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Peraleen Sangha TwitterMore news from the soap opera that is Swansea Labour Party. You will recall that in earlier episodes we met those bright young things Pearleen Sangha (@PearleenSangha), “Big fan of Ray-Ban eyewear”; Mitchell Theaker (@mitchelltheaker), “Labourite and gin lover”; and John Bayliss (@JohnCBayliss), “LGBT campaigner”; all students at Swansea University when they were elected to the council last May. (Click to enlarge images.) These three are devoted to, in order of precedence: 1/ preening and promoting themselves, 2/ helping the good times roll, 3/ student politics, 4/ the internal bitching of the Labour Party (at a ‘national’ level), 5/ assorted rightMitchell Theaker Twitter-on causes, 6/ enriching the shysters of the wind con racket.

Although, nominally, Swansea councillors, these three don’t give a lot of thought to the city and its people. Swansea council merely gives them a platform from which to giggle and gossip with slightly more credibility about what really interests them . . . be that gin, Gay ‘rights’, bars and restaurants, the next yoof commissar of the Labour Party, feminism, name-dropping, recipies, etc., etc. That’s the thing you notice when you look over their tweets, there are virtually no references to the city they’re supposed to be serving, unless it can be used to promote one of their pJohn Bayliss Twitteret causes. Other than that, it’s all about enjoying themselves, but only with ‘their people’, as I’ll explain. Something else I should have mentioned is that they have opinions, on everything. They know nothing, but give out their views on everything. Take Pearleen Sangha, an American, living in Wales, but she has taken sides in the Scottish independence debate. No prizes for guessing . . .

They even use a cash-strapped city’s money to promote those ’causes’, and possibly to promote their friends. For it is rumoured that the soon to be announced GLBT Officer for the city will be a ‘friend’ of John Bayliss. Now of course, our three – and, it must be said, there are others – will argue that this new post is ‘serving Swansea’ . . . leaving us to wonder how the city could possibly have managed in the past without such an appoinSangha caketee.

And they do get about! ThiSangha Scots year alone, Pearleen Sangha has been home to California for a wedSangha weddingding, and was also in Leicester for the conference of Labour Yoof. A busy girl, Pearleen. Too busy to be a councillor on Saturdays, as one of her constituents found out recently – “Do you know what day it is?” the impudent constituent was told. I mean, bothering your globe-trotting councillor as she prepares for dinner with friends! Mitchell Theaker has been to India for a few weeks, empathising and meeting “bigwigs”. While John Bayliss has been home in Sussex for a while helping Labour candidates in the elections there next month. Of course it can be argued that while Bayliss is away the Uplands ward is in the delicate and fragrant hands of comrade Pearleen . . . unless of course anybody wants help on a Saturday. (The large photo of Councillor Bayliss below is taken from his blog. Quite franBayliss Eatbournekly, it’s toe-curlingly embarrassing. He looks like ‘the podgy one’ from a boy band, feigning modesty as Bayliss Ricardohe’s hailed by the total membership of his fan club.)

More thoughtful – cynical? (do I attract cynics?) – readers may at this point be asking themselves, ‘California, Leicester, India, Sussex . . . what the fuck has this got to do with running Swansea?’ A question more and more people are asking, even within the Labour Party.

Another thing you’ll notice by going through their tweets is that the Labour Party isn’t just the political party they belong to, it’s eBayliss Uplandsverything they are. They live on Planet Labour. One tweeter from the Labour Yoof shindig claimed that one third of all the people he knew were at the conference! That’s sad, and worrying. For here we have an organisation that has virtually cut itself off from the rest of society and whose members only mix with ‘their own’. This is New Labour’s gift to us all – a class of professional politicians for whom the talents of being glib and photogenic, being astute at networking and ruthless in back-stabbing, count for more than unBayliss Argentinaderstanding life outside the bubble. As it must, for they know nothing of life outside the bubble. It’s odious; almLuke Youngost incestuous.

Yet these middle-class kids are helping run Swansea. They puff and posture as the defenders of the downtrodden, people they would never mix with socially, but to whom they must pander because that’s where their votes come from. And it’s all feigned, all hypocrisy. All done to justify their hedonistic, gossipy lifestyles which, let me remind you, are being paid for by the citizens of Swansea.

GethingBefore we can achieve indepenTheaker Indiadence from England we must gain independence from a Labour Party that becomes less and less Welsh every year. As the Party fills up with careerists and chancers from outside Wales, and the disconnect between the party apparatus and its captive vote increases year on year, there is no longer any reason for Welsh people to vote Labour. If only we could offer them a viable alternative!

 

UPDATE 24.04.13: Someone phoned me to ask, ‘Why are they allowed to get away with it?’, meaning why aren’t the lotus eaters being reined in. The leader of the Labour group on Swansea council, and the council itself, is a scouser named David Phillips. I’m using a photo here that I’ve run across more than once. It shows him, steely-eyed, looking into the distance for foes to crush and challenges to overcome. Mussolini liked to be photographed in a similar pose. (I wonder how Phillips would look in a helmet?)David Phillips

You will remember that I wrote about him a while ago, when it was realised he wasn’t allowed to use the letters after his name that he’d been using to impress people since washing up in Swansea. Around the same time I heard that he’d turned up for the funeral of a former Labour councillor in a long, flapping, white trench coat, looking like an extra from a film noir. (Everyone else was in black.) And it should go without saying that his wife, Sybil Crouch, is also on the council, and a cabinet member.

So it would be pointless hoping for intervention from that quarter. Phillips is just another poseur. Swansea Labour Party is full of them now, all trying desperately to impress each other. They can’t pronounce Cwmrhydyceirw or Waunarlwydd, they know nothing of the history of Swansea, they don’t understand its people, but none of that matters. All that matters is that Labour now controls Swansea again. My city reduced to a ‘scalp’.This is ‘Welsh’ Labour 2013.

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Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish)
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What a bunch of scumbags. I had a quick look at the first two on the list. “Pearleen Sangha ‏@PearleenSangha 11 Apr I appeal to @UKLabour elected officials or staff-how many of you have casework on the #bedroomtax? I want to retweet all of your responses.” Those would be the Labour scumbags that didn’t actually oppose the bedroom tax then? And why would she care when her council isn’t actually… Read more »
Jac
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Exactly. These people are in denial about their own party.

Big Gee
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I’m a full on anti English-led Labour person (forget the tag “Welsh Labour” no such animal exists), I also loathe the way the Labour party has manipulated and exploited the poor working classes throughout it’s existence. HOWEVER most people in poorer areas of high unemployment have been brain-washed into believing that their only hope lies with the Labourite branch of politics – including Plaid Cymru in the modern era (the… Read more »
Welsh not British (@welshnotbritish)
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“Consequently your observation is a little distorted if I may say so. The reason why the Labour constituences are the ones that have 20%+ rates of poor children is because those children’s voting parents have put those people in power because they believe (wrongly) that they are the only party that can lift them out of their poverty.” I really don’t understand the point you are trying to make. There… Read more »
Big Gee
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The point is simple. Labour are in power where traditionally there are poor people – Kier Hardie the very first Labour MP got elected in 1900 on the ticket that his party would raise the poor people out of poverty in one of the most deprived areas of Wales at the time – Merthyr Tudfil. By the same token the other mob – the unprincipled millionaire toffs, landowners and industrialists… Read more »
El T
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I’m not sure how the Labour party get away with it. I mean, how can someone like Chris Bryant represent the Rhondda? I’m guessing that at least 90% of the people who live there don’t know who he is? Worrying stuff.

Jac
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For me, the real worry is that they do know who Chris Bryant is, but they still vote for him.

Greta
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Buy a light box and see your doctor about the benefits of anti-depressants.
There may be a Sad Old Git (SOG) support group near you.
The under 25 wearing a woolly hat looks old enough to get a free bus pass.

Jac
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Ooo! Get her!

D Morris
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We’re all aware that it’s not just the Labour party promoting their foreigners in our communities; all of the English parties do it because the passive Welsh allow it. If something is considered not worth fighting for then we deserve what we get.

vlad the impala
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The depressing thing is that the electorate – or that part of it which still bothers to vote – is so much on autopilot that they continuie to elect these freaks just because they’re Labour. It doesn’t say much for the other parties, esp Plaid, that they can’t break the spell of these nonentities. I’m thinking of voting UKIP just for the sheer hell of it.

Stirling Doss
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Might I suggest that getting a few younger people in as councillors is not such a bad thing? I don’t recognise a past golden heyday of administration at Swansea – I’m old enough to remember them all getting locked up for corruption in the 70s, hence the old joke about only getting a council quorum in the exercise yard. Also, I don’t think that the born in Wales, bred in… Read more »
Jac
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No problem with a few younger people as councillors, but don’t you think they ought to know the area they’re representing? Yes, yes, we’ve all heard the old jokes about Swansea council, ‘Best council money can buy’ and the rest. Truth is, Gerald Murphy did a bit of bird for being open to blandishments, and I think the chief executive also got caught accepting prezzies. Then the Ratepayers took over… Read more »
Shambo
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In part 7 I think you should take a look at some of the older generation of Labour councillors like deputy leader Christine Richards who is rarely seen in the civic centre but has become a permanent fixture in the council’s suite at Liberty Stadium. Also worth questioning the value of a Cabinet member for allotments.

Jac
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Might it not be the case that the “older”, more local, element in the Swansea Labour Party has been elbowed aside by the arrivistes? And what’s wrong with allotments? Don’t get Big Gee started!

Christine Richards
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Shambo – you’re wrong.

Stirling Doss
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Says it all really. I remember Murphy being filmed on Townhill gazing fondly down at the dog’s breakfast of a town below him – with scarcely a building of architectural merit – and saying “I’m very proud of all this”. I remember the agricultural land deals for councillors then, wondrous to behold, planning permission being granted a short while later. I remember the sewage companies being ‘given the nod’ to… Read more »
Cherry Hinton
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I remember Gerald Murphy I worked there during his reign and we do have him to thank for the South : Dock. reclaimation and the Marina -reviving the old buildings in Wind Street – community development was top of the list roads maintained, rubbish collected every week and staff were encouraged to be visionary and innovative. I always believed that politics should not be to the fore in local government… Read more »
Cherry Hinton
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P.s. Councillors were not paid and when the Ratepayers came into power they continued the work started by the previous administration., I strongly believe in supporting the person and not the party.

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