Doncaster Mayor – another U-turn?

Compare what Davies said about job losses in the Council during the trainwreck that was his first broadcast interview :

TF: …one of the big things on your campaign was that you’re going to cut ‘PC jobs’.

PD: Oh yeah, that’s a different thing altogether, er-

TF: Which jobs are those?

PD: Well, er, I’m going to look into that. Things like Diversity Officers, er, the things that are usually advertised in the Manchester-, well, it’s not the Manchester Guardian now – in the Guardian…

TF: Right, so have-, so, so hang on, so so there are politically…

PD: I mean, I can’t give you a full list at the moment, but I will…

TF: But that’s what you put on your manifesto – you must have had an idea on your manifesto what you were talking about?

PD: Yeah, yeah, all these people who are, sort of, controlling thought processes and this sort of thing, and er, erm… every department is riddled with this sort of nonsense these days.

TF: So currently then, this morning, Doncaster Council is riddled with people who are, who are doing this kind of nonsense, ah… and they’re on notice, are they? People are going to lose their jobs?

PD: Er, very likely.

TF: But we don’t know who they are, yeah? But certainly Diversity Officers…

PD: Obviously I… I’m… well, that sort of thing, yes.

TF: So, the Diversity Officer who’s getting ready for work this morning at Doncaster might as well not bother?

PD: Well, he’s… he’s in employment at the moment…

TF: But he won’t be for long?

Then read this:

Peter Davies won a shock victory in Doncaster having campaigned on a radical manifesto that included a purge of “politically correct non-jobs” and the end to council-funded translation services.

But speaking to LGC (Local Government Chronicle) after meeting the new mayor for the first time, managing director Paul Hart said he had been able to reassure staff Mr Davies did not want to see a wave of job losses.

“He has strong views on certain issues but he is also pragmatic on what can be achieved,” Mr Hart said.

“He has been very clear that on staffing issues a lot of his comments have been misinterpreted by the media.

“He’s looking to work together with staff to improve services and utilise vacancies as they arise. The last thing he says he wants to do is put people out of work and into difficulties.”

  • So Peter the Punter promises job cuts in his manifesto
  • When faced by Toby Foster he says he’s still going ahead with the cuts – even with the first hint of a dawning realization that all may not be possible on Planet Davies
  • Then he shows a new found pragmatism and says he doesn’t want to put these people who are ‘controlling thought processes’ out of a job

‘Misinterpreted by the media’?


Read what he promised in his manifesto and listen to what he said to Toby Foster.

Davies is now backpedaling furiously.

It all sounds like another U-turn to me…

How long before he reneges on all his promises?

How long before the people who voted for Davies realize that they’ve been done up like a kipper?

UPDATE: I’ve just been accused of selectively quoting in this article in order to mislead readers by some clueless Neanderthal EDP moron* (who can’t even write his own fucking language properly) on the anti-Davies Facebook group.

I always try and provide links to the quotes so that readers can examine them in context and make up their own minds. I’m not like some people in the EDP who just expect you to roll over and swallow anything.

If I do edit quotes then it’s because I want to keep their size down to make the articles reasonably succinct and also it’s not always pertinent or relevant to quote the whole source – everyone does it, from humble bloggers to top Fleet Street journos.

*Yes, the twat really annoyed me – cretin…