well I can see that the council doesn't want people doing their own private copying on council machinery paid for by taxpayers - who is trying to make a political point here? A good result that he has got them done free - and probably much better quality than off a work photocopier
'"The council also provides wreaths which are laid by councillors at services in Hornchurch, Upminster, Harold Hill and Rainham."
As a volunteer collector for the poppy appeal and a Branch Official at my local RBL I have supplied the wreaths for my local council to be laid by the Mayors Representatives at the Boro memorial services.
Yes they do pay for these wreaths but there is a 'suggested donation' per wreath which is shown as a minimum. For the last 3 years they have paid the minimum for the wreaths. This is in contrast to the fact that we get pensioners purchasing wreath obviously in remembrance of a loved one lost many years ago and in most cases pay more than the suggested donation.
I get the impression from the mayors office perhaps by the droids that run it and manage the place that this event is seen as a unnecessary inconvenience rather than a dignified annual local remembrance event which of course it should be.
Last year after the parade as is usual we assembled in the local Legion for drinks and canapes. The sitting MP (Labour) addressed those present thanking the veterans for turning out, the officials of the RBL and the church for the organisation and a fine service and of course the Poppy collectors for their hard work during the proceeding fortnight. There was nothing in his words that could be labelled political (this despite his attempt to stand against Gordon Broon for the leadership a few Months later (now there is a clue for you)).
There was a local tory councillor present who was the mayors rep and laid the wreath on his behalf and of course on behalf of the boro. He took great exception to this and made sure everyone within earshot knew it. I took great exception to this and told this chap so. His agenda was simply that the MP should not speak no matter what.
These events are purely about honouring and remembering our glorious dead not for political gain.
Hmm, sounds like some t**t who doesnt really know much about "politics".
I dont think its someone whos against remembrance sunday, just shit scared of any **** little rules being broken. Shame theres no one there in authority willing to slap c*cksuckers like that down.
Sounds like a cockup to me, some local government bod making a bad call. Of course it would interesting to see if the said document actually did contravene the rules, i.e. self-publicity, party publicity, that sort of thing.
It's about time all government officials who are in a position to make a decision are responsible for the decision they make.
eg Mr Morethan Myjobsworth says that X is the case. If M'learned Friend then looks at the law and sees that Mr MM is talking bolleaux and interpreting the law wrongly, Mr MM should then be sacked, (or in the case of many local govt types reduced back to the rank of shop steward).
It's called personal responsibility, and it is the one thing that these people (and if Margaret Hodge, a govt minister and ex leader od Lambeth, is to be believed her sort) fear.