Yesterday was a very strange day. It was a day when SMS tried to present a petition containing nearly 8000 signatures to Phil Simpkins (Chief Exec of Bedford Borough) having given him a week’s notice that a small delegation would be coming.
We requested that either Phil, the Mayor or the highest ranking person in the Borough should be there to accept the petition.
The notice we gave was also copied openly to the local press – newspapers, radio and TV and to all 3 MPs – Nadine, Alistair and Patrick.
So, at the appointed time, SMS arrived – about 25 adults and children – good-natured, happy, concerned taxpayers and voters. The sort of people that give up their time for their communities; help raise money for local charities; sit on parent-teacher committees or who are governors.
The Mayor was inside Borough Hall; SMS was outside.
A security guard emerged to say that only 2 people would be allowed inside to present the petition as agreed (?).
SMS asked if the Mayor would like to come outside.
A stand-off ensued for 5-10 minutes during which the assembled media seemed part amused, part astonished.
Eventually SMS walked inside to hand over the petition to see the Mayor scuttle away to leave “someone else” to accept it.
Scary people, these taxpayers and voters, with their “loaded” petitions.
This story could run and run (a bit like the Mayor)…but quite frankly, it’s just our senior local politician getting himself into a bit of a pickle. Remind us again why some of us voted for him?
Perhaps you would like to contact your local councillors to let them know what you think of this.