Politicians go for the comic approach

A menacing seagull. Do you think he should stand for election?

A menacing seagull. Do you think he should stand for election?

First published in The Source Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

IT'S a mucky job being a councillor in Worcester these days - in fact some of them tell me it's often like being crapped on from a great height.

Back after the summer recess, a pretty lively cross-party debate took place at the Guildhall on Wednesday night about that old chestnut, seagulls, and how to tackle it.

Over the last couple of years we've had city politicians suggest they be shot, but it's clear the current Tory leadership aims to inject some much-needed humour into this never-ending saga.

Councillor Andy Roberts, the latest man to hold the environmental brief, turned up clutching a bag of chocolate-covered 'seagull poo' all the way from Bridport, in Dorset, specially to pass around the table as a snack.

Squawk, crunch!

* THE Source loves hearing tales of where politicians holidayed this summer, as they don't half like to get about.

Rather than follow the crowd to the usual Med hotspots, Veteran Tory Councillor Bob Banks opted for Switzerland, where he says the weather was inexplicably cool, just like Blighty, and unlike many colleagues at County Hall is now without a tan.

Better opt for Egypt next year.

* COUNCILLORS often get fed up with the amount of red tape mired in the workings of local authorities, but they aren't alone.

Neil Anderson, the county council's cultural services and community boss, who is heading up the current project to recruit more volunteers, puts it perfectly.

"It's the worst thing about local government - the bureaucracy," he wails. Someone get that man a medal.

* AFFABLE Conservative Kit Taylor turned up at a county council scrutiny meeting this week sporting a wacky, part-red part multi-coloured tie, which got chins wagging as to his appearance.

"My daughter's accused me of dressing in the dark," he told people, although I've seen far worse efforts over the years.

To celebrate terrible ties, The Source suggests at the next full county council meeting all 57 politicians get dressed in the dark first thing.

It'd certainly up the fashion stakes.

* LAST WEEK we told you how Councillor David 'my castle' Hughes was refusing to return our calls about his much-criticised attempt to see 23 homes built on his land in Clay Green Farm, Alfrick.

He might not want to talk to us, but matters reached a head on Tuesday night when UKIP Councillor Mike Soley used a full council meeting to accuse Malvern Hill's leader of putting planning officers in an "intolerable position" and asked him to resign.

It's like watching a car crash, this one.

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6:55pm Sat 6 Sep 14

denon says...

Nice no mentioning Mr Amos , Mr Edwards

But on the tack of turncoats your readers might have liked to know that mr Soley who you highlight as being a paragon of virtue was elected as a Conservative and then became a Ukiper. He is of the same ilk as mr Amos a turncoat and should be reviled just as much as Amos.

I told you to research those you hold in esteem after you faux pas about Mr Imray, you haven't learnt yet Mr Edwards. Who will you put on a pedestal next only for me to reveal their dark secrets?
Nice no mentioning Mr Amos , Mr Edwards But on the tack of turncoats your readers might have liked to know that mr Soley who you highlight as being a paragon of virtue was elected as a Conservative and then became a Ukiper. He is of the same ilk as mr Amos a turncoat and should be reviled just as much as Amos. I told you to research those you hold in esteem after you faux pas about Mr Imray, you haven't learnt yet Mr Edwards. Who will you put on a pedestal next only for me to reveal their dark secrets? denon
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7:14pm Sat 6 Sep 14

3thinker says...

denon wrote:
Nice no mentioning Mr Amos , Mr Edwards

But on the tack of turncoats your readers might have liked to know that mr Soley who you highlight as being a paragon of virtue was elected as a Conservative and then became a Ukiper. He is of the same ilk as mr Amos a turncoat and should be reviled just as much as Amos.

I told you to research those you hold in esteem after you faux pas about Mr Imray, you haven't learnt yet Mr Edwards. Who will you put on a pedestal next only for me to reveal their dark secrets?
But he didn't highlight Mr Soley as a paragon of virtue. Tom Edwards only pointed out that Cllr Soley had accused Cllr Hughes of putting planning officers in an intolerable position. Which is probably factually correct.

What is such a pity is that the decent councillors of all parties that we do have in Worcester and the County are being tarnished by the unprincipled actions of the few who appear hell bent on gaining or retaining power at any cost. Alan Amos is obviously the most recent example.
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Nice no mentioning Mr Amos , Mr Edwards But on the tack of turncoats your readers might have liked to know that mr Soley who you highlight as being a paragon of virtue was elected as a Conservative and then became a Ukiper. He is of the same ilk as mr Amos a turncoat and should be reviled just as much as Amos. I told you to research those you hold in esteem after you faux pas about Mr Imray, you haven't learnt yet Mr Edwards. Who will you put on a pedestal next only for me to reveal their dark secrets?[/p][/quote]But he didn't highlight Mr Soley as a paragon of virtue. Tom Edwards only pointed out that Cllr Soley had accused Cllr Hughes of putting planning officers in an intolerable position. Which is probably factually correct. What is such a pity is that the decent councillors of all parties that we do have in Worcester and the County are being tarnished by the unprincipled actions of the few who appear hell bent on gaining or retaining power at any cost. Alan Amos is obviously the most recent example. 3thinker
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9:03pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Norman Hepple says...

3thinker I think you and Denon between you are saying the same thing. Denon is a bit more vindictive than you. The problem is journalists on local papers don't have a long stay so cannot have the past knowledge of interesting characters .

I feel sorry for Tom he has a wide ranging reporting brief without the resources.
3thinker I think you and Denon between you are saying the same thing. Denon is a bit more vindictive than you. The problem is journalists on local papers don't have a long stay so cannot have the past knowledge of interesting characters . I feel sorry for Tom he has a wide ranging reporting brief without the resources. Norman Hepple
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4:41pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Tom Edwards says...

Dear 'Denon',

As you have brought up this imaginary Ian Imray 'faux pas' for a second time, I would like to point out that it was me, as the WN's political reporter, who reported his departure from Worcester City Council just over seven years ago and the circumstances around it. Therefore I am very familiar with it, I first started reporting on politics in Worcestershire at the WN in 2005 so I have a deep knowledge of many politicians around the county both past and present.

So when you say 'do some research' I find it somewhat ironic, perhaps you should do some before claiming to reveal 'dark secrets'.

Likewise, Cllr Soley's switch from the Conservatives to UKIP has been in the public domain for a long time and where you get the idea I have put him on a pedestal, I do not know.

Regards,
Tom Edwards.
Dear 'Denon', As you have brought up this imaginary Ian Imray 'faux pas' for a second time, I would like to point out that it was me, as the WN's political reporter, who reported his departure from Worcester City Council just over seven years ago and the circumstances around it. Therefore I am very familiar with it, I first started reporting on politics in Worcestershire at the WN in 2005 so I have a deep knowledge of many politicians around the county both past and present. So when you say 'do some research' I find it somewhat ironic, perhaps you should do some before claiming to reveal 'dark secrets'. Likewise, Cllr Soley's switch from the Conservatives to UKIP has been in the public domain for a long time and where you get the idea I have put him on a pedestal, I do not know. Regards, Tom Edwards. Tom Edwards
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