The sweet smell of a council tax freeze

Bournemouth Echo: Council leader John Beesley hopes to freeze bills for taxpayers Council leader John Beesley hopes to freeze bills for taxpayers

TODAY we publish a picture you probably never thought you’d see - the Tory leader of Bournemouth Council, John Beesley, with a halo over his head.

It’s a bit of fun of course, but the majority of council taxpayers in the borough are likely to be delighted that the council is set to freeze bills next year and absorb rises in the police and fire precepts.

Of course there’s a large slice of politics involved, especially in relation to Martyn Underhill’s recent PCC increase.

But in a week when other council leaders have lurched from crisis to fiasco, the shrewd Cllr Beesley has come up smelling of roses.

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9:40am Sat 15 Feb 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy.

So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire.
You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy. So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire. politicaltrainspotter

1:59pm Sat 15 Feb 14

retry69 says...

politicaltrainspotte
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You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy.

So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire.
Of course the problem with those in the political world (at least locally) is they cannot see past their own political agendas and now seem totally isolated from the real world and of no use to man/woman or beast. As the voting figures have shown over the last years,the lack of voting public shows how little faith or interest they have in the so called representatives of the people and now realise although they operated under various guises were actually all cons
[quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy. So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire.[/p][/quote]Of course the problem with those in the political world (at least locally) is they cannot see past their own political agendas and now seem totally isolated from the real world and of no use to man/woman or beast. As the voting figures have shown over the last years,the lack of voting public shows how little faith or interest they have in the so called representatives of the people and now realise although they operated under various guises were actually all cons retry69

2:34pm Sat 15 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

How disappointing, because this sounds unquestionably like blatant personal and/or political bias from the Echo Editorship. This is the second time in a few days the Echo has heaped sweet praise upon Mr Beesley and included the use of the word 'shrewd'.
I am confident many readers could come up with a lot of colourful words in such a description and 'shrewd' would certainly not be amongst them. Many of us see things in Bournemouth Town Hall very differently - we are not all blind, biased or stupid.
Do yourselves a favour Echo and remain politically neutral, contrary to any 'establishment' pressures - if only in appearance!
How disappointing, because this sounds unquestionably like blatant personal and/or political bias from the Echo Editorship. This is the second time in a few days the Echo has heaped sweet praise upon Mr Beesley and included the use of the word 'shrewd'. I am confident many readers could come up with a lot of colourful words in such a description and 'shrewd' would certainly not be amongst them. Many of us see things in Bournemouth Town Hall very differently - we are not all blind, biased or stupid. Do yourselves a favour Echo and remain politically neutral, contrary to any 'establishment' pressures - if only in appearance! muscliffman

5:27pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Rational? says...

And there's an election next year just after the next round of bills so probably no increase then either. How much will they have to go up by in 2016 to catch up with where they should be?
And there's an election next year just after the next round of bills so probably no increase then either. How much will they have to go up by in 2016 to catch up with where they should be? Rational?

6:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Oh, i forgot to mention.That if your deputy editor is as good as he was as a campaign manager then you'll soon be in administration.Just ask Nick.Ha.Ha.Ha.
Oh, i forgot to mention.That if your deputy editor is as good as he was as a campaign manager then you'll soon be in administration.Just ask Nick.Ha.Ha.Ha. politicaltrainspotter

5:49am Sun 16 Feb 14

Redgolfer says...

retry69 wrote:
politicaltrainspotte

r
wrote:
You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy.

So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire.
Of course the problem with those in the political world (at least locally) is they cannot see past their own political agendas and now seem totally isolated from the real world and of no use to man/woman or beast. As the voting figures have shown over the last years,the lack of voting public shows how little faith or interest they have in the so called representatives of the people and now realise although they operated under various guises were actually all cons
Echo, why do you not LICK HIS BOOTS, try to investigate all of his MISTAKES, no you give him free publicity, mark my words he will fall a-- over t-- very soon and maybe as you will be tarred with the same brush, your jobs will be at risk.
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]politicaltrainspotte r[/bold] wrote: You must think we are all stupid.For those in the political world all know your Deputy Editor is a tory with close connections to the administration.Hey, Andy. So a biased newspaper emerging and as i said Mr Underhill the 'Tory PCC manifesto will be pasted with this and your rise.But journalism like this could back fire.[/p][/quote]Of course the problem with those in the political world (at least locally) is they cannot see past their own political agendas and now seem totally isolated from the real world and of no use to man/woman or beast. As the voting figures have shown over the last years,the lack of voting public shows how little faith or interest they have in the so called representatives of the people and now realise although they operated under various guises were actually all cons[/p][/quote]Echo, why do you not LICK HIS BOOTS, try to investigate all of his MISTAKES, no you give him free publicity, mark my words he will fall a-- over t-- very soon and maybe as you will be tarred with the same brush, your jobs will be at risk. Redgolfer

1:22pm Sun 16 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

Like I said in a previous similar story...I dont understand having yet another freeze when the Echo reports that Childrens Social Care is £1m over budget now because of the big increases of children coming into care. Yet they are slashing budgets to the social care departments when more vulnerable people, young and old need help. Ive been told by those in the know that workers in these departments often have to buy their own stationary because the cupboard is literally that bare. Yet they are expected to keep people safe and even alive.

Still I dont expect many people care as long as the IMAX has now been pulled down and theres a neon sign on the way into town.
Like I said in a previous similar story...I dont understand having yet another freeze when the Echo reports that Childrens Social Care is £1m over budget now because of the big increases of children coming into care. Yet they are slashing budgets to the social care departments when more vulnerable people, young and old need help. Ive been told by those in the know that workers in these departments often have to buy their own stationary because the cupboard is literally that bare. Yet they are expected to keep people safe and even alive. Still I dont expect many people care as long as the IMAX has now been pulled down and theres a neon sign on the way into town. s-pb2

3:06pm Sun 16 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

There's little doubt that Beesley has the Echo editors firming under his thumb. At least the national newspapers are open and honest about their political allegiances whereas the Echo simply publishes politically biased Council press releases as news.
There's little doubt that Beesley has the Echo editors firming under his thumb. At least the national newspapers are open and honest about their political allegiances whereas the Echo simply publishes politically biased Council press releases as news. BmthNewshound

4:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Richard 1976 says...

Freezing council tax is all good and well but I would like to see things start happening in bournemouth.. Get the town centre sorted, get the traffic problems sorted, get tough with owners of derelict sites eg the cliff end hotel.. Stop tweaking round the edges trying to save a few quid here and there then wasting a load on an illuminated welcome sign. Bournemouth is a great place but it's council and it's members let it down considerably.
Freezing council tax is all good and well but I would like to see things start happening in bournemouth.. Get the town centre sorted, get the traffic problems sorted, get tough with owners of derelict sites eg the cliff end hotel.. Stop tweaking round the edges trying to save a few quid here and there then wasting a load on an illuminated welcome sign. Bournemouth is a great place but it's council and it's members let it down considerably. Richard 1976

7:39am Mon 17 Feb 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

"Council leader John Beesley hopes to freeze bills for taxpayers" the key word there is 'HOPES'

Maybe the 'shrewd' Cllr Beesley isn't so shrewd after all because his promise is about as cast iron as Cameron's referendum promise or Clegg's student fees promise of 2010, unless of course he happens to have a crystal ball and knows what is going to happen throughout 2014. I do suspect that halo is going to fall rather rapidly.
"Council leader John Beesley hopes to freeze bills for taxpayers" the key word there is 'HOPES' Maybe the 'shrewd' Cllr Beesley isn't so shrewd after all because his promise is about as cast iron as Cameron's referendum promise or Clegg's student fees promise of 2010, unless of course he happens to have a crystal ball and knows what is going to happen throughout 2014. I do suspect that halo is going to fall rather rapidly. Marty Caine UKIP

11:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14

UrbanCrab says...

hmm St John?? John the Baptist more like, "bring me the head of john on a platter", Salome.

What a load of nonsense echo.. Why don't you seriously investigate this man who is at the centre of so many controversies and allegations and disasters.
hmm St John?? John the Baptist more like, "bring me the head of john on a platter", Salome. What a load of nonsense echo.. Why don't you seriously investigate this man who is at the centre of so many controversies and allegations and disasters. UrbanCrab

12:20am Tue 18 Feb 14

jinglebell says...

If he "comes up smelling of roses", like roses, its because there is plenty of rotten horse sh*t at the roots, but when it gets dug out the stink is there for all the world to smell.
If he "comes up smelling of roses", like roses, its because there is plenty of rotten horse sh*t at the roots, but when it gets dug out the stink is there for all the world to smell. jinglebell

9:30am Tue 18 Feb 14

fartycat says...

Several people have linked to this story on my facebook feed and at first glance I though it was a parody, a mock up, a **** take, until I clicked the link.

I'm saddened to see a once okay (never great!) local paper stoop so low. The fourth estate is supposed to hold our politicians to account, to investigate, analyse, criticise. What have you done, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bournemouth Tories promising to lay off them in future?

Stop this fawning nonsense and do your job otherwise the Ohec wlll become even more irrelevant to the majority of the residents of Bournemouth and Poole than you already are.
Several people have linked to this story on my facebook feed and at first glance I though it was a parody, a mock up, a **** take, until I clicked the link. I'm saddened to see a once okay (never great!) local paper stoop so low. The fourth estate is supposed to hold our politicians to account, to investigate, analyse, criticise. What have you done, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bournemouth Tories promising to lay off them in future? Stop this fawning nonsense and do your job otherwise the Ohec wlll become even more irrelevant to the majority of the residents of Bournemouth and Poole than you already are. fartycat

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