I THOUGHT I’d heard it all politically, but Councillor Lewis Rose’s appeal to local people to rally against Tory Government cuts has left me bewildered and amazed.
For years he and his local party have supported and helped this so-called Government get into power, knowing full well what their policy was towards public spending – cuts, cuts and more cuts. Then when it finally hits home that it may affect his own back yard, he has the front to ask for ‘support and understanding.’
The fact he has had to do this ‘for the first time in 40 years’ is a grave indication to his fellow party members of how precarious their situation is.
For too long they have held the financial reins within the Dales and overseen (quietly) cut after cut to local services, reductions in house building, increases in charges and so on, and have been comfortable in the sure and certain knowledge that their future election was pretty much a given.
This appeal appears to indicate that all is not well locally or nationally.
Indeed, I cannot put it any better than the Tory politician Harold Macmillan did in 1960 when he said: “The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.
“We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it.”
Macmillan couldn’t possibly have forseen the level of incompetence that this Government has shown, but I’d like to bet that he for one would be having some sharp words for the current leader and possibly our local MP and cabinet member Patrick McLoughlin, who is party to these decisions on cuts.
Look towards your party, Councillor Rose – appeal to them!
ANDREW WHITE, CAVENDISH DRIVE