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Freeborn John

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  1. While if you find any evidence that local authorities manage major public works by first having them done and then finding the finance for them, don't hesitate to produce it. Oh dear, oh dear, don't go into business, promise me?
  2. Let not a straw remain ungrasped, good old PJ. A lamp post which went into the ground yesterday would have been part of a contract which was agreed more than 36 days ago, hence it would have been part of the 15/16 budget. Incidentally, they're currently ripping King Edward St up and re tarmacking it, did the clerk of works pop into Waterfields for a meat and potato pie last week and think "Hmm, I'll sort that pot hole outside the bookies out when I get back to the office, in fact I'll do the lot!"
  3. Nurse! Nurse! He's out of bed again!
  4. You keep coming back with the same old stuff, time and time again, you just wear your victims down. A wise man once defined Hell as the place where there is no reason, presumably he'd met you.
  5. So exactly when were the contracts signed for the current phase of public works to be done, well within the 15/16 financial year I suggest. Or did WBC ring the contractors up last week and say "Hiya mate, got any lamp posts?" I do sometimes think you're deliberately obtuse in lieu of having something smart to say.
  6. You just said that the millions the lights are costing were 'confirmed years ago', now you're agreeing that the project was within the window of the 15/16 budget, do stop wobbling about. The creative financial decisions were all done and dusted by March 31st, OK?
  7. This is like pulling teeth but I'll try again. Those millions of which you speak exist as part of a so called 'allocated reserve', that is, money (claimed to be) earmarked for a certain purpose. However, there is also an 'unallocated reserve', a private stash which Eric Pickles describes as rainy day money, central government keeps a beady eye on this nest egg and points it out when local authorities go scrounging. In the run up to budget time, many local authorities feel a sudden need to buy stuff, the unallocated cash is transferred to the allocated reserve and councils can legitimately t
  8. Nay, oh yapping one, 'tis phased to ebb and flow with the fortunes of yonder counting house where the fine folk lurk.
  9. Not at all, and as far as it being a 12 month a year project, it's actually phased, not least by the winter weather. Maybe you work in a nice dry office where stuff like digging in flooding holes is less of an issue?
  10. Quite so, some areas had their lights replaced two years ago, mine did. Before that we had a spring epidemic of those funny yellow lights on islands in the middle of the road, one year they suddenly did every bus stop in the town with red tarmac. I suspect it depends on how much spare dosh they've got hanging around once winters over.
  11. It's that time of year again, when councils balance their books by using up any cash they've been holding back for a rainy day. Otherwise, central government might find it and reduce their budget for the upcoming year, they really don't want that.
  12. While shamelessly brown nosing the rapidly multiplying muslim vote, Ken seems to have misjudged the punch of the jewish vote. I wish the British vote had half the clout in politics that every other Tom, Dick and Harry seems to have.
  13. 'Dog whistle', that's almost Freudian, considering it was the US multinationals yard dog he was on about.
  14. Talking of Lisbon, when Ireland got a referendum in 2008 on the Treaty of Lisbon (an EU power grab) the vote didn't go in favour of the European Union commissars, the Irish turfed it out. EU funding to the country was turned off like a tap, the Celtic Tiger started to turn blue. In another referendum on the same treaty in 2009, the Irish changed their minds and conceded to the EU, the money started to flow again. That's democracy, European Union style.
  15. The Scarecrow is well aware that outside of his cosy socialist fantasy bubble, he couldn't organise a Sunday school outing, never mind run the UK. Far easier to leave it to Brussels then. In fact, after a Brexit, there would be plenty of other substandard politicians who would have to man up or ship out, perhaps that's what they're all afraid of.
  16. I think that the huge influx of cheap migrant labour, who have walked all over custom and practice, have done more harm to workers rights than anything else.
  17. All the hounds of Nimby hell immediately break loose at the mention of solar farms around here, the one planned for Gt Sankey was sunk without trace, another which is planned for a blighted ex waste tip down Widnes way is being attacked as though they want to build a maggot farm on an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  18. Regarding the decision to irrevocably bind ourself to the EU dictatorship or not, it might be a good idea to wonder in what condition that organisation will be in 10 years time. The phrase 'economic and social train wreck' springs to mind.
  19. I would caution against stating that 'America is against it!' when, as I pointed out, the opposition comes from Goldman Sachs and not the 300m citizens of that country, many of whom couldn't find Yurrup on a map. Of course, since the finance lobby in America is powerful enough to send Obama scurrying to the UK on its business, it's an easy mistake to make.
  20. 'Our biggest ally' is actively trying to influence the referendum to suit its own purposes. Huge US outfits like Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are donating large sums of money to the campaign to keep us in Europe, £500,000 from GS alone, ever wonder who paid for those leaflets through our doors? I find that rather sinister, since when economic carpetbaggers like that lot get involved, it isn't for the benefit of the ordinary bloke in the British street.
  21. What started off as a sensible trading agreement between half a dozen nations with healthy economies, the Common Market, has turned into an oppressive political train wreck, the European Union. We are now in a position in which the UK is effectively run by a committee from other countries and is being used as an economic wiping rag for their own benefit, we should break out of this trap now.
  22. No dialogue with people who set off bombs in litter bins on Bridge St on a Saturday afternoon, ever.
  23. The day they brought convicted terrorist and IRA commander Martin McGuinness to Warrington, put him up on the stage and gave him a big round of applause I gave up on that place in disgust.
  24. Another reason that many politicians don't want us to leave the EU, it would mean that they would no longer be able to blame Brussels for unpopular measures while they smile behind their hands.
  25. Not one local authority (outside of the London super boroughs) has dabbled in the bond markets for over 10 years, then WBC commits the town to the tune of £150 million so it can buy itself something nice. They're either smarter than every other council in the entire country, or more reckless, a worrying thought.
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