Letter published in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.
The news that our Tory MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown is to receive a knighthood may cause some people to question why he should receive such an honour. Most people who do a well-paid job for a long time do not feature in the Prime Minister’s recommendations for honours.
Some have suggested this is a precursor to him standing down at next election to make way for a Cabinet Minster displaced or under threat of defeat by the forthcoming boundary changes but others will reflect that some of his fellow officers of the influential backbench 1922 committee were also similarly knighted and think that it is more to do with Teresa May wishing to rally support within her own party for her failed leadership and the disastrous effects of Tory policy than anything else.
At a time when operations are being cancelled, rail fares from Kemble and Moreton-in-Marsh are going up yet again, school funding is still inadequate and coming shortly after the Prime Minister lost three cabinet ministers within a few days it smacks of an attempt to bolster her own position in the face of weak and incompetent government by getting onside potential back bench opponents.
To add insult to injury we are told that it is not yet appropriate to recognise in the honours system those brave firefighters who risked their lives to enter the burning Grenfell Tower or the NHS staff who treated them at the scene and in nearby hospitals.
As a diversionary tactic this may work for a short time but surely the people of the Cotswolds are now aware just how weak and incompetent this government is.
The Cotswolds Labour Party
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