a sinking ship or wishful thinking?

Message to Graham Rigg and David Potts (I know they’re avid readers of this blog, so they’ll see this)

Over the past few days, Graham Rigg and David Potts have been having a right old time of it while Mr Monkey has been busy moving house.

Rigg, with plenty of time on his hands as an unemployed man whose been a bit of a failure in life (still in an upstairs flat in your mid 50s, Graham? There are crisis loans for things like that…) has thrown some horrific slurs his way.

But let us not forget: with more members than any of the other opposition groups, they’re still the biggest opposition group. They’re THE political success story in this borough’s history.

No political party has came anywhere near achieving their kind of success in modern times in South Tyneside.

The Tories have three councillors, as do the Lib Dems. The Tories havemade NO gains during David Potts tenure as leader, despite Labour disintegrating nationally over the past five years. Surely questions have to be asked about his competence?

The Progressives, once a dominant political force in the borough, have just five councillors and their hanging on by their finger tips. Take Jim Capstick he scrapped through by just three votes at the last elections.

So tell us, which group/party is doing things wrong…

I personally believe that Rigg and Potts hate the Independent Alliance because they don’t believe in democracy. They believe candidates should be vetted by old school parties, given the nod by party chiefs, and then step forward for election. It’s an insiders world, and they want it to stay that way.

Take councillor Ahmed Khan for instance, they don’t believe a member of the public, (A BLASTED OUTSIDER!) unsoiled by previous political roles, should stand and be duly elected. They don’t want to see the local political gentleman’s club fall apart, worse still their cosy little world being exposed for all to see.

Well Mr Monkey has news for Rigg, Potts and the ruling elite; there are more ‘councillor Khan’s’ on the way.

The Independents are still the official opposition group on the council. The Progressives also vote alongside them. They’re still close. They are a force to be reckoned with.

If you want confirmation of this go to the next council meeting on 12th May. You’re certain to see the Independent Alliance doing the job they were elected to do – oppose the ruling party. On the other hand you’ll see the Tories happily accepting a few tit-bits (PAID OF COURSE), handed out by Labour in a desperate attempt to buy their loyalty for the next 12 months.

Despite what Rigg says, since when have political groups standing in tinpot local elections had to have extensive manifestos and policies?

If so, point me in the direction of the weighty manifestos put forward by local councillors at the last election…You can’t – you’re talking bullshit. They put out double-sided A5 leaflets outlining how they’d improved their wards – they didn’t put out 20-year plans for tourism and business in the town.

At local level it’s about sound money, sound running of the council, competence, honesty and integrity. With a leader and deputy leader who’ve been big business successes themselves, I trust them to do just that.

Why aren’t they that forthcoming about what they “would” do? Probably because there’s no chance of them forming an executive to run the council for two or three years. So why live in fantasy land when they can tell the public what they’ll OPPOSE. When they’re close to seeing the opposition make it into power, they’ll tell the public what they’ll do. If the public like it, they’ll keep on voting. If they don’t, watch them lose their seats.

Just one question, Curly – do you ever get in touch with people you’re about to slur to ask for their take on your inaccurate claims?

Thought not.

Graham Rigg – sniggered at by Labour bosses, loathed by Independents, tolerated reluctantly by Tories.

'Amateur, photographer, amateur blogger, failed politician and general all round misfit desperate to be loved’

'Amateur, photographer, amateur blogger, failed politician and general all round misfit desperate to be loved’

7 Responses to “a sinking ship or wishful thinking?”

  1. 1 Gunner Thompson
    06/05/2009 at 11:32

    Jesus H Christ Mr. Monkey he’s REALLY got under YOUR skin!
    Looks like you are feeling a bit sensitive today, too much humping beds around? I’ve read his article and it’s mainly Khans and Allsops words thrown back in their faces, what you getting so jumpy about.

    Have a banana.

  2. 2 Sea Dog Bob
    07/05/2009 at 14:30

    Looks like Curly has ripped you all a new arse this week – losers.

  3. 3 On The Couch
    07/05/2009 at 16:39

    I have recently returned to this Borough, and I am sad to see that nothing his changed.

    Thanks to your site and its search engine, I have been able to refer back to your posts on Graham Rigg (AKA Curly – though clearly he is known by many names) and also those on his own site.

    Here are a few thoughts:

    1. Graham clearly does not like anybody challenging the status quo, whether it is politically or in the “blogsphere” within which he “lives”.
    2. Despite his consternations and claims to the contrary, he has a clear hate for Muslims and anything associated with the religion or those who follow its path.
    3. These deep rooted racial tendencies have surfaced in the form of attacks on Councillor Ahmed Khan, a man who he feels threatens the white dominated hegemony of the Borough’s Labour Party.
    4. His failure to either criticise or attack David Potts, despite his poor council attendance record, fraudulent expense claims and Scottish “sacking”, indicate that he has an unhealthy fixation for the Councillor, possibly of a homosexual origin.
    5. Many of his posts exhibit entrenched sexist attitudes, but not in the case of e.g. Karen Allen, Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin etc. For Graham, these females have “mother” qualities, and are a reflection of his clear involvement with an “Oedipus” complex.

    That my friend, is my professional opinion.

    My bill is in the post.

  4. 4 Philip Carey
    07/05/2009 at 20:21

    -On The Couch–

    A little long winded and deep, but you have a point.

    I just think he’s an egotistic twerp who hasn’t the decency to speak his true thoughts on certain issues, probably based on his need to remain in the “Labour” loop.

  5. 5 Skyetender
    08/05/2009 at 20:08

    Are you still writing all of the comments yourself Peter, as pointed out by Curly when you had another site?

  6. 6 Raj Sengild
    09/05/2009 at 10:25

    I have long been an avid reader of Curlys Corner Shop, but after his recent post headed “The Wrath of Khan” I refuse to visit it again.

    Whilst satire is a great medium for portraying a political stance, his choice of content is in shockingly bad taste.

    To use (contemporary) footage of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi colleagues as a medium to attack a Muslim councillor is outrageous. So crass are his actions that I can only assume they were deliberately contrived to cause racial insult and controversy.

    If any proof were needed as to the results of the insult, then you need go no further than the fact that “Jarrow Pete” (a commentator on his site and BNP member) finds it amusing! Curly has gained nothing from this post – though he has made the BNP a lot happier.

    If Councillor Khan reads my comment, I would urge him to look at the issue as to whether Curly has fallen foul of recent anti terror legislation in that he has have wilfully encouraged racial tension and insult and urge him to make a complaint to the police.

    He cannot attack Muslims etc who criticise western values from the perceived security of a mosque or a religious grouping, and then ride rough shod himself via the deliberate use of a right wing, Nazi inspired medium, insulting the source of his consternations in the most dubious way possible.

  7. 7 Bob Samuels
    11/05/2009 at 12:48

    Total cockwaffle! Mr. curly makes it very clear and labelled his post as humour, fun,and satire,WTF is your sense of humour you miserable git? You were told not to jump up and down, and now you’ve made a hole in the floor, and fuck me, you’re the second on to ‘recently return to this borough’ fucking Labour Party must be doin something right then.

    I bet even Ahmed Khan laughed, you miserable sod.

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