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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It’s a very time for the conservative party and for democracy generally. With one New Forest Tory MP voting “Yes” to the Brexit deal and another voting “No”, they lose the ability to blame anyone else but themselves.
Despite possessing an “A” level in Economics and studying “Quantitative methods” on my way to becoming a Chartered Insurer, I still don’t fully understand statistics and sometimes have to listen to two friends who are economists and are prepared to patiently explain to me how something works, or how reliable a statistic actually is.