On page 10 of the latest Waltham Forest News are pictures of all of Waltham Forest’s Councillors by ward and political party. The red line around High Street Councillor, Mahmood Hussain, seems to suggest he has defected from the Liberal Democrats to the Labour Party.
In response to the Waltham Forest Guardian’s website article former councillor, James O’Rourke, says of his former ‘colleague’, The Scarlet Pimpernel, whose defection we predicted seven months ago:
The irony of Khan’s defection is not lost on me given that he and his lemming cronies – Wheatley, Ahmed, Hussain, Meiszner et al – kicked me out of the Liberal Democrats last June for speaking out against their ‘questionable practices’ of deselecting three prominent and competent sitting Councillors in favour of a candidate who had not been approved for a target seat.
As for Khan’s statement that “will continue to work for our community in Waltham Forest” I wish the Labour party the best of luck. When he and I were Councillors in High Street ward he did sod all.
Cllr Sullivan is clearly (we understand one of Keith Rayner’s favorite words!) in denial. There are likely to be more defections to Labour because stronger rumours continue to circulate that two of Cllr Sullivan’s councillor colleagues are still in talks with the Labour party – one of whom was the running mate of Khan and O’Rourke in the May 2010 local elections.
It seems the Liberal Democrats are in free-fall, both locally and nationally, without parachutes!
The latest tranche of local Labour cuts, led by Cllr Chris ‘Strong Leader’ Robbins, will have a negative impact on the homeless, mentally ill, disabled, elderly and vulnerable young a Council report admits after they make hundreds of support staff redundant.
Robbins and his Labour cronies argues it has no choice as the Government moves to the budget deficit quickly.
Cllrs Bob Sullivan and Matt Davies’ Coalition Government argues that the former Labour Governments mishandling of the UK’s finances has led them to inflicting cuts Mrs Thatcher ‘could only have dreamt of’.
It seems it is the task of the weakest to protect the banks, politicians, and millionaires. The rich people of the UK must NOT be made to suffer. These cuts HAD to be made and it is only fair that the weakest should suffer the most. This is the nature of our current politics: the Masses suffer so that a rich minority can prosperously live glorious lives.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
It seems Lib Dems throughout the country, particularly those facing local elections this May, are bailing out of the Party.
The strong rumours, recently reported on this site, of Lib Dem Councillors in talks with the Labour Party have been strongly denied by their ‘Leader’, Cllr Bob Sullivan. So far three Lib Dem Councillors have denied bailing out. That still leaves the other three.
Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats mortally wounded by the shenanigans of the Scarlet Pimpernel and his Walthamstow cronies have been dealt another blow.
A seperate senior Labour source has confirmed that the former Liberal Democrat leader, Keith Rayner, and his side kick, Johar Khan, have officially joined the Labour Party in Waltham Forest.
Although yet to be substantiated it is also rumoured that two current Liberal Democrat Councillors are in secret talks with the Labour Party.
If liberty and equality are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
A rushed Labour Cabinet decision provides an interesting insight into the three Waltham Forest political Parties’ attitudes to democracy.
Labour – Cllr Marie Pye, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Development, submits a last minute report to Cabinet on 10th November asking the Council Leader, Cllr Chris Robbins, to treat it as an urgent item of business.
The report to replace Community Councils with Ward Forums was unanimously agreed by the Labour oligarchy.
The rush to get this report agreed seems to be to ensure financial savings of £151k each year starting from January 2011. Yet Pye is happy to reduce the savings by £26,947.50 to provide officer support and training for Councillors to manage public meetings during a nine month implementation of Ward Fora!!!
Pye insisted the decision had nothing to do with saving money, but was motivated by a desire to improve the system of accountability.
Whilst Community Councils could be cumbersome members of the public were able to influence Councillors who ultimately and legally made the decisions. Under Pye’s new ‘Community Engagement’ strategy Councillors, we have elected to make decisions on our behalf, have had their decision making powers stripped from them and given to a Council officer under delegated powers.
The proposed Community Ward Fora will not be formal council
committees under the Local Government Act 1972 or area committees under section 18, Local Government Act 2000 or the 1990 Regulations. The meetings cannot have decision making powers but may recommend proposals to the officer with delegated powers. The executive may delegate authority for the ward budgets to an officer of the Council under the executive arrangements in Part 2 of the Local Government Act 2000. The officer must make decisions based on all the relevant factors and it is lawful for the officer with delegated powers to take into account the views of the Forum as one of those factors. However, the views of community fora or individual members cannot be the determining factor in or predetermine the officer’s decision (para 7.2.3 of Pye’s report).
Conservatives – No public statement to date!
Liberal Democrats – Eight days after the Labour Cabinet decision Leader of the Lib Dems, Cllr Bob Sullivan, accuses them of trying to “muzzle” residents by scrapping community councils. The Truth Will Out team have news for you Cllr Sullivan. Labour are not trying to muzzle residents. Labour have muzzled residents and Councillors.
Waltham Forest’s Labour oligarchy who believes that power, wealth and opportunity should be in the hands of the many, not the few (Clause IV of the British Labour Party constitution) have, ironically, used democracy to destroy democracy.
The Conservatives’ silence indicates that they are unable to be a credible opposition or simply don’t care. Leader of the Conservatives, Cllr Matt Davies, and Chair of the Council’s Scrutiny Management Committee didn’t attend the Cabinet meeting neither, it seems, did he arrange for a substitute to attend in his absence.
The Lib Dems entering the argument after the event, as usual, when Labour’s proposal has been in the public domain for over two weeks shows they too are not a credible opposition.
Waltham Forest Council is made up of 60 Councillors (Lab:36, Con:18 & LD:6) yet only 8 of them make all the decisions. Pye and her 7 Labour Cabinet cronies have stripped the last vestiges of decision making from the remaining 52 Councillors. So what is the point of having them and paying them, collectively, £546,000 in basic allowances?
“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’. The three main political Parties are out of touch so let’s call for a change in our political system which represents all within our community.
The Truth Will Out team demands Cllr Ali earns his allowance, provided by us tax payers, and publicly report what he has done as a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to get these vital assets back.
Now let’s wait for the deathly silence.