Thursday, 7 October 2010

A party where everyone matters

There are signs when you come into Lancashire that tell you that it is a place where everyone matters. I always blow a sigh of relief when I see this sign as I am so pleased to leave a place where some people don't matter. Sometimes headlines or signs don't actually have much meaning.

There is a row in Morecambe that I wrote about on the 23rd September. It concerns the allegation of bullying by six Morecambe Bay Independent councillors in Morecambe in relation to the former town clerk. Well the row rumbles on. This week there is a letter in the local paper from the former leader of this party who made the allegation. I don't want to go over old ground so this time I will highlight that her membership was terminated. She was expelled "from the Morecambe Bay Independents". She makes other points to defend her position and concludes that the six councillors who are the at the centre of the row have misused the report from the Standards for England. "This report is confidential and must not be disclosed".

She claims to have caught them out there but only recipients of the report will know. Why does she want this whole sorry story to continue? There is a by-election tomorrow in Morecambe and the leaflet from the Morecambe Bay Independents claims that if you are sick of party politics you should vote for them. Should that read "don't vote" for them? They also claim to put "people before politics". I'm glad they do because I'd hate to read about them if they didn't. Some political claims are as meaningful as Lancashire being a place where everyone matters.

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