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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Number 6 on April 21, 2019, 09:36:23 pm »
It is clear that this is now on an escalating trajectory. If allowed to continue it will not be pleasant. The powers that be need to wake up to the manipulation of our young people.


https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/27108/third-climate-protest-strikes-newbury.html
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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Number 6 on April 18, 2019, 08:51:58 am »
Indeed and its clear from the article below that they are still on their happy pills . Should the Lb Dems or even Labour by any chance unseat them would either hold a full and public audit of what's taken place over the past several years of mismanagement ? No, I thought not. They would not want to queer the pitch for themselves in power would they ? A curse on them all.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/27083/conservative-party-launch-manifesto-ahead-of-local-elections.html
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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Old Goat on April 17, 2019, 11:34:57 am »
Difficult to disagree with that!

It's quite sad really, because a good few good causes get hi-hacked by hard line political activists who then can, in their eyes at least, legitimise their own dogmas. So Trendy Wendy, Dim Tim, Mes Muddlehead et.al. can bring a bit of colour to their lives.  Excaserbated by our national dearth of good and effective leaders and dare I say, by the sole political focus on Brexit.  I dread to think what else has 'slipped the net' because of this.  Summing up, our politicians have stopped listening.

Locally, we have a wonderful example of why these frustrations are exploding.  Our Chief Executive makes snide comments about West Berkshire people failing to give up their cars, then just a few months later his Council presides over significant reductions to public transport bus services. 

Reap what we sow, and I'd put money on the result of the upcoming elections, the old gang will be back, light or dark blue.
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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Number 6 on April 15, 2019, 05:44:42 pm »
It looks like I was right about the intentions behind involving school children. Tomorrows anarchists being recruited today whilst officialdom stands idly by ? Our so called leaders are asleep at the wheel. Shameful.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47935416
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Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
« Last post by Number 6 on March 25, 2019, 09:55:29 am »
Incapable of running their own organisation can we expect good answers from our WBC scoundrels ? Their only answer - tax more !

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26895/district-council-challenged-over-climate-change-and-brexit.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Child abuse in schools
« Last post by Old Goat on March 24, 2019, 08:19:06 am »
Sorry, I believe one of our big problems today is that we have let our schools become an unqualified and misdirected arm of Social Services. 
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Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
« Last post by Old Goat on March 24, 2019, 08:15:54 am »
Simply unbelievable, words fail me. 

The bit I also have massive difficulties with is that our present Councillors, who have heard their CEO, give lame excuses time and again, for basic but serious clerical failures, yet say nothing, let alone impose any discipline. 

N.B. An election is in sight, has the CEO checked that the staff involved can count?

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Got something to say? / Re: Wasting taxpayers money
« Last post by Number 6 on March 20, 2019, 03:34:27 pm »
Oh dear. Now in commerce and industry heads at the top would definitely roll in very short order (or at least they used to in the days where accountability ruled) but I suspect other than some wringing of hands at the fact that their incompetence has been highlighted no further action will be taken. WBC has descended to the status of a Brian Rix farce.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26857/2-9m-adult-social-care-overspend-following-series-of-unfortunate-errors.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Problem, Reaction, Solution ?
« Last post by Old Goat on March 13, 2019, 08:45:09 am »
Classic!  'Not my fault Guv, it's the others'.

Discounting the LibDem everyone must cycle mantra, for decades, WBC has done nothing, absolutely nothing, even to try and reduce car use or poor lorry movements.  For most, cycling is not an option.  The district geography and elimination of school catchment areas also mitigate against cycling. So, what about public transport?  A subject on which WBC actually employs staff to look after.  What about detailled road design?  Again, WBC actually employ staff to do this! 

So, even me, just an untrained member of public can see our bus service is as expensive as it is inadequate.  Our roads, even new ones, are not even designed to take account of buses.  Equally, have you seen any bus stops with live information displayed?  We still have no bridge over the railway at Thatcham, no useful route from Hambridge road, no direct route from Basigstoke to A34..........

Oh, we can't spend the money we get from new developments for infrastructure can we?
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Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
« Last post by Old Goat on March 13, 2019, 08:23:06 am »
Its already here.

Two very frightening reports in NWN recently, which received scant attention.  Essentially the same type of violent, very nasty 'domestics'.  Men murdering their partners / girl friends and then claiming they had mental health issues, so couldn't remember / be held responsible.  Both were known to be violent.

Where have we failed?

-  'my kids are Gods' parenting
-  'no punishment' methods used in schools
-  closure of local courts
-  cessation of local press reporting local court results
-  cessation of beat policing and even the pale replacement wardens
-  legitimisation of lower category drugs, like cannabis
-  soft policing and management of presently relaxed licencing regulations.
-  .....and now the ability to blame all personal failings on 'mental health'

We reap what we sow.
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