Tories exercising freedom of choice
Among Kent County Council’s many budget difficulties is the proposal to place a cap on the hugely popular Freedom Pass, limiting the amount of times children can use them.
The plans, which will save the council some £7.5m, have come under fire from many parents. But if the Conservative administration at County Hall was hoping for some solidarity among its colleagues out in the districts, it seems misplaced.
One petition calling for a rethink that now has more than 6,000 signatures was initiated by a Conservative councillor in Shepway, Emily Arnold.
The political equivalent of what the military describes as “friendly fire” or a “blue on blue” incident.
HOW many Romanian and Bulgarian migrants have arrived in the UK since the New Year?
The speculation before the end of 2013 was that there would be a large influx. The truth is no-one really knows, other than anecdotal evidence.
Prime Minister David Cameron was tackled about the numbers and replied that it was “a reasonable number”. Which could mean anything – “reasonable” as in modest, or “reasonable” as in “significant enough
‘Even in the face of adversity, he gets more publicity than the main parties’
for us to back up claim that we would be overrun”.
Off The Record suspects that it might be a case of lowering expectations.
YOU could never say that UKIP leader Nigel Farage isn’t good value for money. Even in the face of adversity, he gets more publicity than the main parties.
Perhaps it was the bang on the head from a protestor’s placard in Thanet but it proved a torrid week, with him disowning his own party’s previous election manifesto – which he described as 486 pages of drivel – and then calling for the ban on handguns to be reversed.
But even he must be beginning to wonder whether the adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity is true.
WE always enjoy Kent County Council’s responses to Off The Record’s Freedom of Information requests, usually because you can detect the influence of the propaganda unit in the way they are phrased. Take its response to the use of consultants to advise it on the latest transformation programme.
“KCC has an impressive history of delivery [of] financial savings whilst ensuring frontline services are protected, indeed often improved,” it read.
It’s called keeping on message.