Mike Davies

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  • in reply to: D Jones & Son Bus Company to cease trading. #142041

    Mike Davies
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    Bad news for workers and their families before Christmas.

    in reply to: Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru who are the kidding #140948

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    I would not trust Facebook or Twitter as a way to verify anyone’s identity- same issue as on this thread.
    Not supporting Mike Davies anymore than any other Councillor but here are his details- not he is one of only two Councillors in Wrexham who have generally decided not to become part of an Independent Group but to actually remain Independent
    http://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=1000000138

    Facebook and Twitter have little symbols (blue ticks) to indicate if this really is the person, which whilst not perfect are more reliable indicators that people are who they say they are than just taking someone’s word for it. I appreciate you have given me a link to Mike Davies’ page, but that still does not prove that the Mike Davies on Wrexham.com forum is that same person. I actually happen to believe that he is, but I do not know this for a fact. Using a real-sounding name does not necessarily mean that we are talking to the person whose name it is. It can be just as anonymous as any other user name.

    It would be very simple to check who I am. If anybody emailed me (using the email address on the council website), and asked me if it was indeed me posting on wxm.com they would have the answer :-)

    in reply to: Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru who are the kidding #140936

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    Yes I’m one of those beloved Welsh nationalist Plaid Cllrs, Carrie here, sorry ‘Flipper’, there wasn’t an intention to be anonymous, thought it was fairly obvious. It’s actually the first time I’ve managed to log on here. What are you talking about public services not being impacted? The question was about the UK budget announcement yesterday and the potential impact of that on the Difficult Decisions proposals, not the Tory austerity agenda generally. Plaid aren’t in coalition in Wales, we’re in opposition. We’re sort of back to square one here, this is a good example of why I personally gave up on forums years ago.

    I have said this before and will say it again, anyone who is in any sort of position of power should not be anonymous, councillors, council officers, etc. anyone who is not Joe Public should state who they are, because judging by many posts Joe Public is in the minority on here :(

    The problem with the above thought MP1953 is this. You are anonymous, how do we know you aren’t doing exactly what you say others shouldn’t do. Are you really “joe public” as you call them, or maybe you are somebody in power with your own agenda. I have always posted under my own name (even before I was elected as a councillor). That was my choice. I sometimes think that anonymous people shouldn’t be able to make personal remarks about “real people”. I have had anonymous posters making personal and untrue statements about me on this forum, only for them to say afterwards “oops sorry, I was wrong”. Should that be allowed? It doesn’t really encourage me to want to debate on a public forum when I don’t know who I am talking to. Remember, this forum is un-moderated and it is possible to say just about anything without any redress.

    It is also the case that we don’t actually know whether you are Mike Davies. Just because you have set it up as your user name does not mean that is who you are. And, without wishing to sound harsh, just honest, even if you are Mike Davies, I don’t actually know who Mike Davies is. I’m guessing you’re a councillor? But anyway, how do we know it’s really you?

    Bubble, it would be quite easy to confirm my identification if you didn’t really believe it. Do you doubt everybody that you have discussed things with on this forum?

    in reply to: Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru who are the kidding #140926

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    Yes I’m one of those beloved Welsh nationalist Plaid Cllrs, Carrie here, sorry ‘Flipper’, there wasn’t an intention to be anonymous, thought it was fairly obvious. It’s actually the first time I’ve managed to log on here. What are you talking about public services not being impacted? The question was about the UK budget announcement yesterday and the potential impact of that on the Difficult Decisions proposals, not the Tory austerity agenda generally. Plaid aren’t in coalition in Wales, we’re in opposition. We’re sort of back to square one here, this is a good example of why I personally gave up on forums years ago.

    I have said this before and will say it again, anyone who is in any sort of position of power should not be anonymous, councillors, council officers, etc. anyone who is not Joe Public should state who they are, because judging by many posts Joe Public is in the minority on here :(

    The problem with the above thought MP1953 is this. You are anonymous, how do we know you aren’t doing exactly what you say others shouldn’t do. Are you really “joe public” as you call them, or maybe you are somebody in power with your own agenda. I have always posted under my own name (even before I was elected as a councillor). That was my choice. I sometimes think that anonymous people shouldn’t be able to make personal remarks about “real people”. I have had anonymous posters making personal and untrue statements about me on this forum, only for them to say afterwards “oops sorry, I was wrong”. Should that be allowed? It doesn’t really encourage me to want to debate on a public forum when I don’t know who I am talking to. Remember, this forum is un-moderated and it is possible to say just about anything without any redress.

    in reply to: Parking #139476

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    I don’t have a problem with the council spending taxes on providing free parking for people with cars, but only if they match the funds they use with funds spent on public transport. People who don’t have a car should not have to help subsidise those who do.

    Bubble, I think you misunderstand the debate. Taxes are not being spent to provide free parking. The car parks actually make a profit and that money goes into council coffers to pay towards other services. My point at the meeting was to freeze car park charges as any increases would deter people from visiting the town to shop or whatever. Also rather than take away the existing free parking during certain hours (which was the proposal), I wanted to see more free parking targeted at Local residents to spend more time in town. The car parks would still make a profit and the Council could use that money as it does now to go towards its budgets. The subject will now go to public consultation, and everybody will have an opportunity to have their say.

    Providing free parking in a council run car park would still deprive the council of revenue, however small that amount might be, and it is all of us – not just car owners – who bear that cost. So if we’re talking in technicalities, perhaps the amount of revenue LOST by the council in providing x amounts of hours free parking to car owners could be matched by the same amount being spent on public transport for those who do not have cars. Just because the council owns the car park and makes a profit in parking charges does not mean this only affects people with cars – why should the council provide free parking for car owners without also helping those who rely on public transport.

    Bubble, the council already provides free parking at certain times, the proposal is to remove that free time. My point was to keep the free periods. So there is no loss of current revenue as there is no charge for these hours at present. The car parks do not use tax payers money. They generate enough income to pay for themselves with some profit which is returned to the council. The council uses that money to pay towards other services.

    As you say in a different post, you think the town is a dump, well perhaps if we can encourage more people to travel to town, maybe the shops will thrive and the town may improve. Regarding a subsidy to public transport, there is nothing to stop you speaking to your own elected representative and ask them to look into it. But it is a totally different arguement. The council makes a profit from cars using the town, they do not make anything from people who travel by bus or train. The bus or train companies make the profit.

    By the way, I do not have a problem with subsidised public transport. I believe that Central Government should be involved in this. However, that is a different topic and this discussion was about car parking charges.

    in reply to: Parking #139456

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    I don’t have a problem with the council spending taxes on providing free parking for people with cars, but only if they match the funds they use with funds spent on public transport. People who don’t have a car should not have to help subsidise those who do.

    Bubble, I think you misunderstand the debate. Taxes are not being spent to provide free parking. The car parks actually make a profit and that money goes into council coffers to pay towards other services. My point at the meeting was to freeze car park charges as any increases would deter people from visiting the town to shop or whatever. Also rather than take away the existing free parking during certain hours (which was the proposal), I wanted to see more free parking targeted at Local residents to spend more time in town. The car parks would still make a profit and the Council could use that money as it does now to go towards its budgets. The subject will now go to public consultation, and everybody will have an opportunity to have their say.

    in reply to: Still wasting our money, does anyone care? #135369

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    Considering that Wales together with Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest percentage of its population working in the Public Sector than all English regions, (the lowest percentage regions are London and the South of England). I leave you to draw your own conclusions as to the people the “alliance” really wants to help.

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

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    They are not trying to help the basic tax payers, only the upper bracket earners. Their stated aim is to reduce Public Spending, which would hit Wales more than other parts of “Little England”

    Oh, by the way, public sector workers pay tax too you know.

    I am not defending WAG wasting money. They are not wasting money, they are complying with British Law. Certain Union Roles such as Health and Safety reps, Education and Learning reps etc. are protected by Government legislation. Governments in the past saw the benefit in having these important positions. Do you want to rip up all this Legislation? Do you think Wales should go against these laws and return to the dark ages?

    It is not just Public Sector organisations but many private companies recognise the importance in having trained union officials in their workforce. I could name local businesses who encourage employees to train as union officials. They even pay for them to attend courses and pay for their facility time because they recognise the importance of the role they play.

    A large public sector organisation with a large number of staff will frequently have need for union officials to attend negotiations and disciplinary hearings etc. It is more convenient to have these officials at hand to attend quickly and when it is convenient for all parties. There could be a lot of wasted time and resources if they had to wait for a union national official to be free to attend.

    Finally, the vast percentage of union officials in this country are unpaid officials who volunteer their time. Only a small number of officials are paid.

    I suggest you do a little bit of research into employment law and also the workings of trade unions before you wade into “lets hit the unions again” under the pretence of saving tax payers money.

    The tax payers alliance have close connections with the “Tea Party” in America. Need I say any more.

    in reply to: Still wasting our money, does anyone care? #135367

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    Considering that Wales together with Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest percentage of its population working in the Public Sector than all English regions, (the lowest percentage regions are London and the South of England). I leave you to draw your own conclusions as to the people the “alliance” really wants to help.

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

    [/quote]

    They are not trying to help the basic tax payers, only the upper bracket earners. Their stated aim is to reduce Public Spending, which would hit Wales more than other parts of “Little England”

    Oh, by the way, public sector workers pay tax too you know.

    I am not defending WAG wasting money. They are not wasting money, they are complying with British Law. Certain Union Roles such as Health and Safety reps, Education and Learning reps etc. are protected by Government legislation. Governments in the past saw the benefit in having these important positions. Do you want to rip up all this Legislation? Do you think Wales should go against these laws and return to the dark ages?

    It is not just Public Sector organisations but many private companies recognise the importance in having trained union officials in their workforce. I could name local businesses who encourage employees to train as union officials. They even pay for them to attend courses and pay for their facility time because they recognise the importance of the role they play.

    A large public sector organisation with a large number of staff will frequently have need for union officials to attend negotiations and disciplinary hearings etc. It is more convenient to have these officials at hand to attend quickly and when it is convenient for all parties. There could be a lot of wasted time and resources if they had to wait for a union national official to be free to attend.

    Finally, the vast percentage of union officials in this country are unpaid officials who volunteer their time. Only a small number of officials are paid.

    I suggest you do a little bit of research into employment law and also the workings of trade unions before you wade into “lets hit the unions again” under the pretence of saving tax payers money.

    The tax payers alliance have close connections with the “tea Party” in America. Need we say any more?

    in reply to: Still wasting our money, does anyone care? #135368

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    Considering that Wales together with Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest percentage of its population working in the Public Sector than all English regions, (the lowest percentage regions are London and the South of England). I leave you to draw your own conclusions as to the people the “alliance” really wants to help.

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

    I would say they are trying to help the tax payers, you know those of us who pay for the public sector jobs.

    Cannot understand why so many people jump in to defend the WAG wasting our money yet lambast WCBC every time they waste a penny!

    [/quote]

    They are not trying to help the basic tax payers, only the upper bracket earners. Their stated aim is to reduce Public Spending, which would hit Wales more than other parts of “Little England”

    Oh, by the way, public sector workers pay tax too you know.

    I am not defending WAG wasting money. They are not wasting money, they are complying with British Law. Certain Union Roles such as Health and Safety reps, Education and Learning reps etc. are protected by Government legislation. Governments in the past saw the benefit in having these important positions. Do you want to rip up all this Legislation? Do you think Wales should go against these laws and return to the dark ages?

    It is not just Public Sector organisations but many private companies recognise the importance in having trained union officials in their workforce. I could name local businesses who encourage employees to train as union officials. They even pay for them to attend courses and pay for their facility time because they recognise the importance of the role they play.

    A large public sector organisation with a large number of staff will frequently have need for union officials to attend negotiations and disciplinary hearings etc. It is more convenient to have these officials at hand to attend quickly and when it is convenient for all parties. There could be a lot of wasted time and resources if they had to wait for a union national official to be free to attend.

    Finally, the vast percentage of union officials in this country are unpaid officials who volunteer their time. Only a small number of officials are paid.

    I suggest you do a little bit of research into employment law and also the workings of trade unions before you wade into “lets hit the unions again” under the pretence of saving tax payers money.

    The tax payers alliance have close connections with the “tea Party” in America. Need we say any more?

    in reply to: Still wasting our money, does anyone care? #135355

    Mike Davies
    Participant

    All that people really need to know is that this whole issue was sparked off by the “taxpayers alliance”. A right wing organisation purporting to be working on behalf of the British public.

    Their stated aim is to have lower taxes by lowering public spending. Consequentially reducing public sector employment and wages.

    Considering that Wales together with Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest percentage of its population working in the Public Sector than all English regions, (the lowest percentage regions are London and the South of England). I leave you to draw your own conclusions as to the people the “alliance” really wants to help.

    A quick google reveals the following:

    Sixty per cent of donations come from individuals or groups giving more than £5,000. The Midlands Industrial Council, which has donated £1.5m to the Conservatives since 2003, said it has given around £80,000 on behalf of 32 owners of private companies.[3] David Alberto, co-owner of serviced office company Avanta, has donated a suite in Westminster worth £100,000 a year, because he opposes the level of tax on businesses.[3] Construction magnate Malcolm McAlpine and a spokesman for JCB tycoon Sir Anthony Bamford, have said they also helped fund the TPA.[3]

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