Thursday, July 15, 2010

Back at you Mr Mayor

To think I voted for Sir Steve Bullock second preference at this year's Lewisham Mayoral election. Anyway, he's repaid my act of charity by branding protesters against the cuts "fucking idiots" and demanded that they "get real" - all while he was chairing a cabinet meeting. That's multi-tasking for you.

So much for Labour being the anti-cuts party. In Lewisham we're blessed with the fact that those fighting the cuts find themselves opposed to both the Liberal-Tory national coalition and the Labour council who were announcing closures before we even knew who the national government was.

Last night around one hundred protesters lobbied the council over their plans to, among other things, close five local libraries, shut down nurseries and reduce council staff. For an area where unemployment is on the rise the loss of local services and laying off workers seems completely the wrong way to go.

Hangbitch who attended the protest says that "we all know that these immediate economies are false economies. Bullock’s huge list targets people we (literally) can’t afford to target."

Meanwhile what does Sir Steve have to say about his disrespect for those who want decent public services and had hoped that this Labour council would fight to keep every job? “I think I may have left the mic on while I was making an aside.”

I'm assuming "aside" is a euphemism that we'll all be taking up soon in Lewisham. I'm pretty sure they'll be plenty of "asides" made about Sir Steve's attitude in the coming months as the council prepares the redundancy notices.


Mark Taylor said...

I don't think Sir Steve's too keen on protestors generally - he compared Climate Campers to football hooligans last year (and promptly pretended he hadn't when people didn't like it.)

hangbitch said...

Bit over Sir Steve, me. I pay him all that council tax every month and he calls me a fucking idiot. I probably am a fucking idiot for paying council tax in his borough.

Keep a clean tongue, Stevie.

Strategist said...

You can't beat the old leaving the mic on mistake for laughs.

Look on the bright side - at least he didn't come round your house and spend 45 minutes trying to persuade you to accept his apology and re-endorse him in front of the media...