I heard from a young lad the other day who told me that his parents had asked him what he wanted most of all for Christmas. They said whatever he wanted; they'd make sure he got it. So, after giving it serious thought, he’d asked them for a new bike.

That was over 2 years ago he said, but so far there’s still no sign of his bike!

He told me that after months of pleading as to when his new bike would materialise; and despite their constant reassurance that he was going to get one, they told him that the delay was because they couldn’t decide what kind of bike to get him.

His Mum told him that a BMX was too dangerous and that he should have one with stabilisers.

However, he said his Dad thought that was rubbish and said that his Mother is just mollycoddling him.

Apparently, it’s now got so bad that they are both up night after night arguing about it.

When he complained about the situation, they said that when he chose to have a new bike, he had no idea what he was asking for, or how extremely difficult it would be to get a bike that satisfied them both.

They now say that it might not be possible to get me a bike, but they are thinking about giving me a second chance to choose my present.

I hate having politicians for parents.



Last Friday afternoon, we are told that hundreds, if not thousands of students and their teachers abandoned their classes and who took to the streets of towns and cities to protest over the threat posed by climate change.

Admiral one might say, others would advocate that lessons on the subject and the remedies thereof should  be left in the classroom rather than knocking off school and wandering around the town centres shouting slogans?

One teacher is reported to have said, " Students should be equipped with a wealth of knowledge, and an understanding of how to use their voices effectively, in order to effect social and political change."
Very profound words, But did you notice how this teacher slipped in the words, 'political change'?
You have to hand it to them; the Lefties now have the situation well and truly sown up, hence the bunking off school for what are really political reasons. This is now not only permitted but, actively encouraged.
It makes you wonder, just what or who is really behind these so called ‘students’ protests. Whichever and whoever it is, it's a disgusting display of the faltering modern education system.

Just look again at the footage and listen to the chant they were shouting as they paraded past Downing Street, and tell me what ““One Two Three Four, Theresa May’s a f***ing wh*re.” got to do with climate change?

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but this demonstration, with the well reasoned arguments being chanted by these young people; who have clearly matured beyond their years, has now fully converted me over to the cause of the climate alarmism. Not!

So, Cllr Taylor ...here lies the answer to reducing the voting age!





If proof were needed that there's a lot of folk in the wrong job pretending to do stuff they're incapable of doing... this ‘tweet’ must rank very near the top of the list!

Conservative MP Scott Mann, who represents North Cornwall, wrote on Twitter: “Every knife sold in the UK should have a GPS tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns.”

According to official figures, last year, 21,484 offences of possessing or making threats with blades or offensive weapons resulted in a conviction or caution.

However, even if it was possible for the government to actually ‘chip’ knives; with an estimated 300million ‘knives’ in households throughout the UK, how many extra resources would be needed to monitor the movement of these knives?

This idiotic ‘tweet’ has demonstrated that much of today’s penchant for self-indulgent, ill-thought communication is majoritively shallow and non-reflective. Even amongst politicians!

The fact that this laughable "politician" draws a salary and huge expenses from the public purse is scandalous!



Has there ever been another time in living memory when politicians have been so ­spectacularly out of touch with public sentiment - or so ­sinisterly cavalier about overriding the democratic wishes of the people, than what we have now?

At the 2016 EU referendum; a total of 17.4million — the largest voting bloc in British ­electoral history — voted for a clean exit from the EU.

Locally in Tameside, the electorate also voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU and take back control from Brussels. A total of 61.6% (67,829) voted in favour of leaving the union, with just 38.9% (43,118) opting to stay in.

Ironically, throughout the United Kingdom last year, MPs celebrated the 100th anniversary of women and working class men getting the vote. This year, they are using their privileged political positions to overthrow ­something that the majority of British people voted for.

The hypocrisy is staggering.

Whether it’s Europhile Tories or Labour remainers, SNP and Lib Dem MPs who have long loathed the idea of Brexit, or the Green’s, we are now faced with an army of parliamentarians who, pursuing their own agendas, plan to knock down any deal so they can set about knocking down Brexit!

Despite their ‘weasel words’ it has become quite clear just what our parliament really thinks of democracy and their attitude to carrying out the wishes of the majority has been spectacularly exposed by their reaction to the vote for British independence. The current problem is that with almost one-fifth of our politicians being lawyers and the majority of the rest being career politicians, there are clear conflicts of interest which come to the forefront as they cleverly exploit any given situation to further their own political benefits.

We should all now remind our 3 local MP’s (Jonathan Reynolds, Angela Rayner and Andrew Gwynne) who all voted to remain in the EU, that their function first and foremost is to represent our interests and concerns in the House of Commons. If they do not vote to implement the will of the majority, then I fear that the anger that will be unleashed could be calamitous for parliamentary democracy.

It is a shaming situation in which this formerly great country finds itself and I have little doubt we have now become a laughing stock across Europe and the rest of the world.




Well here we go again. Tameside council is once again blatantly screwing more money out of the pockets of the public to fill a financial black hole that they alone have created!

Council Tax Bills are set to rise yet again this year by at least £59 for Tameside residents as town hall chiefs desperately fire-fight to fill a funding black hole.

We should not be surprised; as the career councillor John Taylor confirmed recently when trying unsuccessfully to justify the councils latest faux pas, which cost taxpayers over £30,000 - ‘sometimes our policies and schemes work and sometimes they don’t. But if councillors had to pay for their blunders personally, you wouldn’t get anyone to stand!’
And that write off was a mere fraction of the millions the council have wasted over the last year or so in fending off the fallout from the collapse of Carillion, which included a massive £52,000 a week in management fees to liquidating giant PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry on providing the school services - on top of the weekly bill of £219,000.

That’s what happens when you outsource services to one supplier. Do the words ‘Eggs’ and ‘Basket’ not spring to mind?

This waste will continue to happen as long as the people making the decisions lack the technical knowledge to understand what can be done and for how much, and as long as there is no direct come-back for those making poor decisions.

If only each project had a councillor officially attached to it, it would make it very easy to put a name to the waste at election time... after all we can’t expect them to admit their ineptitude and stand down can we?

When is it going to sink in with those voters who keep electing these dynasties of squandering councillors that by continuously re-electing these entitlement-minded career politicians that in Tameside you always pay more in tax and get less in return?

Personally, I really don’t care whether our council is run by, Labour, Tories, Greens, Independents or pontificating Vegans, but it would be nice to replace this current feudal dynasty of councillors who’ve been operating on inertia for decades, with councillors who would adhere to a ultra-local form of democracy and who possess a clear understanding that you do not make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.




The leader of the opposition, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, has insisted that, unlike the other party leaders, he won’t accept the Prime Minister's invitation to private talks to try to find a consensus on the way forward, until she takes ‘No Deal’ off the table!
This view was supported by Ashton MP Angela Rayner, who was a senior UNISON official in the region before entering politics, who said, “Jeremy will meet May, but she has to take ‘No Deal off the table.’

That being their negotiating stance, it begs the question that in any future industrial wage negotiations, would they recommend, nay insist, that the TUC leaders must take ‘strike action’ off the table?



It is very difficult to distinguish between ‘deliberate from incompetent’ when so many of the positions of influence these days seem to have been deliberately populated by incompetents.

Anyone following the ongoing ‘Brexit Debacle’ either on political programmes or watching the live debates from the chamber of the House of Commons and you might easily be left with the impression that our legislators are not all drawn from the upper echelons of our intellectual elite.

Let us not forget that many of these current politicians have never had any kind of job outside politics, unless it was working as a ‘researcher or young journalist.

But whichever career path they trod to get their seats in the house, our politicians should have been taught one very important, yet basic lesson; they were elected by us, to serve us, in the interests of this United Kingdom, not Europe, neither were they voted in to sit in parliament simply to feather their own nests!

But of course this situation is not new, some 366 years ago, when the ‘Rump Parliament’ was divided over the form that the new representative should take. It was proposed that a redistribution of constituencies be drafted, but with the proviso that sitting members of the original ‘Long Parliament’ should retain their seats. Oliver Cromwell strongly criticized the scheme for promoting the self-interest of sitting MPs and demanded a general election for an entirely new Parliament be held.

After going back on their word to suspend discussion of the new representative; at least until Cromwell's proposal for an election had been debated, Cromwell promptly led a company of musketeers to Westminster, and once having secured the approaches to the House, he addressed the Members, calmly at first, then with rising anger as he told them that their sitting was permanently at an end and they must leave!

"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place,
which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and
defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and
enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches,
and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like
Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you?

Is there one vice you do not possess?                                                                                                                

Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God;
which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes?                                                                                         

Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?                                                                                                                                                       

Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone!

So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!"

Oliver Cromwell MP's speech on the dissolution of the Rump of the Long
Parliament, given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653.

Now please do not think I am advocating revolution, but these days, at council, national and international levels, our curse is the rise of the modern professional politician who has lived a narrow life among like-minded political anoraks. Therefore is it any wonder that such people, who only know about politics, should so often turn out to be inadequate?

If these people had gone into business, rather than politics, most would be making their living in middle management rather than attempting to run our great country.