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« Reply #45 on: April 09, 2012, 10:44:32 PM »

I'm not saying we're not armchair naysayers etc - just that some of the postings suggest a level of anger/ ire/ energy which would better be channelled into actually getting 'out there' and mobilising opinion, rather than re-circulating the same arguments amongst forum members who, let's be honest, are a tiny proportion of the population. It's not a matter of whether anyone is 'liked' - the forum isn't people, it's just statements. All I was saying was that those who feel energised to the level of 'Miss Marple' would better spend their time and energy doing something more positive with that energy and time than writing yet more posts about stuff they seem to factually know very little about!! No insults - just an observation!!
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« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2012, 10:58:04 PM »

With regards to Shan Alexander, I have e-mailed on 3 separate occasions in the past and not received a reply or even acknowledgement.

I emailed Shan once about 6 months ago and got nothing! Not that I make contact very often, but Craig Wright and Andrew Bispham have always responded.
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« Reply #47 on: April 09, 2012, 10:58:31 PM »

Oh Heritage where have you been since June 2011  Huh Lol  Kiss
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« Reply #48 on: April 10, 2012, 12:11:13 AM »

Oh Heritage where have you been since June 2011  Huh Lol  Kiss

I have to say miss m, the supermarket non-issue is not the most important issue for everyone.

I want to know what prospective councillors are going to do to reduce costs and cut council tax.
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« Reply #49 on: April 10, 2012, 12:46:03 AM »

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Would you please consider posting the election address of all the Marple Councillors who are seeking re election?

A photo of them all would be most helpful
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« Reply #50 on: April 10, 2012, 06:34:16 AM »

This thread threatens to descend into another alleged supermarket non-issue topic....but in answer to your question, Miss Marple, about where I have been since 2011....well...I've been reading your posts on the forum....which is precisely why I made my comment! At least you provide a chuckle!!  Grin
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« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2012, 07:01:20 AM »

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Would you please consider posting the election address of all the Marple Councillors who are seeking re election?

A photo of them all would be most helpful

The names and election addresses of candidates are in this post (attached pdfs).

http://www.marple-uk.com/smf/index.php?topic=4272.msg23303#msg23303

Don't have photos of all candidates, so can't do that Alan.
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« Reply #52 on: April 10, 2012, 08:08:29 AM »

Miss M writes 'how candidates behave in relation to the issues - like a major development on Hibbert Lane - is how you assess their fitness to serve as our representatives.'
I think that's absolutely right, and more important in local elections than party politics. That's why I will not be voting for any anti-supermarket candidate this time.  I expect my elected representatives to have the guts to stand up for education and other vital public services,  not to cave in weakly to noisy minority pressure groups.
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« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2012, 09:47:59 AM »

Heritage - I'm a huge fan of Private Eye's From the Messageboards, so I understand where you are coming from.

Dukey - you say there are other important issues - I agree - which is why it's important to scrutinise the character and quality of the candidates.

As much as some people are "bored" of the supermarket issue it is very important to the future of Marple, whatever conclusion you come to.

I have some sympathy with the "get off your arse" view - but these things are all a matter of degree. Expressing an opinion on a forum or in a pub or school gate is one step on a very, very long tail of community awareness and participation. Standing for office and serving as a councillor is another. But so is getting involved in local sports clubs as I do, as Howard does, and so is organising the festivals which have been hugely important to Marple's self confidence and self image.

This campaign is an opportunity to look beyond it and have an important public discussion about what kind of town we live in - what the civic society have put together is inspiring - the Portas Pilot bid was uplifting - but you can't view them in isolation.

You also have to weigh up the local political angles. The Lib Dems are fighting tooth and nail for Marple because it is highly likely they will drop seats in other parts of Stockport making a "coalition council" all the more likely. That's why this election is important.



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« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2012, 12:20:26 PM »

Heritage - I'm a huge fan of Private Eye's From the Messageboards, so I understand where you are coming from.

Dukey - you say there are other important issues - I agree - which is why it's important to scrutinise the character and quality of the candidates.

As much as some people are "bored" of the supermarket issue it is very important to the future of Marple, whatever conclusion you come to.

I have some sympathy with the "get off your arse" view - but these things are all a matter of degree. Expressing an opinion on a forum or in a pub or school gate is one step on a very, very long tail of community awareness and participation. Standing for office and serving as a councillor is another. But so is getting involved in local sports clubs as I do, as Howard does, and so is organising the festivals which have been hugely important to Marple's self confidence and self image.

This campaign is an opportunity to look beyond it and have an important public discussion about what kind of town we live in - what the civic society have put together is inspiring - the Portas Pilot bid was uplifting - but you can't view them in isolation.

You also have to weigh up the local political angles. The Lib Dems are fighting tooth and nail for Marple because it is highly likely they will drop seats in other parts of Stockport making a "coalition council" all the more likely. That's why this election is important.






I agree, it's one of many issues. I don't mind a coalition town hall as long as Labour are no part of it.

I'd be interested in Shan's take on what she should have divulged when the reality is the thing is hot air at the moment.
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« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2012, 12:58:25 PM »

whats up with labour ?
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« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2012, 03:57:57 PM »

whats up with labour ?

You're new here aren't you? Duke has an aversion to all things Labour.
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« Reply #57 on: April 10, 2012, 04:12:49 PM »

Whatever happened to that faintly ludicrous Annesley Abercorn guy with his London Bus? Haven't seen him shopping in Marple recently....although I might have missed him in Greggs last week... Grin
Well as it happens I met him canvassing with Annette Finny along Stockport Rd last week.  To be honest I found them both to be very knowledgeable on issues such as the proposed supermarket on Hibbert Lane, Connect 2 and the Rose Hill super school.  
Both felt that our current elected  members failed to consult on major issues and gave assurances that they fully understood the need to keep people informed.  
I remain  convinced that the reason our current elected members fail to consult on major issues is because we have allowed them too, the  same way as we have allowed them to have total autonomy on major changes in Marple. But hopefully  that's all going to change, because if the supermarket issue has done anything it has hopefully made elected members remember and reflect on the fact that the community put them there to serve in our best interests  and to also remind them all, that they are accountable and that it's no longer a safe position to be in.
And just for the record I have not made my mind up where my cross is going, let's see their election addresses to see if they are worthy of representing Marple  Shocked
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« Reply #58 on: April 10, 2012, 04:42:45 PM »

.....but you don't feel sufficiently passionate to stand for election yourself, though? You seem to have the altruism and zeal often said to be lacking in political  candidates, coupled with an astute awareness of the weaknesses often found in them. Why not put your skills to the test and let us vote for you?  Tongue
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« Reply #59 on: April 10, 2012, 04:50:11 PM »

Heritage believe me when I say that Marple is honestly not ready for me yet.   Wink
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