Nick Wallis' blog, Labour Councillor for Haughton & Springfield ward and Cabinet Member for Leisure & Local Environment on Darlington Borough Council.
The Mail on Sunday...so what? Your nulabour house journal, presumably. My, what has the world come to when a member of Labour's National Policy Forum relies on the Mail group of newspapers for his campaign ideas and for justification of his polemic (look it up, Mike) against the Lib Dems?Still, I see from your profile you're no longer a "down to earth socialist". No doubt as I type this you're already scanning the pages of the Mail on Sunday to find some new initiatives to foist on your unsuspecting electorate.
"the truth...": the Mail's only top if you click on UK sites only.However, this does give me the excuse to share the following with you, from the owner of a website who thought Nick was a Conservative Councillor:25 February, 2003TOPOGRAPHY: Bristol, an exchangeWith Cllr Nick WallisOur local government correspondent, Dr Noel Lackland, in the course of a discussion of the telluric qualities of contemporary county governance, made some contentious remarks about the City of Bristol. We are happy to publish the following exchange in an effort to clarify this important question.Cllr Nick Wallis: I have recently read your stimulating piece regarding the county map of England.Forgive me if thousands of irate Bristolians have already contacted you, but Bristol was a City and County prior to reorganisation. Granted this status by a hard-up Edward III in 1373 in return for 600 marks, it was a badge felt keenly by Bristolians up to and after Walker's reforms which ushered in Avon. Although now in self-imposed exile in the northeast, I have been somewhat surprised that the City Council hasn't made more of the return of its old titles in its promotional literature since gaining unitary status — after all, most county boroughs, such as Darlington where I am, were denied the return of their old title. Perhaps this underlines the extent to which people have moved on, and are prepared to consider new models which better reflect current economic realities.What the current patchwork of historic 'counties' and administrative arrangements has to offer the 21st century is anyone's guess. Personally, I favour the regional model, with a tier of all-purpose unitaries underneath, but I suspect that we may disagree on this point . . . Dr Lackland replies: How amazing! How simply marvellous, my entire life’s work has not yet been in vain! A councillor, a councillor sound enough to read ERO and, moreover, to read it in a constructive frame of mind. Doesn’t it just make you think that there is hope for real Toryism in local government still? As did I, to the point of drafting the following paragraph in my response:“It is encouraging to find that an organ as consistently conservative as ERO is being read by at least one Tory Councillor. Much as you are correct to assume that I wholly disagree with your views on regional government, you are clearly in general that rarest of creatures: a ‘Tory Councillor’ who thinks like a Tory (read that carefully and you will find not one but two gifts which distinguish you from most of your colleagues). I look forward to the day when Darlington's citizens elect a Tory council to do Tory things and, unlike just about everywhere else where voters have been so deluded, they actually get their wish beyond polling day.”If you did think this, forget it. The above paragraph must be lost to eternity. Having done my homework, I discover from the Darlington Council website that Mr. Wallis is a Labour councillor, a Labour councillor (sorry, I’m having a mild Kinnock moment)."
That article is a joke, who in their right minds would vote Libdem if thats what they propose to do, a slap on the wrist and say your sorry.We are well past the sorry's with the youth of today.The Birch is what they need.
As I have said before the sad delusional behaviour of this bloke is there for all to see.MEP? Muppet more likely...........
"My, what has the world come to when a member of Labour's National Policy Forum relies on the Mail group of newspapers for his campaign ideas and for justification of his polemic (look it up, Mike) against the Lib Dems?"This 'down to earth socialist' was never anything of the sort.Middle class apologist for this bordering on fascist government more like.Taking his allowances and sending his children to private schools whilst Darlington fails to ensure children at Haughton are even put in for exams to ensure they can go to Sixth form college.Living the life of ease on public money on his little estate in Great ......... when his 'constituents' suffer the degradations DBC have imposed on them.If you had any integrity, Nick you would resign.But never mind, just wait until you will be consigned to the scrap heap when the electorate vote you out.....At least you will get the pension you voted yourself along with the severance package.........
*Sigh* If you simply enter the words (no speech marks or the like) the top article is my blog entry on the Lib Dems promoting grafitti lessons amongst the young in Newcastle.Never mind...And Mike - the Electric Review disappeared years ago, but not that ruddy piece from Noel Lackland, more's the pity. In my defence, he only thought I was a Tory in regard to my strongly-held views on County/Borough structures.
NickAre you not Tory?
Hi Nick,I’ve seen it all now; what exactly does it prove, how google search works or how you continue to attempt to throw stones from your glass house?Try typing “Labour overspend” into google or if you want any of these specific Darlington searches “Darlington labour don't listen” or “Darlington labour arrogance” or “Darlington labour overspend” Nick, note how the search engine links the words with a plus mark & sometimes uses % to denote a wildcard search, you could try labour incompetence, labour violence etc.I off now knowing that my work is done, anybody typing labour overspend into google sees your name in the story………………………………………..Pathetic!
Thanks "The truth is out there - not!", but Nick taught me the meaning of the word 'polemic' a year or so ago, after I unwittingly wrote one.
Google can answer all your important questions: can I ride my bike in the Pedestrian Heart?I'm pretty certain that I could "own" the search results for any Darlington-based term. Any suggestions?:)
I think he now post stuff to simply provoke a reaction because the stuff he does post is so preposterous.Which recently retired Council officer were they setting up to take the flack for the Tesos fiasco????Answers on a post card .......Then which one were they setting up to take the flack for the road problems????Not Teflon Wallis........?
Cllr Swansong said.......Just where is Cllr. Swansong these days he is spotted less in Hurworth than a Policeman!He no longer attends his surgery or Parish meeetings, he never returns phone calls or e-mails.Here we are in Hurworth spending money on on resident and bugger the rest where are you fighting for us the other 5,000 people in the village we are not getting thousands of pounds of tax payers money wasted on us, we have not even got the bus shelter replaced at the Spar shop yet (granted that I believe is DBC) but you are a ghost of your former self to your electorate, yet you find time to post here, I am curious, please explain.
Steady now, MiM - Cllr. Swainston isn't famous for his laid-back, breezy sense of humour. As he wasn't at Cabinet (AGAIN), I was simply grateful to learn that he's still with us, and hasn't been knifed in the back as LibDems are wont to do with their leaders.Simply to help, and to make up for the LibDem inactivity on the bus shelter issue, I've contacted the officers and asked for an update on this issue. I've been told that the shelter will be replaced, but that there will be consultation with the parish council and local residents first, to determine what kind of shelter will go in place of the one which has been removed.Depending on what kind of shelter is selected, will determine how long it takes to install the replacement.Trust this is helpful!
CONSULTATION in Hurworth 90% of the Parish Council at present are to busy rolling over for a neighbour and don't know any longer what CONSULTATION means any more!Could you please send instructions for them via the Clerk ;)
"martin is missing"There has been no inactivity on the bus-shelter issue. Following the tragic event which led to its removal, i understand the pc is to be given a selection of styles to choose from. Hopefully one will be suitable for its conservation area location. A simple call to the PC Clerk would have told you that.As for lack of consultation in the village, anybody with any sort interest at all could avail themselves of the facts you alude to. Instead you choose to believe completely misleading comments on the appropriatley named TownLiar and the so-called petition. In fact there were several petition sheets, all with different headings. The ones signed by the vast majority of those who signed (about 80 of the 130 odd signatures i beleive) asked that Grange land should not be "handed over."(On your figure of 5000 residents that makes it 1.6% of Hurworths population- remind me, how many weeks did it take to collect so few names?)At any rate, as no land is to be "handed over" (again one call to the clerk to clarify) it just illustrates the competence of those who dispute the pc decision.At least with this decision, the PC has retained complete control of the fence and the land on which it stands, thus allowing any future pc to reconsider this issue.If this "upset resident" is so upset why did he/she not put themselves forward for the pc at the recent bye-election? (perhaps he/she did?)instead they choose to abuse VOLUNTEER cllrs on the TownLiar who are tasked with attmepting to protect the interest of all residents of the village.
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