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…

EDP update…and is the Doncaster Mayor at the races?

In between wondering how Peter the Punter is getting on at Doncaster Races this weekend (if he’s gone) and whether he will back Spitfire (as advised by top turf tipster Honest SteveShark) and save the Council*, I am able to report that the English Democrats Party now has a new forum – many thanks to Mr Rob for this info.

It’s very quiet in there at the moment, but it’s very new and I’m guessing that the old regulars haven’t worked up sufficient zealous frothing to really make an impression yet.

It should be a good source of intelligence – as in information, not brainpower! – for those wishing to fill in what the EDP manifesto doesn’t tell you and discover what some of those ‘at the top’ really think.

*If Spitfire wins and Davies has put a few bob on it then I will be severely pissed off!

UPDATE: Phew! Spitfire was a non-runner. That means that 1) Peter the Punter will arrive for work tomorrow shirtless, 2) the Council budget will have been blown on a duff nag or 3) it’ll be the Racing Post on his desk as usual.

My money’s on option number 3…

For all the EDP stooges


Doncaster Free Press – new mayor story

I wonder if this story will provoke over 360 comments like the last one about Peter the Punter Davies did?

I notice that the EDP are on there SHOUTING as usual.

Please tell them it’s annoying and that it makes them sound demented…don’t tell them your real name if they ask and you’re using a nick…oh, and watch out for them mentioning ‘libel’…

Don’t give them the satisfaction of joining in with their little mind games.

All comments, as ever, are welcomed.

The new Mayor of Doncaster – good news for lawyers?

This is from the English Democrats section of the British Democracy Forum.

It’s written by someone who I believe is representing the English Lobby.

(The English Lobby is sort of the legal arm of several organizations – including the EDP which, of course, is Davies’ party – and they appear to like taking people to court.)

Regarding Davies the BDF poster says:

The joy of his position is that, having been lawfully elected, he can implement what he perceives to be reasonable and lawful safe in the knowledge that, in addition to being indemnified, he can face, armed with public funds, any PC clever-clogs who challenges him in the courts. Whether or not he loses, he can bring into stark relief all the unwanted encumbrances so enthusiastically dumped on the citizens of Doncaster and elsewhere in England.

Note the cavalier fashion with which Doncaster’s community charge payers are viewed.

An assumption is made that they will fund legal battles in court regarding matters of EDP principle and because it’s not party money then it doesn’t matter if  Davies loses because it will still publicise the EDP’s causes.

How is that going to help Doncaster if all the thousands of pounds saved by Peter the Punter the mayor cutting services and sacking workers ends up in the pockets of lawyers?

More Doncaster mayoral follies exposed

More great stuff from Welcome to the North!

Another in the ‘Mayorwatch’ series which closely examines exactly which of Peter the Punter’s the new Doncaster Mayor’s promises he may be able to keep, and thus how much egg is going to end up on his face after a few months in office.

By the way, some people are hotlinking to the mp3 of Davies’ Radio Sheffield interview – now an internet classic – which is rather naughty. If you don’t know what hotlinking is then you’re almost certainly not guilty of it but if you do and you’re one of those hotlinking, please respect Welcome to the North’s bandwidth and stop it, please.