POV: Fireworks really aren’t such a great idea – Photo 1 of 1
Send opinion letters by e-mail to [email protected] or write to Viewpoint, Newspaper House, 48 Bell Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1HX.
Fireworks really aren’t such a great idea
So here it is again.
It’s that awful time of year when it’s totally okay to let bombs go off in your backyard at any time of the day or night.
It was bad enough when it was just Guy Fawkes Night, but now we have Diwali for more misery.
Last night (Monday) I cycled with a friend from Windsor to Maidenhead along the Jubilee River.
It’s usually a pleasant night ride.
But this time it was like walking through a war zone.
I noticed that even the birds were stressed and flying, even though it was dark.
This nonsense will last at least until November 5th.
What’s wrong with our deputies?
When will you finally ban the sale of high explosives to the general public?
Organized exhibitions are good and give people a lot of fun, but it is not fair to sell high explosives to everyone to explode when and where the mood takes them.
How many times have you been on the verge of falling asleep after midnight when suddenly all hell breaks loose and wakes you up while you wait for the next block of explosions.
Fireworks are also used in demos.
People throw them at the police.
They are sometimes used to intimidate people during that horrible American import, Trick or Treat.
All kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, and especially animals like horses, that are outdoors are massively stressed by these massive explosions.
Some even have to be slaughtered.
But that’s ok isn’t it?
Because it’s Hindu culture, it’s British tradition.
I once personally asked my then MP, Dominic Grieve, to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public, but he said it was tradition.
In the case of Guy Fawkes, he remembers a guy who was hanged and quartered for trying to blow up Parliament over 400 years ago.
Moreover, any new law banning the sale of fireworks to the general public would actually be easily enforceable – unlike the existing law which takes advantage of the times when they can be set off.
In the past it wasn’t so bad because the fireworks were just not nearly as loud as they are now.
These days, they literally sound like bombs.
I will copy this to our local MP, Theresa May. If you feel as strong as me, please write to him too.
Reviews and service that is not enough
Thanks to the ‘Tiser for reporting on RBWM’s decision to pay its grounds maintenance contractor (Tivoli) an extra £200,000.
I announced the move at a recent Royal Borough cabinet meeting where councilors agreed to the increase despite a consistent record of poor performance in open space and graveyard upkeep.
The Senior Responsible Member (Cllr David Coppinger) used Viewpoint earlier this month to justify this decision.
Your readers may have been surprised that the rationale for this decision was not to improve maintenance but to keep it largely at current levels while considering stopping grass cutting in certain areas, etc
Cllr Coppinger and one of his colleagues are clearly unhappy with my intervention and feel it necessary to criticize me personally to justify their actions.
Although this is a sad situation, it will not prevent me from denouncing the poor decision-making of our advisers.
Your readers will make up their own mind about the quality of groundskeeping in the Royal Borough.
It is clear to me that awarding an extra £200,000 to a business that fails to meet service levels is not what residents expect or deserve. RBWM clearly thinks differently – they put Tivoli first and residents last.
Water doesn’t always go with the flow
The 10 year old (award winning) Waterway Development Plan is strong to bring the Thames to Maidenhead.
By observation, a gallon of water from the River Cookham Thames en route south tangles in reeds, flows via silt through permeable channel beds, is diverted into dead-end streams, washed into vegetation growing from plastic netting put in place to support the embankments, slowed by eddies from the surface water outfalls of roadside drains, is pushed north into Moor Cut by the weir until it finally arrives at the Bray Cut Basin.
What’s left of our gallon, is then hit with Maidenhead’s washing machines and toilets running at 200 liters per second from the outlet of the treatment plant.
As much of the flow is from farmers’ fields/rainfall and therefore we are not in breach of the Trade Descriptions Act, I would suggest that our advertisement be renamed “Bring Maidenhead’s Water into The Thames”.
Where are Dudley, Truss and the responsibility going?
I spent most of last weekend trying to make sense of the events unfolding in Westminster.
The Conservative parliamentary party, having got rid of two Prime Ministers in less than two months, invented a way to select another which, in the end, did not oblige anyone to vote for the winner! Saves on all that pesky counting, doesn’t it!
As this was the most likely outcome following Boris Johnson’s withdrawal from the process, creating a narrative that lends legitimacy to a future Rishi Sunak Prime Minister has become urgent.
The chosen Sunak propellant was current Home Secretary Grant Shapps.
His argument was that he and the other 356 Tory MPs had drawn their mandates from the 2019 general election, which returned them to Parliament.
He also stressed that a Sunak administration would return to the heart of the manifesto that all conservative candidates have stood on in this election.
So, legitimacy goes from the manifesto, through the election of a majority that stood on that manifesto, and then to their chosen leader, whom they are free to select and deselect as often as they wish.
And, as far as our woefully inadequate constitution is concerned, he’s absolutely right.
But that leaves him with a problem. That’s it:
If his argument establishes Sunak’s legitimacy as prime minister, it highlights the fact that Liz Truss’ brief tenure as prime minister was in fact a coup.
Throughout the parliamentary and partisan phases of her election as leader of the Conservative Party, it was made clear that she would tear up the 2019 Manifesto and start over.
According to Shapps’ theory, this would be unconstitutional.
Yet 113 Tory MPs and later 81,326 Conservative Party members voted to appoint her Prime Minister.
Assuming these deputies voted consistently in the membership ballot, I make a grand total of 81,325 co-conspirators.
I give Liz Truss the benefit of my very considerable doubt and conclude that she was sufficiently aware of what was going to vote for herself!
I wonder what the Home Secretary, who is responsible for national security, thinks should happen to all these conspirators?
Now, it’s possible that this whole quibble was inspired by events closer to home.
Former RBWM council leader Simon Dudley came to power after internally overthrowing former leader David Burbage after the 2015 borough election.
Additionally, Cllr Andrew Johnson, the current leader of the council succeeded internally, following Mr Dudley’s still unexplained midnight flight in September 2019.
It is comforting to know that, at least when it comes to lack of openness and transparency and Geller-style truth-bending skills, our local curators may have taught their older brothers a thing or two.
It makes me very proud.
Advisor JOHN BALDWIN
Lib Dem, Belmont
The party trashed the rule of law as well as logic
Few would disagree with DR Cooper’s observation that Liz Truss created “such chaos so quickly” (Viewpoint, October 20).
While the Convict, aka Boris Johnson, will be widely remembered as an unrepentant liar, his successor as Prime Minister is a first-rate hypocrite, abandoning his sensible pro-EU principles to achieve the highest job in the British politician voted for by the crisp former members of the Conservative Party.
The deterioration of the Conservative Party was inevitable once it decided to incorporate UKIP values in order to win the 2019 general election.
With the help of the elite conservative press, he tried to trample on the rule of law. Remember the chilling headline ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE from the Daily Mail, never a stranger to far-right autocracy.
Brexit has proven to Tories that telling lies will do nothing to deter a large minority of voters as long as emotions take precedence over any sort of logic.
With even DR Cooper, one of Brexit’s most stubborn apologists, admitting that it is having ill effects, what many young and intelligent people are wondering is when politicians from the two best-supported political parties will join the Lib Dems, Green Party and SNP to tell the truth. about the dishonesty and shame surrounding the referendum itself and the negotiations that left the UK isolated and poorer.
The Conservative Party faces a very uncertain future because of the division.
It’s a division caused by lies, and the catalyst for that was Brexit.
“Conservative and Unionist” is the name of the party
Without waiting to know who will lead the so-called “conservative and unionist” party, it is interesting to observe how many of its deputies support the one who has erected a trade barrier between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Doctor DR COOPER
Belmont Park Avenue