Monday, February 20, 2012

Labour complacent - surely not?

Wales Online reports that Carwyn Jones is determined “to fight complacency in Welsh Labour.”
I think that complacency is a great enemy for us” he told his Conference.  We have to fight for every single vote. We have to have solid policies that people believe in and we will take nothing for granted.”He could have a point for once.  Complacency is certainly creeping in amongst the Labour party in these parts.  Take a look at this for instance:

Minutes of the meeting of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council held at the County Borough Council Offices, The Pavilions, Clydach Vale on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 5 p.m.

Questions to Cabinet Member for Community Safety Paul Cannon from Welsh Lib Dem Cllr Mike Powell
“As they ( licensing saturation zones) are effective in Cardiff, would it not be possible for a Community Safety Partnership Scrutiny Committee to look at this matter?”

Response from County Borough Councillor P.Cannon, QPM

What they do in Cardiff is irrelevant to what we do here. I don’t think I have to respond to that question.

Cllr Powell “Would the Cabinet Member comment on the low take-up rate with regard to the townscape Enhancement Programme in Pontypridd?

“Is the process of actually applying for grants too complicated with the criteria too strict and if that is the case, what does the Cabinet intend to do about it?”

(Out of 70 alleged expressions of interest only four applications have been made and three grants awarded.)

Response from County Borough Councillor P.Cannon, QPM

No, the process is not complicated. It is working extremely well and I propose to do absolutely nothing to alter its present position.

How is that for complacency, and this from the man who wants to be the Labour candidate for the post of Police Commissioner.  It doesn’t bode well does it?

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