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    Linesman wrote:
    conned scc employee wrote:
    Firstly I am not a tory member or voter. 2nd the echo did not print my whole letter. 3rd it appears linesman and on the inside( may be of Labour) are more politically motivated than me and as happened today Mr Williams increased the cabinet-dont know where one man band was that is mentioned as all councils have cabinets just some smaller and more value than others. I have worked for the council for 11 years and delegation- from Mr Williams-every media outlet he has been on and even when on polling day,I saw him in the city with a bbc news crew following him, then within a few hours of the results he was on the radio then later tv again-Mr Vain
    I stated that you were claiming things were happening under the new administration BEFORE the new administration had taken over.

    I note that there was no comment about Royston signing a last minute deal, privatising CCTV, against the wishes of the new administration.

    The 'one man band' comment was with regard Royston Smith, who could not delegate, but had to be the centre of attraction.

    So Mr Williams has attracted every media outlet. During the run-up to the elections, do you consider that Royston Smith was a 'shrinking violet'?

    The media are there to report and record, which is what they did. If they did not, you would complain. It would appear that you are also complaining because they did.

    No pleasing some folk.
    ps. You sign yourself conned scc employee. By that, I assume you voted as your Union asked you to.

    Are you incapable of thinking things out for yourself?

    If not, maybe, as an SCC employee, you are part of the city's problem and should have been one of those that Royston Smith 'unloaded.'"
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Betrayed by Labour

First published in Readers' Letters

AS A council employee in Southampton, I feel that I have been ripped off by the Labour councillors.

For months they were talking to council staff like myself via union reps and encouraging us that we should vote Labour in the elections or we would all be losing our jobs or working on less pay.

On polling day, we were encouraged to go to the polling station and even during times that we were at work on council business. Now I find that my vote for Labour will now see my council tax rise, more councillors taking bigger wages by expanding the council cabinet. I wish I could reverse my vote.

Royston Smith was unpopular among many of us but most of this was stirred up by our union reps which was then portrayed negatively in the media and gave the public a false image of him.

I shall never vote Labour again!


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