Barlow's Beef: Cheshire East does exactly what it says on the tin


I was on holiday last week in one of Europe's sunnier isles. I'm not good at lying around the pool so decided to visit a local market renown for selling up-market products at knock-down prices.
Traders were vying with each other to prove the legitimacy of their designer brands sold for a fraction of the recommended retail price. Despite offering Rolex watches for as little as £40 and Ralph Lauren shirts for a tenner trade was rather slow.

I was attracted to one stall where a sizeable crowd gathered beguiled by one African trader who claimed: "Every item guaranteed 100 per cent genuine fake. All our Tiffany bracelets are genuine rolled gold. I should know I rolled 'em myself."

When asked if he took credit cards he replied to great amusement.

"Of course I take credit cards but you don't get 'em back."

At the end of his pitch customers flocked to buy his 'genuine' fakes. Obviously these customers could not complain of being misled.

It reminded me somewhat of our local elections in May since which I've received an avalanche of complaints from residents ranting against council policy and the perceived lack of democracy both outside and inside the town hall.

I simply don't get it.

There have been no surprises whatsoever. We knew precisely how this Tory council operated. As for our Leader his modus operandi has been clear from the start.

He dislikes indecisiveness and marches to the beat of his own drum and if he believes in something he will make it happen. Councillor Jones has been doing precisely that since the day he took office.

I haven't seen any councillors or senior officers fleeing from the town hall screaming 'foul!'

Councillor Jones and the Tories won the election by a landslide. Knowing precisely the track record of Mr Jones and his party voters flooded to the polling booths and pleaded for more.

It wasn't just the support of the Tory faithful Councillor Jones gained votes from every political spectrum.

And all we have discovered is that Tory led Cheshire East does exactly what it says on the tin. We got precisely what we voted for (please don't say you didn't vote Tory. In a democracy we live by majority rule and the majority wanted Councillor Jones and his style of Tory Leadership and ... got it.)

If anyone is culpable it is us the voters. There is no point blaming anyone but ourselves. It's called responsibility and this time that responsibility rests at our door.

Okay, if the streets aren't cleaned or the dustbins emptied we have a genuine complaint but the style and political persuasion of our Tory council was abundantly clear long before the election. No one who bothered to follow local politics thought this was regime would be a soft-shoe democracy.

Councillor Jones tied his flag to the mast from Day One. Tory councillors elected him as Leader and voters rushed to endorse him.

On April 21st in this very column I wrote the following:

You must decide if you want more of the same. Whatever they say going into an election these politicians are highly unlikely to change their ways.
We have no excuses. This is YOUR moment.

It's put-up or shut-up time!

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury... I rest my case.

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

Vic Barlow


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Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 20th October 2015 at 3:22 pm
Absolutely! Moans here when volunteers took over running of the local library. "There was no alternative" was the cry. I said, "yes there was; you could have voted for someone else". Answer-"ooh, we never thought of that!".