I have wanted to write this blog for a while now, but every time I tried something always held me back.
It is partly in reply to something a friend (though he might not be after this) said, and partly to put my point of view across ~ seeing as everyone else is doing so!
The gent in question is one of the regular crowd who act as something of unofficial “rebel rousers,” towards the current Lib Dem run administration. He seems to have a huge distain for all the main parties, (which he is within his right to do) as well as being something of a “champion” towards council housing tenants...
I have nothing against him, or his reasoning behind any of what he does... BUT; and here’s the big but, I have a huge problem with his seemingly one sided view of how our administration bullies and abuses said tenants.
As to if the things he says are true or not, well I am not able to answer. I have one view from the gent in question, (who is, himself; only hearing things second hand) and the view of some of my councillor friends on the yellow side of the chamber...
If it is true, then those doing the bullying/abusing should ~ and I hope will ~ be brought to task for it, bullying (in any form) is wrong; period.
I am not about to pass judgement on things without knowing the whole facts, however what has got my goat more than anything; is this gents comments to me over these matters.
Our conversations actually took place over the fact he had tried to bring to task Councillor Woods (again) over how much his hearing (for that car issue) cost the taxpayers...
Surely we have been through this enough people? Surely, after wasting eight plus hours of my own life and nine months of his on this matter, we have ALL had enough of Councillor Woods and his bloody car? (No offence there Tony, if you’re reading) So why in the blue hell, do I want to spend another god knows how long over it?
Anyways, (rant over there!) we somehow managed to get onto matters regarding one of the sheltered housing people (the one’s who visit others in need) getting in trouble & being bullied by the Lib Dem administration; and (which I find bizarre) the aforementioned Councillor Woods.
With what this gent was saying, Councillor Woods not only knew about the trouble the help got in but also bullied; intimidated and abused her. Now I know Councillor Woods is (and can be) a lot of things, I know we are not exactly friends and it is true even I find him fairly intimidating at times; but something I just cannot see... if I am wrong however, then I shall say I am wrong.
However, when I made the comment that what I cared about were the taxpayers like my folks having to pay out for more freedom of requests over how much this hearing etc took over Councillor Woods, than much else; this gent accused me of not caring and only thinking about my own pocket.
Now, anyone who actually knows me; will know neither is true. I care too much about everyone, and the last thing I will ever care about is money! To me, money is the route of all evil; and personally I wish that I could live without the need for it. Most people who know me will also know that the one thing you can be assured of, is that I more than “give a damn” about everyone and anyone! Not only is it (kind of) part of my job to care (The St. John thingy) but it is also something which I have always felt is more of a trait than anything else, simply put; I cannot help but be nice!
Therefore, with that being said; what I want to know ~ well ask the gent in question (notice I have not named him...) is... “Isn’t what YOU are doing (to myself and others ~ with the constant disrespectful e-mails and comments) bullying?”
I find his comments towards me, not only hurtful; but also abusive....
Where is the respect you say those in power do not show you? Respect has to not only be earned but also given to the right people. Moreover, regardless of if you like it or not (or agree with them or not) those in power DO deserve to be treated with respect.
I was brought up to have respect for my elders, something this gent is proud of also; but my parents also brought me up to have respect for authority figures too! Regardless of if I like them or not, Councillors and the officers; have my respect ~ that’s not to say I don’t think they should not earn that too... but more on that another time!
So, Edward McNabb; do I get an apology from you for the abusive comments... or should I just tell anyone and everyone how you have treated me and e-mail you every chance I get, being rude and abusive too of course?
Have I made my point?