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Ian Hall (EDDC and DCC councillor for Axminster) has got himself in the news a lot recently with many, many press releases.
He wants all councillors to have (minimal) Disclosure and Barring Service checks at their own expense (even though the council’s officers say it is unnecessary and pointless).
Now, in an article that labels Axminster as “Crackminster” he declares himself an expert in “county lines” drug supply to the town. And disses “incomers” blaming them (and other feckless residents) for the town’s problems.
Rather than look at his town’s problems caused by Tory austerity (closed shops, closed sixth form at the school, closed factory (at which he once worked), large clone estates at every corner with no new facilities, closed community hospital beds, part-time police coverage … all the indications of deprivation and inequality .. . Who does he blame? He he blames the incomers that his party encouraged with its current and future overdevelopment and people who, he says, lack the community ethic and are workshy:
… “Axminster is a wonderful friendly town,” he says. “There is a tipping balance and it only takes one or two coming into the local area to tip the balance. But if they are coming here and adding something to the community I am all for it.” …
… [Ian Hall] says the town needs people who are prepared to work and buy into the community ethic and doesn’t have much time for those that don’t. …”
The article goes on:
“… House prices in Axminster tend to be higher than across the border but wages lower. Ian now travels to Chard in Somerset every day to work, making components for vacuum cleaners. A trip of just 14 minutes. … “
Smacks of ideas well above his party’s reduced police force and closed police stations to Owl. If house prices are high and wages low – who is to blame? Not the incomers who seem to be able to afford the houses with the loans given to them by his party, and who presumably also go to Chard and Exeter to work.
Oh, AND he’s on the town’s Regeneration Board, so he can do something about all these things!
Suddenly, he”s popping up everywhere and has (mainstream, very, very Tory or further right) ideas about everything are everywhere.
So – Police Commissioner? Next Leader of EDDC or DCC? Run against Neil Parish? Ruler of the Universe?
Whatever it is, if dissing his own town and blaming it on lack of community spirit and idleness of some of its residents will get him there – that will be fine, it seems.