Strange – Another CeeCee??

Last night when I retired to bed I put the radio on and as it was quite late Radio 4 was broadcasting programmes from the World Service. Half asleep I heard mention of CeeCee. I quickly regained alertness and started listening. I thought surely our very own little Dalmatian puppy called CeeCee is not so famous as to be featured on the BBC. I was right! It turned out they were referring to a cat they had cloned which was called Cc. I fell asleep. Today, intrigued by the existence of another CeeCee in the World ( I know there are probably thousands! ) I searched on the internet and discovered that Cc which I guessed might stand for Cloned Cat actually was short for Copy Cat and the story I discovered about it was from the BBC’s website from back in 2002. Copy Cat it turns out is in America so there is not much possibility of the two CC’s meeting.

Anyway, back to my activities. This week on Tuesday I attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of Bury Conservatives. As Parliamentary Candidate I am entitled to attend these meetings although I have no voting rights. Yesterday I attended a coffee morning to raise funds organised by the Bury North Ladies Committee. In the evening I attended a meeting of Bury Rotary Club when the present Mayor of Bury Councillor Peter Ashworth was inducted as an honorary member.

Today I thought I would watch some cricket and drove over to Headingley to watch Yorkshire play Surrey and although play started on time we only had about one hour of play before rain forced the players from the field and they didn’t come back so I had an early return to Bury.

Vote No in The Mayoral Referendum Today

Today, Thursday 3rd July sees the whole of the Borough of Bury going to the polls just a couple of months after the May local elections. This time the only question facing the residents of Bury is whether ir not they want to replace the present system of local Government with a system under which there would be an Elected Mayor who would hold all Executive power. All the existing Councillors would still remain but they would have less powers. There would be a whole new set of costs imposed on local Council Tax payers. Not only would there be the salary of the new full time Mayor but there would also be a Deputy Mayor and the new Mayor will need an office which will need staffing. The costs have been estimated to be up to a quarter of a million pounds a year.

I believe all this is totally unnecessary and unwanted. I receive dozens of representations every week on all sorts of problems but not once has anyone ever said to me that what they wanted to see was yet another elected politician. Everyone in Bury can vote today, if you are not a postal voter you can simply go to your normal polling station. If you have a postal vote and have not sent it back yet you can complete it and hand it in at a polling station. Whichever method you use I urge you to use your vote and vote NO.