John's Jottings for April 2006

John Ward

Please note: these Jottings are purely personal comment, and do not necessarily or directly represent the policy of either the Conservative Party or the Conservative Group on Medway Council.


Yes, you can if you like sing that to the tune of D.I.S.C.O.


We have recently been treated to having a regular group of lady visitors to the public gallery at meetings on the full Council. I wonder whether they have noticed a trend that I and other members of my political group have spotted?

This is a now-predictable tendency for the more dubious members of the Labour group to make rather feeble snide remarks about some of us in my group. Indeed, I have been subjected to this by one Labour member in particular at every Council meeting in the last several months, and intermittently prior to that. I and the truths I enunciate at Council meetings must be really getting under her skin...

It isn't as though her (or her colleagues') efforts are exactly brilliant: they really are embarrassingly feeble, and their effect reminds me of something Denis Healey once said, that it is "like being savaged by a dead sheep".

Snide (and I have looked up the meaning of that word in three dictionaries, just to be sure) is the mark of someone operating at a very low level. No-one better than that would even feel the need to descend to that depth, let alone make a career out of it. It is one of those things that I am acutely aware drag down the whole image of politics and politicians (among whom I am technically one of their number, though hardly a typical one!) and thus ultimately does no good for the governance of this country.

The snide Labour members of Medway Council are so low, they make a snake's belly look sky-high.

The standards of all of us—not just some, like my group—need to be high at all times, to regain and retain the former understanding, appreciation and support of our constituents that are the only means to improving standards in Britain. Some of us have always had that recognition by those who know, but can be tarred with the same brush as the lower-lifes by those who know only that we are "politicians" and pigeonhole us accordingly, without further thought. It is a cross we have learned to bear.

Indeed, I have now come to the conclusion that the letters S.N.I.D.E. are in fact an acronym for Socialists Notably Incapable of Debating Effectively; and there do seem to be a fair number of those in Medway Council's current Labour group...

Next time: A Little Out of Focus...