Basildon Tories accused of rushing through crucial town-centre plans

Echo: Tories attacked over town plans Tories attacked over town plans

TORIES on Basildon Council have been accused of rushing through crucial town-centre plans, just weeks before elections could see the party kicked out.

The planning application for the relocation of Basildon Market, so crucial to plans for a town-centre college and a 725-home estate in Dry Street, is coming before Basildon Council’s development control committee next Tuesday.

The plans were vetoed by the committee at the end of February, due to concerns over the design and look of the market.

Basildon Town Centre Management, which owns the market, has come back with a new battleplan, including dropping the number of permanent stalls from 51 to 46, and removing a proposed fence around the site, replacing it with CCTV cameras.

But according to residents and opposition councillors, the authority should not be debating the plans so close to borough council elections on May 22, where if the Tories lose three of the 11 seats they are defending and make no gains, they will lose overall control.

Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group, said: “To be deciding this at the fag-end of this administration is just sneaky and underhand.

“There is no reason why they can’t wait until the end of May.

“It is riding roughshod over democracy and means they are making a huge political decision when they could be out of power in a few weeks’ time.”

If the market moves from its current site in Market Place, it will pave the way for South Essex College to build a £30million town-centre campus in its place.

It will mean the college selling its current Netherymane site to developers, which will kickstart the development of the 725-home estate in Dry Street, as the college site forms part the project.

The Echo understands that cash promised from the college to the market will be withdrawn if planning permission is not given for the market relocation by 2015.

Dry Street campaigner Danny Lovey said: “I am sure the administration will ensure the membership of the committee will push the plans through as it is a central core policy so Dry Street can be built.”

The new application proposes fewer stalls so there is a view through the market, and seven fewer trees will be cut down following criticism, meaning only 20 will face the axe.

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: “Labour have predetermined how they are going to vote when applications should be voted on by merit.

“The last application wasn’t very good and we showed that by voting it down, but hopefully this has given the market a kick up the butt.”

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1:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members?

No surprises there then...
What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members? No surprises there then... Howard Cháse
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4:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

And they've only just cottoned on, money for old rope, even if we aren't re-elected, we have made bank vaults, out of the last ten years, early retirement after my holidays...
And they've only just cottoned on, money for old rope, even if we aren't re-elected, we have made bank vaults, out of the last ten years, early retirement after my holidays... CarnMountification
  • Score: 0

9:04pm Mon 21 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members?

No surprises there then...
Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares!

Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet?
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members? No surprises there then...[/p][/quote]Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares! Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public.

I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around.

And why destroy trees?

Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties. Abington86
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Abington86 wrote:
It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public.

I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around.

And why destroy trees?

Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then.

When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion.

When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities.

Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible.

Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping.

She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet...

The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side.

I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people.

As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise.

You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself.

It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies.

I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change.

When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
[quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

2:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group, said: “To be deciding this at the fag-end of this administration is just sneaky and underhand."

Coming from Labour this is a bit rich.

Their last administration left Basildon in debt, run down and with not a single council house built.

Let's get real.

If this is Labour posturing about regaining control of Basildon council, all indications on the doorstep are that that will not be happening.

Not with the Labour rottweilers running loose on the doorstep, alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes.

And which Labour councillor does THAT remind you of?
"Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group, said: “To be deciding this at the fag-end of this administration is just sneaky and underhand." Coming from Labour this is a bit rich. Their last administration left Basildon in debt, run down and with not a single council house built. Let's get real. If this is Labour posturing about regaining control of Basildon council, all indications on the doorstep are that that will not be happening. Not with the Labour rottweilers running loose on the doorstep, alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes. And which Labour councillor does THAT remind you of? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

2:20pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

...and before you start moaning that I am talking down Labour and therefore contradicting myself, as I said, I do when there is reason to - and from the performances I have seen both inside and outside the council chamber recently - I am in a position to comment as I speak from VERY personal experience.
...and before you start moaning that I am talking down Labour and therefore contradicting myself, as I said, I do when there is reason to - and from the performances I have seen both inside and outside the council chamber recently - I am in a position to comment as I speak from VERY personal experience. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

2:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members?

No surprises there then...
Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares!

Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet?
Oh do pipe down.

Cruel my ****.

Not half as cruel as some of the things I've seen emanating from there with my own eyes in my SIX years of hell. And the repercussions that followed - and NOT what you might be thinking because the one thing you are good at is assuming.

Once again you talk from NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER, just opinion based on a load of waffle.

And if you think you can do ANY better at running things from the Bas Centre, get yourself elected (if you can).

However, with a outlook like yours, you wouldn't stand a cat in hell's of winning because you are a raving leftie - and they are now very much on the back foot judging by what I hear on the doorsteps.

People like you make me laugh. You have never stood for or held public office. Never campaigned for anything. Never put your head above the parapet. I have done all of the above. And I am STILL listening to people's views every day and the MAJority of people are the total opposite of you.

All you do is carp on here - under a series of pseudonyms - and talk the most unbelievable cr@p.

I am not for one minute defending Tony Ball or anyone else in this comment. I am merely stating a fact.

What do you ACTUALLY do - apart from talk nonsense on here?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members? No surprises there then...[/p][/quote]Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares! Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet?[/p][/quote]Oh do pipe down. Cruel my ****. Not half as cruel as some of the things I've seen emanating from there with my own eyes in my SIX years of hell. And the repercussions that followed - and NOT what you might be thinking because the one thing you are good at is assuming. Once again you talk from NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER, just opinion based on a load of waffle. And if you think you can do ANY better at running things from the Bas Centre, get yourself elected (if you can). However, with a outlook like yours, you wouldn't stand a cat in hell's of winning because you are a raving leftie - and they are now very much on the back foot judging by what I hear on the doorsteps. People like you make me laugh. You have never stood for or held public office. Never campaigned for anything. Never put your head above the parapet. I have done all of the above. And I am STILL listening to people's views every day and the MAJority of people are the total opposite of you. All you do is carp on here - under a series of pseudonyms - and talk the most unbelievable cr@p. I am not for one minute defending Tony Ball or anyone else in this comment. I am merely stating a fact. What do you ACTUALLY do - apart from talk nonsense on here? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

6:04pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
If Councillor Larkin has ever represented The Queen then heaven help us.

Councillor Larkin is RUDE. You Ms Gandy have been at many of the same council meetings as I have and she is impossibly rude to those that cannot answer back. Listen to the tapes of the meetings. She is also barely capable of stringing half a dozen words together to make sense. She makes a massive fact that she does not claim expenses but she does claim her allowance. This allowance is greater than the basic state pension for a single person. She does not have a driver - and are you entirely certain that she is entitled to one? - she was driven around by her partner and we all know about him. She clearly is no judge of character. Difficult for a magistrate dont you think?
She is only the Mayor as Tony Ball wants to keep her from moving to another party and threatening his majority She has a history of changing party allegiences doesn't she. Is there any major party that she has not belonged to?

As for the chain of office. Are you sure it wasn't bought on a plane on the way back from somewhere? It is tacky enough.

She can hardly be considered to hold down a demanding job. The 'office manager' for a small family run business. Not as demanding as perhaps a nurse, or a teacher or a carer is it.

No she is a very bad Mayor for the borough. She has embarassed both herself and the town on far too many occasions.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]If Councillor Larkin has ever represented The Queen then heaven help us. Councillor Larkin is RUDE. You Ms Gandy have been at many of the same council meetings as I have and she is impossibly rude to those that cannot answer back. Listen to the tapes of the meetings. She is also barely capable of stringing half a dozen words together to make sense. She makes a massive fact that she does not claim expenses but she does claim her allowance. This allowance is greater than the basic state pension for a single person. She does not have a driver - and are you entirely certain that she is entitled to one? - she was driven around by her partner and we all know about him. She clearly is no judge of character. Difficult for a magistrate dont you think? She is only the Mayor as Tony Ball wants to keep her from moving to another party and threatening his majority She has a history of changing party allegiences doesn't she. Is there any major party that she has not belonged to? As for the chain of office. Are you sure it wasn't bought on a plane on the way back from somewhere? It is tacky enough. She can hardly be considered to hold down a demanding job. The 'office manager' for a small family run business. Not as demanding as perhaps a nurse, or a teacher or a carer is it. No she is a very bad Mayor for the borough. She has embarassed both herself and the town on far too many occasions. Abington86
  • Score: 5

8:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote:
It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public.

I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around.

And why destroy trees?

Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then.

When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion.

When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities.

Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible.

Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping.

She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet...

The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side.

I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people.

As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise.

You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself.

It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies.

I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change.

When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
It is not that long ago when you didn't have a good word to say about Larkins and now look at you!

Hypocrite!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]It is not that long ago when you didn't have a good word to say about Larkins and now look at you! Hypocrite! ThisYear
  • Score: 4

8:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group, said: “To be deciding this at the fag-end of this administration is just sneaky and underhand."

Coming from Labour this is a bit rich.

Their last administration left Basildon in debt, run down and with not a single council house built.

Let's get real.

If this is Labour posturing about regaining control of Basildon council, all indications on the doorstep are that that will not be happening.

Not with the Labour rottweilers running loose on the doorstep, alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes.

And which Labour councillor does THAT remind you of?
"alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes"

Heedless of irony a bit aren't you Gandy?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Nigel Smith, leader of the Labour group, said: “To be deciding this at the fag-end of this administration is just sneaky and underhand." Coming from Labour this is a bit rich. Their last administration left Basildon in debt, run down and with not a single council house built. Let's get real. If this is Labour posturing about regaining control of Basildon council, all indications on the doorstep are that that will not be happening. Not with the Labour rottweilers running loose on the doorstep, alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes. And which Labour councillor does THAT remind you of?[/p][/quote]"alienating people with overbearing and dictatorial attitudes" Heedless of irony a bit aren't you Gandy? ThisYear
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members?

No surprises there then...
Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares!

Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet?
Oh do pipe down.

Cruel my ****.

Not half as cruel as some of the things I've seen emanating from there with my own eyes in my SIX years of hell. And the repercussions that followed - and NOT what you might be thinking because the one thing you are good at is assuming.

Once again you talk from NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER, just opinion based on a load of waffle.

And if you think you can do ANY better at running things from the Bas Centre, get yourself elected (if you can).

However, with a outlook like yours, you wouldn't stand a cat in hell's of winning because you are a raving leftie - and they are now very much on the back foot judging by what I hear on the doorsteps.

People like you make me laugh. You have never stood for or held public office. Never campaigned for anything. Never put your head above the parapet. I have done all of the above. And I am STILL listening to people's views every day and the MAJority of people are the total opposite of you.

All you do is carp on here - under a series of pseudonyms - and talk the most unbelievable cr@p.

I am not for one minute defending Tony Ball or anyone else in this comment. I am merely stating a fact.

What do you ACTUALLY do - apart from talk nonsense on here?
"Cruel my ****"

I would not be the slightest surprised!

In your six years of 'hell' did you ever consider going back to Yorkshire where you are from? If you couldn't get on with people from Basildon.

My post content is from knowledge and experience..

In my opinion you were part of a form of educational apartheid at a school in Basildon and I believe your lack of restraint has led you to be 'person non grata' in the political sphere....the info on the internet seems to suggest that those who some may see as extreme groups have disassociated themselves with you.

Im quite sure , in my opinion, going off your behaviour as a school governor and your comments on here and other forums, that you would be unlikely to pass vetting to take part in anyway such school scheme again. Person non grata?

You have never explained! Why?

How do you know I have never stood or held public office? never campagined etc etc

Remind us; What were you again? A non-political councillor? Like to tell us just what that is? You have been asked it 5 times now and yet you refuse to reply to the question...why?

Perhaps those 'telling you things' are not aware of your history or ideology.

I have but one user name..and that is all I need to deal with your type.

My business is just that...my business and if I were to pick someone on here to know my business you would be even further back than the last person I would tell.

In my opinion you are a despicable human being..probably I'll
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: What? Alleged shenanigans from our reviled leader and his fellow ale and pies club members? No surprises there then...[/p][/quote]Hopefully ball will be bouncing out of the council forever..no MP status for him on the back of his cruel eviction of people off their own land.. while already planning to sell off greenbelt land by the hectares! Has everyone finally caught on to the tactic used yet?[/p][/quote]Oh do pipe down. Cruel my ****. Not half as cruel as some of the things I've seen emanating from there with my own eyes in my SIX years of hell. And the repercussions that followed - and NOT what you might be thinking because the one thing you are good at is assuming. Once again you talk from NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER, just opinion based on a load of waffle. And if you think you can do ANY better at running things from the Bas Centre, get yourself elected (if you can). However, with a outlook like yours, you wouldn't stand a cat in hell's of winning because you are a raving leftie - and they are now very much on the back foot judging by what I hear on the doorsteps. People like you make me laugh. You have never stood for or held public office. Never campaigned for anything. Never put your head above the parapet. I have done all of the above. And I am STILL listening to people's views every day and the MAJority of people are the total opposite of you. All you do is carp on here - under a series of pseudonyms - and talk the most unbelievable cr@p. I am not for one minute defending Tony Ball or anyone else in this comment. I am merely stating a fact. What do you ACTUALLY do - apart from talk nonsense on here?[/p][/quote]"Cruel my ****" I would not be the slightest surprised! In your six years of 'hell' did you ever consider going back to Yorkshire where you are from? If you couldn't get on with people from Basildon. My post content is from knowledge and experience.. In my opinion you were part of a form of educational apartheid at a school in Basildon and I believe your lack of restraint has led you to be 'person non grata' in the political sphere....the info on the internet seems to suggest that those who some may see as extreme groups have disassociated themselves with you. Im quite sure , in my opinion, going off your behaviour as a school governor and your comments on here and other forums, that you would be unlikely to pass vetting to take part in anyway such school scheme again. Person non grata? You have never explained! Why? How do you know I have never stood or held public office? never campagined etc etc Remind us; What were you again? A non-political councillor? Like to tell us just what that is? You have been asked it 5 times now and yet you refuse to reply to the question...why? Perhaps those 'telling you things' are not aware of your history or ideology. I have but one user name..and that is all I need to deal with your type. My business is just that...my business and if I were to pick someone on here to know my business you would be even further back than the last person I would tell. In my opinion you are a despicable human being..probably I'll ThisYear
  • Score: 7

8:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Abington86 wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
If Councillor Larkin has ever represented The Queen then heaven help us.

Councillor Larkin is RUDE. You Ms Gandy have been at many of the same council meetings as I have and she is impossibly rude to those that cannot answer back. Listen to the tapes of the meetings. She is also barely capable of stringing half a dozen words together to make sense. She makes a massive fact that she does not claim expenses but she does claim her allowance. This allowance is greater than the basic state pension for a single person. She does not have a driver - and are you entirely certain that she is entitled to one? - she was driven around by her partner and we all know about him. She clearly is no judge of character. Difficult for a magistrate dont you think?
She is only the Mayor as Tony Ball wants to keep her from moving to another party and threatening his majority She has a history of changing party allegiences doesn't she. Is there any major party that she has not belonged to?

As for the chain of office. Are you sure it wasn't bought on a plane on the way back from somewhere? It is tacky enough.

She can hardly be considered to hold down a demanding job. The 'office manager' for a small family run business. Not as demanding as perhaps a nurse, or a teacher or a carer is it.

No she is a very bad Mayor for the borough. She has embarassed both herself and the town on far too many occasions.
Her and Ga Ga Gandy seem a match
[quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]If Councillor Larkin has ever represented The Queen then heaven help us. Councillor Larkin is RUDE. You Ms Gandy have been at many of the same council meetings as I have and she is impossibly rude to those that cannot answer back. Listen to the tapes of the meetings. She is also barely capable of stringing half a dozen words together to make sense. She makes a massive fact that she does not claim expenses but she does claim her allowance. This allowance is greater than the basic state pension for a single person. She does not have a driver - and are you entirely certain that she is entitled to one? - she was driven around by her partner and we all know about him. She clearly is no judge of character. Difficult for a magistrate dont you think? She is only the Mayor as Tony Ball wants to keep her from moving to another party and threatening his majority She has a history of changing party allegiences doesn't she. Is there any major party that she has not belonged to? As for the chain of office. Are you sure it wasn't bought on a plane on the way back from somewhere? It is tacky enough. She can hardly be considered to hold down a demanding job. The 'office manager' for a small family run business. Not as demanding as perhaps a nurse, or a teacher or a carer is it. No she is a very bad Mayor for the borough. She has embarassed both herself and the town on far too many occasions.[/p][/quote]Her and Ga Ga Gandy seem a match ThisYear
  • Score: 6

9:47pm Tue 22 Apr 14

TheWizzard says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote:
It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public.

I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around.

And why destroy trees?

Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then.

When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion.

When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities.

Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible.

Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping.

She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet...

The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side.

I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people.

As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise.

You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself.

It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies.

I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change.

When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM

Kim Gandy says...
Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people. TheWizzard
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Tue 22 Apr 14

TheWizzard says...

sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon.

Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps?
sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps? TheWizzard
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Black Crow says...

TheWizzard wrote:
sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon.

Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps?
There could be some truth that Mrs Larkin is going to jump ship if the tories lose control of the council and become a ukip councillor. Maybe thats why Kim is defending and praising the mayor
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps?[/p][/quote]There could be some truth that Mrs Larkin is going to jump ship if the tories lose control of the council and become a ukip councillor. Maybe thats why Kim is defending and praising the mayor Black Crow
  • Score: 3

10:39pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

TheWizzard wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote:
It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public.

I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around.

And why destroy trees?

Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then.

When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion.

When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities.

Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible.

Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping.

She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet...

The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side.

I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people.

As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise.

You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself.

It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies.

I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change.

When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM

Kim Gandy says...
Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.
Gandy re: Larkin

"Yet another turncoat and hypocrite"

AND

"Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people"

In which post is she lying?
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.[/p][/quote]Gandy re: Larkin "Yet another turncoat and hypocrite" AND "Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people" In which post is she lying? ThisYear
  • Score: 5

10:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

TheWizzard wrote:
sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon.

Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps?
Bought and sold for homemade lasagne..
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. Brilliant cook eh, been round there for dinner perhaps?[/p][/quote]Bought and sold for homemade lasagne.. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

11:57pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Devils Advocate says...

Why oh why do we always end up reading Kim Gandy's political broadcast about her obvious idol, Mare Larkin. She is a Tory councillor, a Mayor for the Tory Party and as such, is in a Political occupation. As such, she is liable to be commented on if any of the constituents feel she is not doing her job the way she should be. Why do the people on here who are trying to discuss what seems to be happening with regard to the market move have to read the war and peace edition of "Ma Larkin, This is you life" as told by Kim "Eamon" Gandy?
Kim you have your thoughts and the rest of us have our beliefs. Why be so bitter if our thoughts do not coincide with yours? Oh, and I was at the soldiers visit to our town centre last year!
Why oh why do we always end up reading Kim Gandy's political broadcast about her obvious idol, Mare Larkin. She is a Tory councillor, a Mayor for the Tory Party and as such, is in a Political occupation. As such, she is liable to be commented on if any of the constituents feel she is not doing her job the way she should be. Why do the people on here who are trying to discuss what seems to be happening with regard to the market move have to read the war and peace edition of "Ma Larkin, This is you life" as told by Kim "Eamon" Gandy? Kim you have your thoughts and the rest of us have our beliefs. Why be so bitter if our thoughts do not coincide with yours? Oh, and I was at the soldiers visit to our town centre last year! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 5

8:02am Wed 23 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

TheWizzard wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.
Did Ms Gandy really write this?

Good heavens its like she agrees with what I (and very many others) think about Mayor Larkin. What can have happened to change her mind?

Quite extraordinary isnt it.
[quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.[/p][/quote]Did Ms Gandy really write this? Good heavens its like she agrees with what I (and very many others) think about Mayor Larkin. What can have happened to change her mind? Quite extraordinary isnt it. Abington86
  • Score: 4

11:05am Wed 23 Apr 14

TheWizzard says...

Headley, Arnold, Allen, Dornan, Morris, the five tory councillors that voted this through, all live north of the 127 so no surprise there
Headley, Arnold, Allen, Dornan, Morris, the five tory councillors that voted this through, all live north of the 127 so no surprise there TheWizzard
  • Score: 4

11:24am Wed 23 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

I don't knoe why the main beltstrainers at the Council are worried they all live in solid Tory voting areas.

Other beltstrainers might be panicking but not Bulldozer, Blakey and Buckethead surely.
I don't knoe why the main beltstrainers at the Council are worried they all live in solid Tory voting areas. Other beltstrainers might be panicking but not Bulldozer, Blakey and Buckethead surely. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

5:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

Ms Gandy makes mention of a portrait paid for by 'friends' of the Mayor. Where is this portrait? It would make interesting viewing.
Ms Gandy makes mention of a portrait paid for by 'friends' of the Mayor. Where is this portrait? It would make interesting viewing. Abington86
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Wed 23 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Abington86 wrote:
TheWizzard wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Abington86 wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.
I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.
Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.
Did Ms Gandy really write this?

Good heavens its like she agrees with what I (and very many others) think about Mayor Larkin. What can have happened to change her mind?

Quite extraordinary isnt it.
Perhaps Mo served her crusty bread with the lasagne?
[quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheWizzard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: It seems that Councillor Ball went to the same school as Councillor Larkin. 'This will give the market a kick up the butt.' No Councillor, a kick up the butt is not a good thing. Do some research before trying to appeal to Joe Public. I am wondering if the Councillors have asked the residents if they want the market moved there? I certainly don't. The market is a shadow of its former self. I doubt very much if anyone would miss it if it wasnt around. And why destroy trees? Basildon Council really is run by numpties.[/p][/quote]I suggest you do some research then. When you have spent as much of your own personal money and spent as much of your own time doing things for Basildon (most of which goes unreported as a significant amount of just mundane stuff goes on away from cameras) as Cllr Larkin does, then perhaps you might have a valid opinion. When you have represented the Queen, promoting Basildon far and wide - even as far as France (and funded it yourself), forged good business links, promoted and worked for charities - and held down a demanding job at the same time - then perhaps you too could comment on the realities. Far from being the usual sort of public purse wallah who does nothing for anybody like a lot of politicians, Mrs Larkin is an interesting, well mannered and pleasant person, with a meaningful life and has given much to other people. There are all sorts of things not commonly known about her like for example, she holds a pilot's licence, is a brilliant cook, a very hospitable and presentable person and always looks good when representing Basildon. That is something that IS visible. Cllr Larkin doesn't have a chauffeur driven limo, livery, or expense account. Her chain of office and portrait were paid for by friends, not the public purse and at least decent, ordinary people who work in the town come up and chat to her when she's out shopping. She is widely known and liked in Basildon but then if you just believe what you read in the media and take it all as 100 percent. And ESPECIALLY the drivel you find on the internet... The stories that have circulated over the past year have all had two, not one, side. I do not belong, by PERSONAL CHOICE, to any political party because I don't like any of them - but I have friends of different political outlooks and I have always found Mo Larkin to be a thoroughly nice,genuinely interested person. There's no snobbery or one upmanship, not like some public figures and she always has time to chat to people. And not just politicians. She actually prefers talking to REAL people. As for the meals at George Hurd, there are more than two sides to that story and she is STILL president of Age Matters and is still dealing with these issues despite reports otherwise. You can make any damning comment or thumbs down you like to this. As usual, I couldn't care less ... but I hate to see someone being dragged down , particularly by folk who don't know them. I know how it feels and that is why I will fight back for others as well as myself. It happens to me all the time but I'm happy to say, as with Mrs Larkin, I meet some fantastic people too so it outweighs the idiots and harpies. I get so sick of seeing people talked down for no good reason on these pages, I thought it might be nice to talk somebody up for a change. When they deserve talking down, that's a different matter.[/p][/quote]Just to remind people what kim thought of mo when she got the BEM Kim Gandy says... Good God , so she's got an "Other B****ers; Efforts" has she? All this from somebody who changes sides of the political fence like other people change their underwear. Somebody who cannot stand any form of criticism and bawls and shouts if somebody counters what she says - yet it's all right for her to say what she thinks about others. Yet another turncoat and hypocrite. These people make me sick. Why do people keep voting them into office? It's time for something new.. same old mindset every time keeps Basildon in the grip of self serving Tories and their cronies in Limpdums and nuLiebour. Time these chummies were wiped out of local and national government and replaced with something more in touch with real people.[/p][/quote]Did Ms Gandy really write this? Good heavens its like she agrees with what I (and very many others) think about Mayor Larkin. What can have happened to change her mind? Quite extraordinary isnt it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps Mo served her crusty bread with the lasagne? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

9:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Abington86 wrote:
Ms Gandy makes mention of a portrait paid for by 'friends' of the Mayor. Where is this portrait? It would make interesting viewing.
"Where is this portrait?"

Madam Tussaud's...down in the horror basement, next to the portrait of the 'Phantom camel of old Whitechapel'
[quote][p][bold]Abington86[/bold] wrote: Ms Gandy makes mention of a portrait paid for by 'friends' of the Mayor. Where is this portrait? It would make interesting viewing.[/p][/quote]"Where is this portrait?" Madam Tussaud's...down in the horror basement, next to the portrait of the 'Phantom camel of old Whitechapel' ThisYear
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Abington86 says...

Oh dear. Ms Gandy was right. Where The Lord Lieutenant is not present then the Larkin woman wearing her plastic chain of office is indeed a representative of The Queen.

This means that when she was doing whatever it was she claimed she was doing on her phone on Armed Forces Day she was the big cheese.

However I can safely say that none of us have ever seen The Queen 'on duty' on her phone.

I think that this makes Larkins behaviour even worse. She wasnt just representing Basildon wearing a bad hat but was representing The Monarch. As i said above - Heaven help us.
Oh dear. Ms Gandy was right. Where The Lord Lieutenant is not present then the Larkin woman wearing her plastic chain of office is indeed a representative of The Queen. This means that when she was doing whatever it was she claimed she was doing on her phone on Armed Forces Day she was the big cheese. However I can safely say that none of us have ever seen The Queen 'on duty' on her phone. I think that this makes Larkins behaviour even worse. She wasnt just representing Basildon wearing a bad hat but was representing The Monarch. As i said above - Heaven help us. Abington86
  • Score: 1

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