Friday, August 21, 2009

Now this is really interesting and the most cheering news I've read
this year - someone prepared to fight back.
A maverick mayor elected after promising to slash council spending,
clear the streets of yobs and ditch politically correct services is the torchbearer for how towns should be run.
On his first morning as Mayor of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, Peter  Davies cut his salary from £73,000 to £30,000 then closed the council's
newspaper for "peddling politics on the rates".
Now three weeks into his job, Mr Davies is pressing ahead with plans  that he hopes will see the number of town councillors cut from 63 to
just 21, saving taxpayers £800,000. Mr Davies said: "If 100 senators
can run the United States of America, I can't see how 63 councillors are
needed to run Doncaster".
He has withdrawn Doncaster from the Local Government Association and
the Local Government Information Unit, saving another £200,000.
Mr  Davies said, "They are just talking shops".
Next Doncaster is in for some serious un-twinning. He said, "We are  twinned with probably nine other cities and twinning is just an excuse  for people to fly off and have a binge at the ratepayers expense".
Also, the mayor's chauffeur-driven car has also been axed by Mr Davies  and the driver given another job.
Mr Davies, born and bred in Doncaster, swept to power in the May
election with 24,244 votes as a candidate for the English Democrats,
a party that proposes tight immigration curbs, an English Parliament
and a law forcing every public building to fly the flag of St. George.
He has promised to end council funding for Doncaster's
International Women's Day, Black History Month and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month. He said, "Politicians have got
completely out of touch with what people want. We need to cut costs. I want to  pass on some of savings I make in reduced taxes and use the rest for  things we really need, like improved children's services".
Mr Davies has received messages from well wishers across the country
and abroad as news of his no-nonsense approach spreads.


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