Please give it a rest, Coun Scriven

From: Peter Dillon

Psalter Lane. Sheffield S11

So, not content with having his photograph on the front of the Telegraph and an interview inside, Paul Scriven wants to have his rhetorical piece (please give it a rest, Paul) on the new Labour Council on the letters page. Yet more negative remarks from a poor loser.

Now correct me if I’m wrong but your Lib-Dem flyers that came through my letterbox made claims that Labour’s tactics during the council elections run-in were negative point-scoring, whilst pointing out that if Labour took control of the council ‘armageddon would soon be upon Sheffield’ (allegorically, of course).

Well, isn’t that sort of shooting yourselves in the foot? Being negative about something/someone being negative does not make a positive statement.

I won’t mention the fact that there were far, far too many Lib-Dem flyers, containing negative comments, coming through my letterbox. Oh! I just did. Still, didn’t work though, did it?

Let’s get one thing straight. Sheffield people are not nervous, they are decisive and they decided to replace your arrogant party with Labour to run the council. Delude yourself by all means.

Your comments that ‘Labour will use the council as a battering ram against the government for short-term political advantage’ is a bizarre statement to make.

I personally demand that MY council challenge ANY government for the long-term benefits of my city and its people. The problem with you Mr Scriven is that you only theoretically cared for the ones that VOTED for your party.

Political gains were your remit, not the welfare and support of EVERYONE.

You state ‘we as a country are borrowing £400m a day to clear Labour’s mess’. I assume that you constantly walk around with blinkers on? Anything that happens out of your peripheral vision gets ignored? Don’t take everything that the Daily Mail prints as being the truth.

It’s Tory spin and you obviously subscribe to it. You know why the country is in financial difficulties but to speak out against such rubbish is not in your or your party’s interests.

This country is in such dire straits that we can give Eire a few billion to support the British-owned Irish banks. There’s a clue (one word) in that sentence of the real perpetrators of ‘Labour’s mess’.

Let’s just pretend that the Tories were able to form a government last May (2010) without the assistance of a coalition partner. The drastic cuts and changes that are now taking place would have been vehemently opposed by your party, the Lib Dems. Many of the ministers that are making complete asses of themselves would have been derided by your party and probably would have called for their resignation. If you argue the opposite then you are either not being honest or you should realign yourself with the Tories.

Nick Clegg states that ‘you have to make compromises’. I believe that if you have the upper hand as the Lib Dems do have in a coalition, then it’s the ‘big hitters’ that have to make the compromises or they get the rug pulled from under them.

The Lib Dems are obviously too short-sighted to see that. Or could it be that Clegg was too intent on relying on his ‘miserable little compromise’ (the AV referendum) that he gladly made massive compromises?

Yes, a bit of power not handled correctly can cause burns. Just remember, as you politicians like to tell us, ‘don’t take it personally, it’s just business’.

Or, in your case, using a quote from the wonderful Douglas Adams, ‘so long and thanks for all the fish’.

From: Trevor Brown

Stubley Drive, Dronfield Woodhouse S18

HAVING read the letter from Coun Paul Scriven (Telegraph, May 12), I quote “I can assure you that me and my colleagues will do all we can to work to see that this city go forward etc. etc.” Three pages on is an article about his stepping down.

Paul Scriven was interested in Paul Scriven, Leader of the Council or Paul Scriven MP.

As he is neither he is not prepared to be a good backbench councillor and serve the city that way. This shows Paul Scriven up for what he is.

I know this letter will never be published but one can always live in hope.