Getting personal

Getting personal

Getting personal

First published in Letters by

I DON’T understand why the Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition in York continue to be so personal.

Politics is about ideas and ideals, not petty squabbling. Coun Ian Cuthbertson said about a Labour councillor that if he “had paid a little more attention in class, he might have got a better grasp of the financial situation in York” (Letters, February 6).

He went on to say “cuts in York are not enforced by the Government, but are about ideological choices taken by the Labour council”. I wonder what his reason is for cuts in other councils up and down the country?

All councils are experiencing large cuts in Government funding and to not recognise this challenge is not only disingenuous, it is also irresponsible.

Coun Cuthbertson went on to criticise council borrowing in his letter.

This is surprising as I recently attended a public meeting with him in his ward and he said I should consider borrowing money to pay for everday services in his ward.

This would be irresponsible. It appears he says one thing in front of his voters and another to readers of The Press.

Coun James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council.
 

• CITY of York Council continues to inflict pain on citizens with a further 1.9 per cent tax increase and cuts to local services, while blaming it all on central government (The Press, February 4).

However, the Labour regime is careful to keep the council tax rise just below two per cent, which is thought to be the “trigger” for a referendum on its budget.

Why? Because at the May 2011 elections Labour received less than 32 per cent of the votes cast and since then lifelong Labour supporters have stated they will never vote for them again.

There is no chance of Labour gaining any endorsement of its budget through a referendum in this city.

Consequently, you can be sure that council tax increases will always be set at a figure just underneath that which would result in electoral censure.

John Jones, Sand Hutton, York.

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12:49pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Heslington says...

Well said, James and not to worry as Cllr. Cutherbertson should be retiring soon (either voluntarily or with a little push). However, it would be good if you could stop banging on about your weight loss and put your mind to making York a better place for its residents and visitors. It is also worth noting that I would get to my goal of saving for a flat deposit if my Council Tax bill was les....
Well said, James and not to worry as Cllr. Cutherbertson should be retiring soon (either voluntarily or with a little push). However, it would be good if you could stop banging on about your weight loss and put your mind to making York a better place for its residents and visitors. It is also worth noting that I would get to my goal of saving for a flat deposit if my Council Tax bill was les.... Heslington
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2:05pm Sat 8 Feb 14

PKH says...

One has to laugh at John Jones attacks on City of York Council when he lives in Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council areas, especially as he remains silent on what his own councils are doing.
One has to laugh at John Jones attacks on City of York Council when he lives in Ryedale District Council and North Yorkshire County Council areas, especially as he remains silent on what his own councils are doing. PKH
  • Score: -7

2:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

acomblass says...

For Heaven's sake James grow up. You are like a small child who cannot take criticism but are quite happy to dish it out. We know now your ploy - when things get sticky start taking on the "injured man"/why is everyone getting at me" mantel. Your comments on your twitter only support the view
For Heaven's sake James grow up. You are like a small child who cannot take criticism but are quite happy to dish it out. We know now your ploy - when things get sticky start taking on the "injured man"/why is everyone getting at me" mantel. Your comments on your twitter only support the view acomblass
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3:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Rocking Horse says...

acomblass wrote:
For Heaven's sake James grow up. You are like a small child who cannot take criticism but are quite happy to dish it out. We know now your ploy - when things get sticky start taking on the "injured man"/why is everyone getting at me" mantel. Your comments on your twitter only support the view
Well said acomblass !

Only this week JA attempted to smear Julia Mulligan on twitter, with this misleading tweet..

James Alexander @jmalexander1982 3d
The Kidnap gang 'boss' + the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire: bbc.in/MXH3ME

Then, after taking part in a discussion with a York Uni sytudent think tank, a second year law undergraduate tweeted yesterday...

Unbelievable. @jmalexander1982 (York Labour Leader) at @YorkThinkTank: Council budget/spending too complicated for residents to understand

Twice in a week he showed how much of a hypocrit he is, by smearing Julia Mulligan and then belittling and patronising York residents.

This man must go in 2015. York deserves better than him !
[quote][p][bold]acomblass[/bold] wrote: For Heaven's sake James grow up. You are like a small child who cannot take criticism but are quite happy to dish it out. We know now your ploy - when things get sticky start taking on the "injured man"/why is everyone getting at me" mantel. Your comments on your twitter only support the view[/p][/quote]Well said acomblass ! Only this week JA attempted to smear Julia Mulligan on twitter, with this misleading tweet.. James Alexander @jmalexander1982 3d The Kidnap gang 'boss' + the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire: bbc.in/MXH3ME Then, after taking part in a discussion with a York Uni sytudent think tank, a second year law undergraduate tweeted yesterday... Unbelievable. @jmalexander1982 (York Labour Leader) at @YorkThinkTank: Council budget/spending too complicated for residents to understand Twice in a week he showed how much of a hypocrit he is, by smearing Julia Mulligan and then belittling and patronising York residents. This man must go in 2015. York deserves better than him ! Rocking Horse
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2:37pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Micklegate says...

Is Cllr Alexander for real or just on a massive wind up? Cllr Cuthbertson was only replying to a letter in which a Labour councillor referred to the opposition as a pantomine. The fact Cllr Alexander claims any criticism of Labour is a personal attack is quite absurd, but to say it when another councillor responds to a personal attack by a Labour councillor is just going to far.
Is Cllr Alexander for real or just on a massive wind up? Cllr Cuthbertson was only replying to a letter in which a Labour councillor referred to the opposition as a pantomine. The fact Cllr Alexander claims any criticism of Labour is a personal attack is quite absurd, but to say it when another councillor responds to a personal attack by a Labour councillor is just going to far. Micklegate
  • Score: 9

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