My mate Michael, or Cllr Powell if you prefer, has got the local Labour party all hot under the collar again. What has he done this time? Well he expressed the opinion that they are all a bunch of “hypocritical parasites” - I believe that was the term he used.
Now I am amongst the first to tell him when I think he is in the wrong but in this instance it is hard to see how he could have been mistaken. The evidence presented constantly on all fronts seems to suggest very strongly that he has indeed hit the nail right on the head.
The online Oxford dictionary defines a parasite as follows:
"an organism which lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense." OR " a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return:"
In the interests of balance the Cambridge dictionary states:
" an animal or plant that lives on or in another animal or plant of a different type and feeds from it" OR "a person who is lazy and lives by other people working, giving them money, etc"
Make the comparisons yourself – this may help
Again I turn to the Oxford online for the definition of hypocritical
“behaving in a way that suggests one has higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case”
"saying that you have particular moral beliefs but behaving in a way that shows these are not sincere."
You can see where I am going with this right? It is a word which often crops up in relation to the Labour party in RCT – such as here and here
And here is a perfect example of the hypocritical parasites that Russell exemplifies so well. Two chauffeur driven cars out for hours on a Sunday to take the leader and his wife and the Mayor to a Community Council jolly.
But in terms of real hypocrisy three jobs Russell Roberts column in this week’s Ponty Observer is a prime contender for the title of hypocritical claptrap of the year.
He constantly changes his position in order to try and ensure no mud ever sticks to his neatly pressed suit. Indeed next time Dr Who is filming in the area he could top up his meagre wages with a role as one of those shape shifters who appear as different things to different people.
He starts by hailing the great Edwina Hart along with Oily Smith and Slick Antoniw for bringing new jobs to Treforest (very welcome new jobs I must admit) but then goes on to blame the coalition Westminster Government for rising unemployment.
He lays the blame at our door for the ‘difficult decisions; he has had to take to protect jobs and front line services, but not so long ago he was trying to persuade workers that it wasn’t his Cabinet who cut the terms and conditions, but the Chief Exec as they had delegated the decision.
He blames the opposition for doing nothing but criticising and not coming up with any positive ides. Yet every single motion that Mike and his group have brought to Council has been dismissed out of hand by Labour, not matter what it is. They failed to vote in favour of a DPPO to ban alcohol consumption on the streets of Pontypridd when Mike suggested it, only to come back some time later announcing their decision to introduce a DPPO across RCT.
Disabled Parking bays were introduced some time after both Labour and Plaid voted against one of our motions to bring them in.
Three years ago the WLD group put forward a motion to bring empty homes back into use – yes you’ve guessed it, Labour voted against it and then later drought it back as their own idea.
You get the general drift I'm sure.
Yep, I really do think that on this occasion Mike has got it spot on.