"Shambles": Former Herefordshire Council leader slams ongoing coalition talks

Ledbury Reporter: "Shambles": Former Herefordshire Council leader slams on-going coalition talks "Shambles": Former Herefordshire Council leader slams on-going coalition talks

A FORMER leader of Herefordshire Council has slammed ongoing coalition talks as a “shambles”.

Councillor Terry James said he and his two fellow Liberal Democrat members were “not worried in the slightest” at being left out of the talks.

“You’ve got Tories pretending they want to work together but don’t and an opposition that wants change but doesn’t know what change – it’s a shambles, ” said Coun James.

The council is now tied at 29-29 and control rests with the casting vote of its Tory chairman.

It’s Our County rejected the Tory offer of a coalition and a seat at the cabinet table on Friday. The Independent group is meeting to consider its response after talks between group leader Councillor Sebastian Bowen and the council leader councillor Tony Johnson this morning.

More Independent group representation at cabinet is a key concession being asked of the Tories.

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4:09pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Simon Brown says...

Easy. Get rid of this stinking cabinet system. It's about as democratic as a junta.
Easy. Get rid of this stinking cabinet system. It's about as democratic as a junta. Simon Brown

4:17pm Mon 2 Dec 13

JollyJesterTwo says...

Simon Brown wrote:
Easy. Get rid of this stinking cabinet system. It's about as democratic as a junta.
Better still, get rid of elected Councillors and replace them with an elected commissioner like the police.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Brown[/bold] wrote: Easy. Get rid of this stinking cabinet system. It's about as democratic as a junta.[/p][/quote]Better still, get rid of elected Councillors and replace them with an elected commissioner like the police. JollyJesterTwo

5:44pm Mon 2 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

You’ve got Tories pretending they want to work together but don’t and an opposition that wants change but doesn’t know what change

Never a truer word said
You’ve got Tories pretending they want to work together but don’t and an opposition that wants change but doesn’t know what change Never a truer word said William Rudd

5:51pm Mon 2 Dec 13

flamboyant says...

Why is Cllr Terry James surprised this is a shambles? Everything about Herefordshire Council is a shambles they're just being consistent!
Why is Cllr Terry James surprised this is a shambles? Everything about Herefordshire Council is a shambles they're just being consistent! flamboyant

7:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

probono says...

Terry James brought in the Cabinet system. Remember they were called the secret seven at the time.as other Councillors were not allowed to be in attendance, even opposition leaders. It was a shambles then and a shambles now, but we are finally being promised tranparency. Well let's try some of that Cllr Johnson please, both from your Members and your Officers. No more FOI to get basic facts, tell us how bad it is. Tell us what problems are still in the pipeline and may be we cannot help but at least we, the Herefordshire Council Tax payers might understand a little better.
Terry James brought in the Cabinet system. Remember they were called the secret seven at the time.as other Councillors were not allowed to be in attendance, even opposition leaders. It was a shambles then and a shambles now, but we are finally being promised tranparency. Well let's try some of that Cllr Johnson please, both from your Members and your Officers. No more FOI to get basic facts, tell us how bad it is. Tell us what problems are still in the pipeline and may be we cannot help but at least we, the Herefordshire Council Tax payers might understand a little better. probono

10:47am Tue 3 Dec 13

Herefordian07 says...

Teflon Tel didn't mind when he ruled the cabinet, just more politics from the ex -gravy train members, Tel says "HE isn't worried in the slightest" so why is he throwing his toys out of the pram, typical hypocrisy but HERE you can and almost get away with it too.
Teflon Tel didn't mind when he ruled the cabinet, just more politics from the ex -gravy train members, Tel says "HE isn't worried in the slightest" so why is he throwing his toys out of the pram, typical hypocrisy but HERE you can and almost get away with it too. Herefordian07

11:38am Tue 3 Dec 13

JohnBoym458 says...

Its no wonder hereford is in the state it is.........Hypocriti
cal councillors and ex council leaders sqaubbling like kids.....Oh!! Wait a moment!!!! This reminds me of something else........Now let me think.....GOT IT!!!! The ex & present government and all politicians.........
....................
.................The
re is no hiding the fact that HC is riddled with lieing, secretive coniving people that the people of Hereford lost faith with a very long time ago. Dam shame to see my beloved home city being dragged down into the abiss..........Shame on you hereford Council!!!!!!
Its no wonder hereford is in the state it is.........Hypocriti cal councillors and ex council leaders sqaubbling like kids.....Oh!! Wait a moment!!!! This reminds me of something else........Now let me think.....GOT IT!!!! The ex & present government and all politicians......... .................... .................The re is no hiding the fact that HC is riddled with lieing, secretive coniving people that the people of Hereford lost faith with a very long time ago. Dam shame to see my beloved home city being dragged down into the abiss..........Shame on you hereford Council!!!!!! JohnBoym458

3:53pm Tue 3 Dec 13

AylestoneVoice says...

Ha Ha - So the Fat Controller has woken up!
A bully boy if ever I saw one
Ha Ha - So the Fat Controller has woken up! A bully boy if ever I saw one AylestoneVoice

10:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

probono says...

Teflon Tel is obviously hoping for the call back to the high table, and the Cabinet Allowances that go with that. He no longer gets an Allowance as a Party leader as the Lib Dums have dwindled to insignificance. Its nothing about all working together, showing a single front, but far, far more about money, greed, and the idea of power again.
Teflon Tel is obviously hoping for the call back to the high table, and the Cabinet Allowances that go with that. He no longer gets an Allowance as a Party leader as the Lib Dums have dwindled to insignificance. Its nothing about all working together, showing a single front, but far, far more about money, greed, and the idea of power again. probono

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