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    Linesman wrote:
    loosehead wrote:
    Linesman wrote:
    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    loosehead wrote:
    So if you tell the truth you get called a liar or even worse a Tory? It was more than obvious to anyone that the Unions used the council workers to put Labour into power & now couldn't give a **** for those workers. A true Tory council would have just made the cuts even if it meant the size of redundancies Labour are contemplating. Please don't say they're not. The Tory council tried to come to a deal where jobs could be saved & cuts made but to no avail. How soon will it be before even more council workers/voters realise they've been conned into voting Labour?
    Can't think of anything worse than being called a Tory!
    An F*****g Tory?
    No I think the worse thing I could get called is a blinkered socialist who can't see the truth when it's staring them in the face.
    tories & Liberals took a 5.5% pay cut Labour invent to posts to pay two Labour councillors £28,000 a year exactly how is that cutting the deficit?
    I know Williams said they would create jobs but surely that was for the workers who's jobs are going not for two of his party?
    All you idiots who come on here & slag down the Conservative party & Royston even coming out with f++king Tories will be eating your words when the council goes back to being blue & your two Labour MP's are replaced by two Tories.
    I won't repeat anything I've heard or been told as some idiot will say prove it! but Labour in power 2 years maximum
    The creation of two council posts would be a small price to pay if even half of those that Royston Smith and his merry band of Tories put on benefit are put back in work and paying taxes.

    Royston&Co were given the HeaveHo because they acted as dictators in a democracy.

    Other Tory councils throughout the country had to work under the same constraints that Southampton City Council faced. The others negotiated with Unions, where Royston Smith chose confrontation, and the result was there to see, littering the city's streets.

    The sad thing is, he could not see the error of his ways, and if he came to power again, the city would, once again, face the same problems.
    A small price to pay? 1,500 jobs lost in the second year/
    fortnightly collections?
    huge council tax rises in second year?
    sorry but then seeing rewards of creating high paid jobs for two of your party doesn't cut it with me & if it had been the Tories I wonder if you would have been happy with it?
    Linesman stop being a hypocrite
    this was wrong & you know it"
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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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