Whilst most people were enjoying Easter Holiday Monday with their friends and families our intrepid hero Sir Nutkin (aka Sir Kev Barron) and his Campaign Manager Michael Denoual-not sure how it is pronounced so for the purposes of this narrative he’s Michael Denial (It fits with Labour’s mindset over the CSE scandal) and RMBC Labour candidate Robert Taylor were door knocking on The Oval in Anston. There was Mr.Denial with his copy of the Electoral roll telling Sir Nutkin the name of the homeowner so he (Sir Kev) could greet them by name before trying to cajole/persuade them to Vote For Me. Nice,friendly Sir Nutkin ‘he knows my name’. What a nice man. Allegedly. I understand the reaction to Sir Nutkin’s presence was; He’s-Never-Been-Round-Here-Before? He’s a worried man and so he should be. His silence when the Rotherham CSE scandal broke speaks volumes. Sir Kev insists he knew nothing about the level of exploitation that was going on for sixteen years, aside from one case in 2003 which he referred to South Yorkshire Police. Yet Barron’s daughter Amy Rushworth, who has been on the council since 2000, and his brother Colin who has only recently left his position, were both Labour councillors who sat on the children’s committee during the period covered in the investigation by Alexis Jay. The pair were both present at what Jay describes as “unambiguous” presentations in 2004-5 following which no councillor could plead they didn’t know about child sexual exploitation in the borough. But neither of them told Sir Nutkin any details of what was taking place in the constituency he represents. Allegedly.
Sir Nutkin did not even have his hangers-on Dalton and Beck to help him (Dalton was probably totting up the profits from her gangs and grooming business and Beck might have been planning his next career move up from failed councillor) as he trudged round The Oval door knocking in the warm sunshine and being rebuffed. Robert Taylor (Who he?) was like a fish out of water and much prefers to be seen with Sir Nutkin instead of making the effort to understand the problems facing Anston and Anston Parish Council.*Edit* Robert Taylor is a resident of ASTON and knows absolutely nothing about ANSTON and WOODSETTS. The Labour party is so desperate for candidates it is parachuting in anybody and everybody who is prepared to stand as a Labour party candidate. With Dalton as Taylor’s mentor we won’t hold our breaths waiting for things to improve.