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Ferguson tractor ploughs up Mayors election

November 17, 2012

Whoever was against the mayors referendum earlier in the year including cynics like me have now woken up to an exciting time in Bristols history. Because quite rightly a lot of us were concerned that a new mayoral post would mean more of the same mainstream party dingbats running the city, only worse. And how close were we to having a stitched-up Labour run city once more?
George Fergusons campaign team pulled it off against the odds. That I reckon is due to the hard graft put in by the campaign team in getting the message across to electors that he is the outstanding candidate to lead the city. And the graft put in by the man himself in all the hustings etc..anyone hear him in the campaign car?
Best of all this is the man who stood up and spoke out against the massive hypermarket at Ashton Gate.
He stood up against the Tesco and faced off against the might of the Snailsburies empire.

As a result of this was the personal vilification of the man by a large contingent of football heads who as has now been proven, had their large heads inserted up their backsides. Both Sexton and Lansdown belatedly saw which side the toast was buttered.
Chickens have come home to roost now all you red-trouser haters, time to start grovelling.
George is now your daddy!!
ps. no hard feelings..

  1. ChrisU permalink
    November 17, 2012 12:11 pm

    Its strange isn’t it that the guys who said that they would make it their job to put the full weight of the mayors office behind ensuring the stadium was built, including Sainsburys have been sent packing

    Who said that you had to adopt so called “real world” i.e. develop anything anywhere and don’t appear to be a namby pamby greeny, policies to get elected?

    So when will we see the evening toast calling this a mandate for George to step in and take action against the hypermarket? A review of why 5 councillors stepped down 4 days before the committee meeting? Proabably not to be honest.

    More likely thoughts of stadiums and supermarkets were far from voters minds as they looked for something beyond the usual party mush. But still its tempting to make the link isn’t it?

  2. November 17, 2012 3:46 pm

    I read that God had told Marvin to move mountains and get the greenbelt concreted over.

  3. Richard Lane permalink
    November 17, 2012 8:58 pm

    A bit of realism after all eh Chris?
    Of course this was about what’s best for the future of Bristol, from a football head, fair play to George, he was the best option.
    I only wish there were another two candidates of his stature wishing to be the mayor of this great city.
    Personally Chris, I think there ought to be a review of how a single councillor, bullied the other committee members into rejecting the first Sainsbury application, after being presented with a fabricated set of figures, presented to him by a leading campaigner against the supermarket.They were probably assisted by Tesco, as with the later transport survey.

    Marvin would have been a nightmare, with only labour councillors in his cabinet ruling the roost, I think that’s what did for him.
    Most candidates said what they thought the voters would want, they usually do, if only to get an extra vote.

    George has now stated that he wants to stop large supermarkets being built in Bristol, funny that, as only this week he said he supported the Sainsbury’s store at the rugby ground.
    Did I miss something about Mr Lansdown supporting GF?

    PS, I’ve never been a Red Trousers hater. I’ve only ever exposed him for the hypocrite, I believe him to be.
    I wonder how he’ll get on now, promoting the arena at Temple Meads, as he’s part of the consortium behind it.? Will he give himself the contract to design it or state that he has a conflict of interest and resign as mayor?

  4. November 18, 2012 4:28 pm

    Aha, Mr Lane I see you have extracted your head.
    The correct way of grovelling is not to start accusing the Mayor of fiddling contracts already, before he’s been even a day on the throne.

    The only fabricated figures was the utter tripe spouted by the Snailsburies pork pie empire.

    At least you’ve got it about right with the labour camp

  5. Richard Lane permalink
    November 18, 2012 11:26 pm

    Ah ha! Sacredspring talks out of backside shocker!

    My head has never needed to be extracted. I have no reason to grovel, that’s for the likes of others.
    Can you tell me where I accused the new mayor of fiddling contracts?
    It would appear from that wild claim, that it is yourself that has your head, so far up your own posteria that you can’t read properly, due to the lack of light.
    You must also have eaten the contents of said posteria, judging by what you have said.

    I only questioned what he might do, no accusation. So you don’t seem to have lost the ability to spout your usual unfounded drivel, during your lay off do you?

    What was your reference to Mr Lansdown and the side his toast is buttered?

    You know full well that, Tony Dyer extracted the figures he wanted, from various surveys and reports, whilst also ommiting other sets of figures (such as Park Furnishers), in order to fabricate a worse case scenario to the gullible councillors, they duly took the bait.
    That should be questioned, plus the reason Simon (I’m on first name terms with Tony) Raynor, was chairing the meeting in the first place. I wonder if that’s why the second meeting had a change of councillors. But hey, let’s blame a few rogue emails from football supporters.

    Do you refer to the transport figures supplied by Sainsbury’s, that were upheld by the council officers, then mysteriously doubled by the opposition? Only later to be found that, as I’d been saying all along, that the traffic was already on the road and in fact, the amount of miles travelled by that traffic would actually be reduced due to the new location of a bigger store, reducing the need for those vehicles to travel across town.

  6. bobs permalink
    November 19, 2012 8:42 am

    What is most interesting for me is that yet again (and in the most striking fashion to date) this idea that “the vast majority” support a new tinpot stadium on greenbelt land has been blown out of the water.

    The “tiny minority” suddenly have a mayor who supports them. How did they manage to get him elected given how there are only really 5 of them in this minority.

    It did make me laugh. The only mayoral candidate to state he thought AV was the “wrong” place for a stadium getsd elected.

  7. Richard permalink
    November 19, 2012 10:05 am

    10% of the electorate supporting a pseudo-independent with the Lib Dem press office boasting that they got their “unoffocial” man elected and you think you’ve got a free-thinker? You’re in for one big bump back down to earth from the rarefied cuckoo clouds of LaLaLand

  8. bobs permalink
    November 19, 2012 10:48 am

    I don’t see anyone stating that “we” have a “free thinker”.

    But “we” do have someone who opposes large surpermarkets and thinks AV is the wrong place for a stadium – elected by a clear majority.

    The pro-greenbelt-stadium fans’ claims to being in the majority are over.

  9. November 19, 2012 11:34 am

    Also proves that most of the football clubs loyal red-trouser haters don’t live in Bristol let alone Bedminster or Ashton vale.
    I vote Mr Lane replaces his head where it belongs.

  10. Richard Lane permalink
    November 19, 2012 11:35 pm


    Without meaning to sound rude, if you think the electorate voted for George because of his stance on football stadia and supermarkets, you are even more deluded than at first thought.
    The Green party vote was the more representative of those views, and that was about 5,000. What was that, 7 or 8 percent of the vote?

    This was more about the future prosperity of Bristol and the way our city had been run for decades, with little progressive happening during that time.
    Do you really think that George is going to turn down the opportunity to get vast sums of money invested into Bristol and not claim some credit for it? He’s said and done whatever he could to increase his share of the vote, even to the point of supporting the Sainsbury’s store planned for the rugby ground. Did you miss that?

    I think you’ll find that George said something along the lines of. I support a new stadium, not necessarily at AV. He did actually say that AV was the wrong place for an arena, which is where you are probably being mistaken in your thoughts that he opposed the new stadium.
    If he was opposed to the new stadium, then it was because it would mean that there would most likely not be a supermarket development at AG, which he was opposed to.

    Bob, you only have to look at those supporting a TVG 1,200, as opposed to those supporting a stadium 30,000, to see where the majority lies. This election was not, as you might think about whether or not a stadium gets built at AV.

  11. bobs permalink
    November 20, 2012 8:45 am

    Dream on Rich.

  12. November 20, 2012 11:35 am

    Laney’s got stuck In a timewarp, he’s going on about his crap petition with block votes from Iceland etc.
    Get a grip boy! Reality check …red-trousers has trumped you lot now. Think yourself lucky the new mayor is not the vindictive type that characterises some of your bunch.

  13. Richard Lane permalink
    November 20, 2012 10:29 pm

    You need to go back to school and learn to read. I referred to the petition for a stadium, not a supermarket, how could you be so smug when you can’t differentiate the two..
    If people decided to sign that petition while doing their shopping in East street, that’s up to them.
    Those that signed the petition for a TVG, were worldwide including members of the RSPB who were petitioned by Tim,, hardly the majority BobS claims, they were not local and not eligable for voting in Bristol during the recent election..
    The reality is that there were people voting for both sides that were not local, you seem to think it’s ok for them to vote if the’re for the TVG but not, if they vote for the stadium. Either way those that did vote for a TVG or a stadium, produced a massive undeniable majority in favour of the stadium, so you carry on dreaming Bob.

  14. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    November 25, 2012 6:01 pm

    Surely more to the point is how many City fans did not vote for George considering him anti stadium. I do know some, but I also know others who do not consider the stadium such a big deal and did support him. The fact he was the only real candidate for change won it for him and lets hope thats how he governs. If he is seen to be too liberal, or Liberal, his popularity won’t last!

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