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Fresh anxiety is spreading through Rod Bluh's micro-cabinet as they realise they are about to lose their 'informational ace in the hole' Derique Montaut, leader of the Labour group, meaning Geoff Reid's 'Wifiasco Body Count' may shortly be claiming yet another victim.

The full extent to which Bluh & Co. have been cajoling, controlling, coercing and bullying Cllr Montaut into doing their bidding is only now beginning to emerge, but it is already looking very ugly.  Lamplighters will be exploring and expanding on this over the next few days but we already believe most of it is wifi related.

Yesterday, Tory Cllr Gary Perkins, himself a Director on the boards of Digital City and Swindon Commercial Services, referred (during a radio 105.5 interview) to an apology allegedly made by Derique Montaut to the SBC chief executive Gavin Jones.  Lamplighters would Dvery much like a transcript of that radio interview. If you have one, or even a recording of the interview itself that lamplighters can listen to, please tell us at: leaks@talkswindon.org 

The labour group have been aware that something has been amiss with Monty for some time but it may have proved difficult for them to divine exactly what has been going on, (until now), because members of the Tory group have been quietly and ruthlessly exploiting their friendship with Cllr Montaut for political gain, using his own good nature to aid their own grubby ones.

What's happening now then?

Labour Councillor Bob Wright, currently standing for re-election in Central ward, will formally seek election to the leadership of the Labour Group if he is re-elected to serve Central ward next Thursday.  The prospect of Cllr Wright becoming leader of the Labour group is already worrying Bluh's micro-cabinet because they know none of the control 'mechanisms' they have developed and used on Cllr Montaut will work with Wright.

If Wright is successful, both in the ward and the labour group, it seems very likely that the controversy over Rod Bluhs past political manipulation of the 'Chair of the Scrutiny Committee' will re-open as the Tories will almost certainly wish to prevent Councillor Wright from gaining Chairmanship of that committee. 

Might I encourage our Central-dwelling Lamplighters to keep their eyes peeled for unusually heavy Tory campaigning in their ward for the next few days ? It will be interesting to see whether Bluh's Tories will divert resources away from Robert Bucklands campaign to try and prevent Cllr Wright being re-elected in Central.

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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 03:12:28 PM »

A case of: Chicken-Chokers killing the Golden Goose then ?  ;D

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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 03:19:51 PM »

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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 03:48:38 PM »


This is going to be interesting. 

At the very point Rod Bluh's bulging portfolio of micro-mismanagement does not need another page delivered unto it, here comes one, and it's the inevitable result of yet another instance of Bluh's inability to be anticipate events, plan ahead or finesse his way around Euclid street.

If Bob Wright is relected in Central, if Bluh is relected in Dorcan and each of them is subsequently elected leader of their respective groups then the remainder of 2010 is going to be far more interesting and fairer than 2009/10.

It will be good for Monty to be out of harms way.

 

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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 03:53:36 PM »
Perhaps they will persuade  Monty to walk the floor and become an Independant as they did with Glaholm and become the Chair of Scrutiny
If this were to happen my money would be on Monty having a longer tenure of office than Glaholm did
Within a very short time he, Glaholm, received a police caution for "spending too much time" around the Manchester Road area and promptly lost the job.
Kevin Small being the lucky recipient of the Special Responsibilty Allowance that goes with the job
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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 07:04:06 PM »
All well laid plans and all ill-laid plans will be tossed aside when Kevin-Leakey-the-Incorruptable wins the ward.

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Re: 2010 Election Local Special: Monty Faces Labour Leadership Axe
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 08:03:54 PM »
All well laid plans and all ill-laid plans will be tossed aside when Kevin-Leakey-the-Incorruptable wins the ward.


Not very likely as Kevin appears to have abandoned his previously principled 'protector of local history and architecture' stance in favour of an apparently politically expedient 'Pro-Bluh-The-Destroyer' attitude.

Komadori notes:

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"Only a few months ago his [Kevin Leakey] comments on the refurbishment of the old GWR Barracks were mildly scathing.

    "Whoever designed and agreed to the new entrance and stone work, must have suffered a momentary loss of their senses, for they most certainly bypassed any thoughts of preserving the historical character and appearance of the building…. Would it not have been beyond the capabilities of someone to have designed an entrance sympathetic to the fabric of the building and made it of wood and glass?"

However, now his leaflet describes the building as “wonderfully restored”.


Wonderfully restored ? Relevant quote is top right on this leaflet.


My respect for Kevin has just dropped through the floor.    I'm hoping it's a typical Tory Stitch-up.  If it is, and Kevin lets them get away with it, then I am afraid he's been 'cHarmed', as the saying goes.