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What have you done today to make you feel proud?
Posted Monday, 26 March 2007 at 11:22

That would be a tough question if you were the Mayor of Bedford. Having just read the Beds Times & Citizen and a quote given by the man himself, I would, in fact, feel a little embarrassed today.


The Mayor of Bedford is obviously trying out a bit of spin. Just about every politician of any worth knows that spin is a black art. You need a spin doctor. If you try and spin yourself, you usually end up in orbit.


Gordon proved that on budget day. He is such a control freak that he keeps a firm grip on the message, and the strategy, but look at what’s happened?  The budget has unravelled before his eyes, with absolutely no one being taken in by the very poor attempts at spinning the opposite message.


The Mayor of Bedford has said in the press that "he is going to take no lectures from me about consistency". That’s good, because I haven’t tried to give him any.


I did accuse him of hypocrisy, of which he is absolutely 100% guilty.


He chairs a committee whose sole aim and objective is to maximise any benefit whatsoever that can be gained from the 2012 Olympics for Bedfordshire. Attracting visiting teams, hosting events, hospitality, securing employment, whatever, he is supposed to be out there, fighting Bedfordshire’s corner against the other Home Counties who have committed chairmen trying to do exactly the same thing.


But Bedford’s Mayor has said the Olympics should have gone to Paris, he wished the UK hadn’t won.


Now my position is this. He is absolutely entitled to his opinion, and as Voltaire said, I would fight for his right to voice it; but as an elected politician, it is appropriate that if he cannot be 100% committed to the job in hand, he should stand down and put someone in place who is passionate about getting the best for Bedfordshire.


It’s no big deal. It is the honest thing to do. In fact, if he just admits to the public what he said at the meeting they may think the better of him for owning up and being big enough to admit he got it wrong.


Many may even agree with his point of view. That is not the issue. He is perfectly entitled to his point of view as are we all. But it is blatant hypocrisy to chair a committee which in order for you to do the job effectively requires you to have a different point of view.


I tabled a Parliamentary Early Day Motion this week calling for the Mayor to stand down from his position as Chairman of BOOST. The Bedfordshire Conservative MPs have signed it. The respected Luton Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has signed it. The Bedford MP has refused to sign it, now why is that I wonder?


Being uncouth and describing me as ‘rent a gob’ in the BT&C for simply telling the truth wasn’t clever. Trying to spin your way out of it really isn’t very clever. Getting yourself into the mess in the first place, was not clever. Chairing a committee which you don’t believe in, not clever, confusing hypocrisy with inconsistency, not clever – is there a theme developing here do you think?

Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
Mr Mayor is not overly original, he is simply mouthing the title lyrics of Heather Small's (late of M People) song "Proud Lyrics" He clearly hadn't bothered listening to the song in its entirety as verse three reads “We need a change Do it today I can feel my spirit rising We need a change So do it today 'Cause I can see a clear horizon” A metaphor for the government he supports perhaps ?
James said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
When I was a boy,those in high office in the councils were called dignitaries, presumably derived from the word dignity meaning a position of esteem and honour, worthy of respect.I certainly can't see how anyone living in Bedford can have any respect for this foul mouthed man.
Jane said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
Nor I. He has spent his working life,as the editor of the Beds on Sunday in the gutter making peoples lives a misery. Bedford is no different now than it was when he became mayor. I would say it's worse. It's definitley more congested.He's not a very nice man so I wouldn't have expected anything other than the comment he made.
Tony and Cherie B said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
Listen Sweetie, Cherie told me to get Jack to sort out this uncouth little man. Between you and me Babe I think he's got a soft spot for you, but alas Darling, he says he's too busy managing another delinquent. Sorry, whoops! never say that word in public Got to go,father-in-laws coming over to give me a few tips on acting, not that I need them of course...... Keep smiling....
Simon said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
I don't know how you put up with all these males.How do you keep sane. Perhaps they resent a female with intelligence and commonsense,charming,witty,decent,understanding,thoughtful,caring,brave,honest and with lots of money....if you were only twenty years younger....
Anonymous said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
"Rent a gob" is the sort of abusive comment that we frequently hear from Mr Branston. Well done, Nadine, for standing up to him. This creature is now attempting to gain unitary status for his council, which would give him control over important matters like social services and education. God forbid that he should succeed.
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 26 March 2007
Stuart, It was I who used the title, deliberatley, because of the other lyrics which you mention. It was my secret way of encouraging the other candidates in Bedford who I am sure will be opposing him during the elections which are about to kick off. Tony and Cherie, you are a scream and Simon - you only just got that posted!!
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