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By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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REGARDING your stories "More woe for specialist fire service vehicle" and "Demand to question fire chief" (Post, Nov 28) and also recent TV exposure over manning levels, it is interesting to hear Swansea Council leader David Phillips now sees that Swansea councillors need a "wider understanding of the issues". Strange, then, that he ousted former fire fighter and Swansea councillor Gordon Walker out of the very post that would have given them exactly this information!

Incidentally, having campaigned myself while a serving fireman over the Pontardawe fiasco I had reason to write to the fire authority members at that time to inform them of the truth so they could have a better understanding of the issues at stake, they did nothing, didn't even have the decency to reply, not one of them.

Now we have a Fire Authority presiding over questionable decisions made by Fire Brigade management which are resulting in the on going articles in your paper culminating so far in your recent story.

Labour leader Councillor Phillips finishes off by saying "I am very impressed by the knowledge and integrity of our representatives." Unbelievable!

Having been a former Labour Party member and supporter for most of my adult life before becoming involved with local politicians, I now have no political leanings what so ever.

I would however rather eat my own roasted feet than ever vote Labour again!

Mr F Thumwood

Oakwood Rise, Clydach

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  • Einon  |  December 05 2012, 12:08PM

    Fact remains that Labour are the biggest bloc on the Authority. The Union raised a legitimate concern about safety and yet Labour were happy to sit back and allow the Fire Service to attempt to stifle a debate about it. It's a pretty damning indictment on Labour's commitment to freedom of debate and speech isn't it? But then given Labour's almost stalinist paranoia regarding the comments of a fictional character in a fictional village somewhere in a fictional wales, we know what we can expect don't we?

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  • Jiffy  |  December 05 2012, 12:00AM

    Eleven isn't a majority out of 23 members in total. In particular, the Resource Management Committee only has 12 members.

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  • Einon  |  December 04 2012, 11:19PM

    A Fire Authority where Labour have very large toe-hold (11 members). Not difficult to see how one more Labour member (parachuted in by Dai Phillips) could help swing things Labour's way is it?

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  • Jiffy  |  December 04 2012, 12:12PM

    Gordon Walker was a member of the fire authority when it made questionable decisions, he also didn't reply to to Mr Thumwood's letter. So, how would his continued membership of the committee ensure that more questionable decisions wouldn't be made in the future? Perhaps Mr Thumwood needs to work out exactly who is playing politics here.

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