own, yet seeking to impose their culture as well as their views on us. We don’t want it. They are welcome as long as they obey our laws and our way of life. Our politicians need to understand this.
I confess, in my local elections, I voted against the incumbent counciller who seemed to be sitting rather too comfortably among the laurel leaves crowning her original play for the seat when she promised to work for the people in her ward, and we believed her.
This promise was quickly forgotten when the incumbent leader of the council was also re-elected, and her seemingly unassailable position ensured she was also in a position to dole out favours in the form of committee chairmanships, with their commensurate increase in annual emoluments, to those who promised to toe the line set by her and her protege, the chief executive. It soon became obvious that those who wanted to increment their already over-inflated salaries and tax-free expenses, would do well to toe that line, and sit tight – so as not to rock the boat.
Given the parlous state of the economy in Wales and Britain, it is no wonder that people have decided to protest in the only way left to them, since free-speech all but disappeared under the last Labour Government, and has been further eroded by the current coalition in tandem with the near fascist lot at the EU.
Sadly, in a manner typical of Welsh leming-mentality, the people have opted for the party that brought about the current disaster, and failed, yet again, to look at facts and weigh up the consequences.
I am reminded of the man in the Ammanford hinterland who, interviewed by Ed Sturton for the BBC’s Today Programme some years ago on the morning of a General Election, stated, ‘My grandfather voted Labour; my father voted Labour; so I’ve always voted Labour.’
A friend listening with me commented, ‘That’s the kind of man who would vote for a donkey if it had a Labour hat on its head.’