Having failed to send any of their staff to a meeting with disabled groups in Worksop that I helped convene, Notts County Council have now pressed ahead with their restrictions on parking in Bridge Street without the very sensible and modest compromise that the meeting proposed.
The disabled people present suggested that a very specific and limited time be available (say 9-10.30 on weekdays) for them to access key services such as banks.
In this way businesses could sell themselves to the disabled at the time, and there could be unheeded access in order that people could access banks and other vital amenities.
Compromise is always sensible in such matters and this modest proposal would have left Bridge Street car free for most of the day and Saturdays.
However the Southerners at County Hall know best as usual- despite failing to bother attending the meeting.
A bit like their arbitrary decisions on street lighting, they carry on regardless.
It is a bit like Home Secretaries in Parliament: you pay them and they spend their time pretending that there are never any issues with immigration and border controls.
Meanwhile British citizens have to queue up like lemmings in order to get into their own country.
It is not good enough.
After this week’s local elections, we will soon have candidates emerging for the unwanted role of police commissioner - a total waste of money politicising the police.
The salary is in the range of £75-150,000.
I have a good idea - let’s cap the salary at that of an MP.
So that police commissioners can never be paid more than this.
That would save about £5 million a year.
Please ask anyone who stands if they will agree to limit themselves to this.
I have another good idea: let’s not pay the House of Lords.
They say that they do it for their experience etc etc.
Well then they do not need a salary.
I would abolish them, but I am in a small minority.
If we do have to keep them then 100 members would be enough- as the USA and Germany manage on perfectly well. Instead we have 800 and more members of the House of Lords.
Perhaps we should compulsorily retire all those who fail to turn up?