Councillor ‘out of touch’

TORY county councillor Michael Brown’s comments in his interview with the County Times (‘Tory defends plans for spending cuts’, May 26) illustrates just how out of touch he is with everyday reality.

It beggars belief that he should be in charge of county council finances. His casual approach to the sacking of hardworking public sector employees displays a level of arrogance which can only be borne out of ignorance of the devastating affect redundancy can have on an individual and their family. Yet another ‘on your bike’ Tory.

It is not just the nonchalant approach Mr Brown displays to sacking public sector employees that should worry us all, but his complete lack of understanding of the effect that these cuts will have on the fabric of our communities.

In asserting ‘I can give the readers of the County Times the full satisfaction of saying job cuts in the county council will have no impact on them whatsoever’ he displays a level of ignorance that should send alarm bells through County Hall.

The only satisfaction Horsham Labour Party will gain from his comments, would be that, on reflection he concedes the sheer stupidity of this statement and resigns, in so doing acknowledging that he is unfit to undertake his role within the cabinet.

In stark contrast to his assertion, are the many letters and reports featured in the most recent edition of the County Times. Council tax payers from across the county have concerns for their bus routes, fire services, and care of the elderly and disabled.

Surely a more realistic assertion would have been to suggest that the cuts that are being wielded by Mr Brown and the Tory administration are likely to affect each and every one of us.

And what of the opposition (sic), the Lib Dems? They dislike Mr Brown’s turn of phrase, with their leader managing to describe his comments as ‘almost offensive’ but then, as quoted in last week’s County Times, choose to concede that their Tory friends ‘are stuck between a rock and a hard place’, so letting them off the hook once again.

Having provided us with yet another reminder as to why for so many working people, the Tories will always be the nasty party, Mr Brown in the County Times (letters June 2) tries to reassure us that things are not going to be as bleak as he first suggested - 800 posts are to be outsourced!

Hmm, no doubt another fine mess waiting to be reported on at some point in the future Mr Brown?


Chair, Horsham Labour Party

Clarence Road, Horsham