Tory Councillor Jokes About Punching Residents During Planning Meeting

The Conservative leader of the opposition in Hyndburn has been forced to apologise after making an ill-judged joke about potentially wanting to “clock a few” local residents during a planning application meeting. Discussing one upcoming application, she told the 200-strong room:

“…a public meeting for all the residents so that they can have a good old barny with them and if you want, clock a few.

Residents of the St Oswald’s ward were up in arms about the comments and accused Marlene of endorsing violence…

Despite it obviously being a joke, Marlene has now apologised for her comments, telling residents on Facebook that she would “never endorse violence against any elected representative or public servant as I find this abhorrent, and those who give their lives to public service should be able to do it safely.” Guido’s sure plenty of fellow local councillors will be all-too familiar with Marlene’s planning woes…

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£114 Million Lost By Council-Owned Energy Firms

A Taxpayers’ Alliance report reveals that eight taxpayer funded, council owned energy firms have lost a combined total of £114,022,019 over four years. This is unsurprisingly what happens when councils try and run energy companies, shopping centres or anything that would be better run at the risk of the private sector…

Bristol City Council lost the most, an eye-watering £46 million through their energy company BE 2020 limited which is now in liquidation. Nottingham City council lost a staggering £23 million on their inappropriately named company Robin Hood Energy – that works out at taking some £200 out of the pockets of each ratepayer. Portsmouth council’s Victory Energy Supply Ltd is also in administration after losing over £3.2 million. Less than half of council owned energy companies have made any profit in four years…

John O’Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said:

“The rising cost of living is an understandable concern to many households, and the failures of these energy firms leave locals with the double whammy of rocketing bills and council tax hikes. Local authorities must avoid experimenting in the energy market and focus on keeping council tax down.”

Councils should not try to compete with the private sector, they don’t have the skills and they certainly don’t have the right to risk ratepayers money.

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Tory Led Council Apologises for ‘London’s Worst Tourist Attraction’

The boss behind the £2 million Marble Arch Mound that closed after just 2 days to everyone except those who had bought a ticket in advance, has admitted that the council made a mountainous mistake. Members of the public have been heaping on the criticism…

The council promised that the mound would offer “an experience of the great outdoors” with sweeping views of central London. Instead visitors, who paid £8 each to climb the mound, were greeted with muddy turf, views of scaffolding, and a line of rubbish bins. According to visitors, the views were hideously unbe-leaf-able … 

Stuart Love, the Chief Executive of the Tory led council who earns a staggering £210,000 per year said:

“We made a mistake and we apologise to everyone who hasn’t had a great experience on their visit.” 

The Dutch architects who created the mound urged Londoners to “give nature time”. Guido suspects that it will take a lot of time to fix this mess…

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Councillor Distances Himself From “Inappropriate’ Children’s Event

Labour councillor Jas Athwal has distanced himself from the Redbridge Library Summer Reading Challenge after they used taxpayers money to hire a naked monkey with a massive dildo to perform for children. This idea from the Labour run council clearly flopped…  

On Friday night Jas tweeted:

“This is disgusting. I have taken immediate action. Upon finding out, I contacted Vision [and they] confirmed that the contract has been cancelled, an apology is sought in the first instance and an explanation will be scrutinised by the council’s legal team.”

Though Redbridge library have now apologised for the “inappropriate” costume, they commented “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” on social media earlier in the day. They also apparently blocked concerned constituents and labelled them “lecturing Johnny come latelys'”. Redbridge council spent the day rubbing its constituents the wrong way… 

Vision RCL – who arranged the event – reportedly received £740,000 as part of the government’s cultural recovery fund. Guido doesn’t understand why the government is monkeying around with taxpayer’s money…

UPDATE: Wes Streeting voices his deep concern about the events and the costume, and asks how “anyone involved – including your staff – thought that a costume described by one national journalist – with depressing accuracy – as a ‘Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey’ was appropriate for family audiences around our libraries and public realm, let alone a festival aimed at promoting literacy amongst children.”

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