Interesting: English Mayor Cuts His Pay,
Councillors, And Limo
Controversial U.K. Mayor Cuts Gay
Pride Funding, Pledges End to Political Correctness in
Government ~ By Hilary White
DONCASTER, UK, September 2, 2009
The recently elected mayor of Doncaster,
in South Yorkshire, has infuriated Britain's politically
powerful homosexualist lobby by attempting to withhold local
funding for this year's Gay Pride celebrations. The funding for
this year's event in June went through, but Mayor Peter Davies,
a member of the English Democrat party and the father of Tory MP
Philip Davies, has scrapped all future funding for the annual
Gay Pride event.
"I'm not a homophobe," he said, "but I don't see why
council taxpayers should pay to celebrate anyone's sexuality".
Davies is only the second mayor of Doncaster to have been
elected directly by a popular vote rather than by council
members. He campaigned on a popular platform, that has
reportedly alarmed the political classes on both the Labour and
Tory sides of the House, in which he pledged to "stamp out
political correctness" in every area of Doncaster's local
To accomplish this, Davies has recruited the group
Against Political Correctness
(CAPC) to consult on his planned reforms. A spokesman for the
CAPC, John Midgley, said that "people are crying out" for an end
to the wave of politically correct policies in Britain. "We
commissioned a survey by ICM," Midgley said, "that said 80 per
cent of people are fed up to the back teeth with it".
Davies promised to end council funding for "politically correct
initiatives" and to "scrap politically correct non-jobs" such as
"community cohesion officers" and "encourage the former
employees to seek meaningful employment".
In his first week in office, Davies fulfilled his promises by
cutting his own salary from £73,000 to £30,000; reducing the
number of councillors from 63 to 21, saving the town £800,000 a
year. He immediately announced plans to reduce council tax by 3
per cent and got rid of the mayoral limousine. He ended a
"twinning" arrangement with five towns around the world, which
he described as "just for people to fly off and have a binge at
the council's expense".
While campaigning earlier this year, and in the midst of a
national pandemic of violent youth crime, Davies, who is a
retired school teacher, called for harsher punishments for
"young thugs". As a founding member of the Campaign for Real
Education, Davies has pressed for restoration of traditional
methods in schools that he says will reduce crime and restore
Britain's once-legendary public order.
He also called on the government to withdraw Britain from the
European Union "in order to save billions of pounds each year
and return control of the country's affairs to our own
Calling him the UK's "most gloriously un-PC" mayor, the Daily
Mail's Robert Hardman asked, "Who should be most worried about
his success: Labour or the Tories? Because his message threatens
Hardman commented, "To the shock and dismay of many local
councillors and MPs, most of Westminster and the entire
Government, the assiduously straight-talking Mr. Davies has just
become one of the most powerful politicians in Britain".
Columnist and pundit Gerald Warner, writing for the Daily
Telegraph's blog, called Davies's tenure "the beginning of the
end for political correctness" and a sign that "the
counter-revolution has begun". His agenda, Warner wrote,
"against all the tenets of consensual British politics, consists
of doing what the public wants".