“If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you….”
So begins English laureate Rudyard Kipling’s most famous lines of verse; a statement of stoicism, which 130 years on, still bears philosophical relevance for responsible Conservatives, well used to the erroneous charges of misguided socialists, who blame absolutely everything on austerity.
They chime like pre-programmed automatons about “14 years of Tory misrule,” without any acknowledgement of their own habitual financial incompetence with extra government cash which is readily available.
If only, as Rudyard Kipling hoped, truth and reason prevailed.
But that leaves sufficient extra “ifs” to inspire an extra set of ten commandments to rally thinking voters in the imminent town hall elections.
1. If you think local politics should be focussed on local issues - vote Conservative on May 2.
2. If you think Sefton Council should be held accountable for its dire mis-spending record - vote Conservative on May 2.
3. If you want social housing provision to be reformed to prioritise local needs - vote Conservative on May 2.
4. If you want choice of school places and provision of health and social infrastructure such as doctors and dentists not to be overwhelmed by excessive development - vote Conservative on May 2.
5. If you want blocked drains to be repaired and maintained, dangerous potholes filled in, and litter-strewn pavements swept - vote Conservative on May 2.
6. If you want road safety signs repainted and kept in good order - vote Conservative on May 2.
7. If you want parks and open spaces to be cherished - vote Conservative on May 2.
8. If you want heritage sites to be respected - vote Conservative on May 2.
9. If you don’t want the distinctive character of your neighbourhood to be destroyed and turned into a concrete jungle - vote Conservative on May 2.
10. If you want respect and security for your lifetime investment in property and business premises - vote Conservative on May 2.