Then, they will trash all your ideas.
Next, when the first and second approaches have not worked, they will copy your ideas and claim them as their own.
It’s absolutely fascinating to see the way the Tories are responding to the open dialogue with the public, suggesting ideas for the Liberal Democrat manifesto.
In the space of a few weeks, they have moved from stage one, to stage three, claiming that they are about to reduce the number of Councillors on the New Forest District Council.
I put forward this particular idea at least three years ago.
As far as any actions are concerned, they have actually increased the cost of Councillor allowances by needlessly creating an additional two Cabinet posts…. and the crazy thing is that many people still vote Tory thinking that they are best at saving money and keeping council tax low.
I have challenged a local Tory Councillor who has had the cheek to claim that they are already proposing to implement some of the ideas put forward, by asking for some evidence.
Still, it does show how opposition members can exert influence out of all proportion to their actual numbers on the Council.
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I must admit to a slight sinking feeling whenever the thick file of papers known as the Agenda and reports for the next District Council planning committee fall on my doormat.
The District Council formally decided to adopt new powers that will enable them to levy fines at the registered owners of vehicles, if any litter is thrown out, whether by the driver or a passenger.