Sunday, 9 May 2010
some good news from Thursday
It is less good news that Reading Borough Council remains in no overall control with Labour the largest party. The corrupt little clique which has been pretending it has a democratic mandate is still there, with Salter apparently sitting in on its meetings. When Salter's best friend Howarth (prop. Public Impact Ltd, remember "Your better off with Labour"?) left the council he was rewarded with contracts for PR for the council's transport agenda, for whiich he had been lead councillor, and for other parts of the council's work. The council taxpayer of Reading is funding Howarth's business and lifestyle (gas-guzzling 4x4 cars, golfing holidays in Spain and so on) and Salter would like some of that. The current chief executive of Reading Borough Council, unlike the last one, the shamed Trish Haines, is neither corrupt nor the stooge of the Labour Group, but Salter is none the less never out of the Civic Offices, a place where he has, or should have, no business.
I was pleased to see Rob White elected in Park, if only because Basher has not been allowed back to punch the faces of those who disagree with him. But Rob, the Labour Group will turn on you. Do not let any soft words that are said to you lower your defences. Get your council mail posted to you, not left in the Civic Offices, or it will be opened and your constituency casework subverted. Be aware that your correspondence with council officers will be read by Lovelock and leaked to whoever she thinks needs to see it. If Labour retains the leadership of the council they will manufacture stories against you as they have done with others. Speak softly and carry a big stick.