Will She……or……Won’t She?

We are all familiar with the politically motivated and silly antics of Judy Dalton. First she sent a letter to the ‘Advertiser’ last year saying she would not attend any more Parish Council meetings on the pretext she was ‘bullied’ then she continues to turn up and make a hash of chairing PC meetings. Some months later, after questions about her U-turn were put on the agenda, she remembered to write to the Chairman of APC-John Ireland- saying she “had changed her mind” about not attending APC meetings. She did not announce this publicly. She hoped her initial letter to the press would encourage  people to support her but it was a tactic that backfired because her fellow Labour councillors did not offer any meaningful messages of support. At a Parish Council meeting  two months later Jo Burton said “I think Judy would be happy not to attend parish council meetings”. 

Then we need to review Dalton’s chairmanship of the Rotherham Taxi Licensing Committee……..  Oh dear……… A poisoned chalice landed in Dalton’s lap. The facts about the role of taxi drivers in the CSE scandal are well documented but our fearless heroine was determined to carry on………… Until Louise Casey CB published her report.                     Political correctness protected abusers because council officers were reluctant to revoke their taxi licences when they were accused of sexual abuse.“Some officers and Members felt they could not raise matters relating to Pakistani heritage taxi drivers and perpetrators because of community cohesion implications,” the report says.

The council knew of reports of children being used for sex in exchange for free rides, vodka, cigarettes or food from taxi drivers, and of drivers picking up girls outside their school so they could perform sex acts on them during their lunchbreak.

But the Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services, responsible for taxi licensing, said that four revocations of licences in 2009 to 2012 represented the “full extent of taxi driver child sexual abuse in Rotherham”.                                                                               The council’s former deputy leader, Jahangir Akhtar, was a former taxi driver who “made representations on behalf of taxi drivers to speed up the issue of licences in advance of Criminal Record Bureau checks”, the report said. Some members and officers felt “intimidated” by him and said he had made threats.

On 4th November 2014 Dalton said:  “Although Rotherham’s current policy is compliant with the law and our standards exceed those of some areas, we felt we had to restore public confidence in the local taxi trade so we propose to raise the standards in a variety of areas. “We hope the industry and the public will respond to the consultation, and share with us their views and advice. We will take this into account and seek to have so we can have any changes in place by April 2015 early next year.”                        Exceed standards of some areas? Where? Somalia? Afghanistan?                                                Whatever Dalton’s Grand Plan was it failed and failed miserably.

It is strongly rumoured that Judy Dalton will not stand for re-election in May however she has neither confirmed nor denied if this is true. Like her letter to the press we have to wander…Will She…Won’t She?                                                                                                    A more pertinent question is How soon will she go?

 

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19 Responses to Will She……or……Won’t She?

  1. hilary estrada-haigh says:

    Regarding Dalton Day – Please note that the Woodsetts Festival is funded through sponsorship therefore no cost to the ratepayers of Woodsetts. As for Dalton Day, Judy Dalton has had her hand out big style for Anston Parish Council to pay – therefore us the ratepayers. I believe her latest want is in the region of £2,000 – well there’s another good reason for her to go, a spendthrift with our money and there is so much more profligacy attributed to her dopey decisions.
    Good riddance.

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    • Watchman says:

      It is beyond the intelligence of Dalton and APC to think about sponsorship for ‘Anston Day’. As you say, she would much prefer local taxpayers to fund this monument to a diseased ego.

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  2. S Thornton says:

    Beck`s lack of experience has nothing to do with it, more likely the fact that the Chamber had an “insider” who just happened to have the “Business and Regeneration” Portfolio. No Conflict of interest there then.

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    • Stuart Hale says:

      I don’t think that cronyism / corruption within the borough is in dispute. This after all has been highlighted in both the Jay and Casey reports, as well as citizens being aware of this for years.

      I think lack of experience has everything to do with it. After all he is now out of position due to his nievity of how things work in the adult/ business world. Strive for the top and neglect morality and you come a cropper! His name is tarred to anybody who has a shred of decency. The glowing resume from the chamber is nothing to the business people of Rotherham believe me!
      Moreover
      the fact he has been played like a kipper by those who seek to manipulate him via his youth for their own gain and he isnt even aware of it stands testimont to the folly of youth. His behaviour I have witnessed first hand and this is another matter no doubt we agree on. Very remiscent of Darren Hughes, promised the earth and now left in the shadows.

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    • Watchman says:

      Ah, Darren the Defector! I don’t think Beck will or can jump ship. who’d have him? The discredited Labour party is welcome to keep him.

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  3. hilary estrada-haigh says:

    Re the letter from Andrew Denniff, Where are the qualifications of Shouter Beck listed – nowhere. Is that because he does not have any? Business Advisor at 19 yrs – It makes one wonder what the rest of the Chamber consist of. Widely respected and valued = Not at Rotherham MBC nor Anston Parish Council. Look at the video on Love Dinnington and see his ineptitude at chairing a Parish Council Meeting. Yes it does make one wonder what the rest of the Chamber consist of.

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    • Stuart Hale says:

      The chamber of commerce is nothing more than a platform for self serving, self promoting individuals who consider themselves to be far more important than they actually are. Not dismilar to local authorities really, Beck will fit right in.

      I speak as an MD of two successful limited companies. Incidentally, bar a child genius/entrepreneur, no 21 year old has the required skills be that life, vocational or academic to be given / suceed within a local authority cabinet role IMO. The fact he’s been removed from post proves my point.

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    • Watchman says:

      Thank you for your comment Stuart.You make some interesting and valid comments about the B&RCC and Beck’s lack of experiences and his lack of people skills is most evident at APC meetings.

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  4. Insider says:

    I don’t expect Dalton to show any remorse or humility if and when she makes her statement on Monday. The problem Labour councillors have is it is always the fault of ‘someone else’ when they are caught bang to rights, it is never their crass stupidity, inability to do the job or greed that leads to their downfall. We can be pretty sure she’ll mention bullying, Independent councillor(s) and ‘hostile’ members of the public. No change there.
    It would be difficult to meet a more arrogant woman and someone who is full of her own self importance, her ineffective and hectoring style of chairmanship are lessons in How Not To Chair A Meeting.
    Two questions arise from her departure: Will APC save £2,000 by scrapping ‘Dalton’s Day’ ie The annual bash in the Parish grounds and what happens to the skatepark committee she and her bag carrier Miles Manship have spent months publicising? Dalton cannot nor should not continue to lead the skatepark fiasco so either it dies a death or APC Labour councillors will have to appoint A.N.Other to spend our money.

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  5. hilary estrada-haigh says:

    The ineffectual Liz O’Brian should go and also Liz Bridges – What questions have they asked about Child Sexual Exploitation of our disgraceful Borough Councillors whilst on the Anston Parish Council? None. What about Iain St John the ex mayor, Robin Stonebridge Head of Scrutiny at Rotherham Borough Council both Borough councillors whilst these heinous crimes were being perpetrated on young children. Jo Burton, who just sits there grinning about the whole matter, she was Senior Advisor to the disgraced Shaun Wright, What did she do?, What did they all do?. – Nothing Both Prof Alexis Jay and Louise Casey CB say the council knew that children were being exploited for sex SO What Did This Lot Do – NOTHING – IGNORED CHILDREN BEING HORRIBLY RAPED, MOLESTED and in some cases MUTILATED. They kept quiet to safeguard their pay cheques – Well call it Karma, call it God but What goes round comes round.

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  6. Dave Gregory says:

    Cllr Havenhand of Dinnington went last night also. Let’s hope the rest follow.

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  7. S Thornton says:

    She has gone now.
    Her twitter indicates she has decided to stand down, utter tosh, she has been de-selected by the Labour Party. She was more toxic than a Nuclear Power station in melt down.
    Its said she is to make a statement at Anston Parish Council on Monday night, lets predict the future, “she will blame the Public”.
    We just need the resignations of the other toxic Cllrs now, St John, Burton,Stonebridge and our very own discredited RMBC Cabinet Member Beck, Time to go,

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    • Watchman says:

      Good news indeed! I wonder if RMBC’s Legal Dept.investigations into her ‘Gangs and Grooming’ business (which she did not declare in the Register of Interests) also helped to end her inglorious political career?

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    • ukipactivist says:

      Beck’s head must have swelled beyond all proportions following his appearance on the front page of the Times. A 21 with no life experiences, in charge of business, “Carry on Rotherham”.

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    • Watchman says:

      The Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce is very happy to have Beck as a member. They are intent on ignoring his record as an RMBC (failed) councillor.

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    • hilary estrada-haigh says:

      Beck was Business Advisor at Rotherham & Barnsley Chamber of Trade/Commerce at the tender age of 19. I think questions are in order to ask – What qualifications did he have for this job and who appointed him.

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    • Watchman says:

      This has been forwarded to me.
      ‘Dominic Beck was appointed to the Chamber in March 2012 and has proved to be a valued and respected member of our team, both with colleagues and the wider Chamber membership.
      In respect of your comments on membership of the board, all our non-executive directors are long serving, senior members of the Chamber and are elected by their peers within the business community to represent their interests.
      With regards to the activities of Anston Parish Council I have no comment to make’.

      Regards
      Andrew Denniff. Executive Director

      See my previous comment on the Boy Blunder.

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