Barlow's Beef: If you wanna be my council


So tell me what you want, what you really really want.
I'll tell you what I want what I really really want.

So tell me what you want, what you really really want.

I wanna really really really wanna more of the same.

That, my friends, is the message we sent to Cheshire East Council who, in another sweeping landside victory, increased their overall majority by a further two seats. Like Oliver we simply asked for more. Unlike Oliver we are going to get it in spade fulls.

Can we all now stop complaining and criticising Cheshire East? We had our chance to state what we thought of their performance and policies and the answer we gave was we didn't like them... we loved them. (Simon Cowell would be proud of us.)

Oh yes, and while we are on message, let us congratulate Council Leader Michael Jones who led the Tories to this stunning result despite the torrent of criticism (including plenty from me) plus a vote of no confidence from the opposition.

To be honest, I didn't anticipate this result. Obviously Councillor Jones did and he was right.

Alderley DID make a change electing their AlderleyEdgeFirst candidate to replace long-term Tory councillor Keegan and taking all seats on the Parish Council but any power shift within CEC was wiped out by other Tory gains.

Despite the protests, public meetings, action groups and scathing criticism when push came to shove we opted for more of the same. You cannot blame CEC for believing that whatever they do residents will return a Tory majority in a monkey see... monkey do repeat of the previous campaign.

Let's be grown up now about what we see around us and accept that WE made it happen. It isn't David Cameron, Michael Jones or the Lord High Executioner digging up the countryside for speculative development they have our mandate.

We had the option to reject their policies and we gave them a sweeping majority. The People have spoken (they may not have 'spoken' for you or me but they have spoken for the vast majority) and they want the same candidates from the same party to continue with the same policies. That's how democracy works.

When the election came we proved to be more Baby than Scary.

The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of

Barlow's Beef, Vic Barlow


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Ruth Norbury
Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 12:30 am
Hi Vic, as one of the AlderleyEdgeFIRST councillors, please accept my thanks for the name-check. We didn't expect this result, and we are obviously delighted with the level of support we got from the people of Alderley Edge.

We have a lot to live up to, and a good legacy from earlier councils to work with.

We have started small by tidying up planters and street furniture this evening on London Road, and shall be planting up tomorrow to make the Village look lovely for the May Fair Parade on Saturday.

Going 'big' comes next with signing of the Medical Centre contract documents, and we are confident that our collective experience will make good. We are all looking forward to the challenge. Wish us luck!
James Howard
Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 12:58 pm
Hey Vic - shouldn't that be "spades full?" Being a journalist I look to you to maintain standards! :)
Vic Barlow
Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 5:02 pm
I suspect 'diggers full' may be more accurate.