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Has Surrey CC leader candidate Dr Andrew Povey taken his plans for global domination too far?

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Since managing to persuade The Guildford Conservative Association that he should re-enter local politics once more  – Dr Andrew Povey has done pretty much s** all for the people of Ewhurst & Cranleigh.  But then that wasn’t his reason for going back, was it?

He had a score to settle with David Hodge, for daring to jump into the seat he left after receiving a Vote of No Confidence from his Tory colleagues. And, don’t let him fool you that the vote wasn’t official! since when did Tory’s wash their dirty linen in public? The Tory group had been working behind the scenes for months to get rid of their Little Povey. He, of course, thought otherwise saying, Deputy Hodge had resigned because they were  “seeing things differently.” Now with a score to settle, MLP – wants to grab his badge back.mylittlepovey2

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Now, Dr Povey is claiming that “Overall life will be better for the people of Surrey.” Presumably meaning – under his control?

 The people of Cranleigh & Ewhurst sent him back to County Towers because among other things, he pledged he would prevent the onward march of developers? Did he? NO! He told them he would protect their local services – did he NO! Children’s centres closing, the Cranleigh dump reduced hours and up for closure.? What did he – almost – succeed in doing when he was the leader?

Almost succeeded in putting in parking meters in every town and village street in Surrey. And, it is believed, he bought thousands of meters and it cost the county council a shedload of money. Though the figure was never revealed – so another bit of dirty washing that didn’t get hung out on the public line?

Still, fear not readers. There are plenty of other contenders for the Head Honcho at SCC – or so we hear.

Here’s a little run down – if you want to pop down to Bet Fred. Be Quick. We are putting our money on Tim Oliver – however, don’t put a heavy bet on – the WW has never won an argument yet!

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Along comes a Povey riding to the rescue of Surrey County Council.

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Thankfully Cranleigh and Ewhurst County councillor has come riding to the rescue of the beleaguered county council forced  to make savings of £250m over the next three years if it is to stay afloat. We could almost hear his whip cracking against the Tory leader’s back.

He tried to dislodge Hodge the Bodge earlier this year, but failed… miserably… though he argued  it was NOT unanimous!

Whilst back-stabbing is a popular sport at county towers, there is no-one more adept at the practice than a Povey! A man who we hear never bears a grudge!!! 

Suffice to say, Surrey County Council’s female finance director picked up her Radley and walked – along with her plump final salary local government pension giving just 24 hours notice! Temper, temper!

But in trots our little Povey eager to ride on the back of misfortune to point yet another blunt stick  into Hodge’s eyeballs, accusing him of “not running sustainable budgets and there being a while elephant in the room!” More like a rat in the run?

But here’s the piece de resistance from the  former council leader who lined his own company’s pockets with county council elderly care contracts, and was found wanting by the Local Government Ombudsman.  Ever heard the one about the no confidence vote in the Leader of Surrey County Council?   Hell hath no fury like a Povey scorned!

He says”  “I am concerned, I have been in business for 30 years and one thing in business you learn over everything else is that you follow the money.”

You hit the nail on the head there Councillor Povey, because if anyone followed the money you did!! Ask Guildford MP Anne Milton?

He continues: ‘You take it to bed with you, (what the money, or the budget?) you take the medium term strategy to bed with you to read again and again. Those that don’t, end up like Carillion or Northamptonshire County Council.”

He then waxed lyrical about the finance director’s departure flashing up lots of red lights, and issued a stern warning to his colleagues!

“A finance director leaving at short notice is another warning you need to take account of.”

Do we see another attempt by the Povey Pony riding to the rescue, to unseat Hodge the Bodge?

Needless to say a SCC spokesperson said that finance director Sheila Little has decided this is a good time to pursue other opportunities, and we wish her well.” An interim director has been apointed and a new director will be in place in the Autumn.

 

Hell hath no fury like a Povey scorned!

There’s no doubt about it- Andrew Povey’s bid to dislodge the Hodge who believes he has a right to the throne has made him mad. In fact, he is madder than mad Jack, winner of last year’s Mr Mad man competition!

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Has the East’s Surrey County Councillor been on the whacky baccy?

The Cranleigh & Ewhurst County Councillor failed miserably in his bid to oust the Leader of Surrey County Council from his head honcho role! He predicted David Hodge’s seven-year stint as the Tory leader of the council was over. He believed his fellow councillors needed some “fresh thinking” and some “new ideas” and he was THEIR MAN!

Sadly his colleagues appear to have disagreed with DR P – so his current bid to dislodge Hodge failed!

Watch out, Sir Percy!  The daggers are out and the Twit is now twittering.  He’s now blaming YOU for putting volunteers in to help keep the county’s libraries open!

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The occasional politcal (sic) writer!

 

Has the East’s Surrey County Councillor been on the whacky baccy?

LET’S WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF OUR HAIR AND SEND HIM ON HIS WAY!

When the BBC lunchtime news featured a clip mistakenly labelling the Leader of Surrey County Council, David Lodge, instead of  David Hodge, did they mean to say … Dis-Lodge or maybe they meant Dis-Loyal?

Because, judging from Cranleigh & Ewhurst Surrey County Councillor Andrew Povey’s latest tweet his campaign to oust the Leader is gathering momentum and, as we all know, there’s nothing good ever come out of Momentum (AKA the really nasty arm of the Labour Left)!

First, that poseur Povey tweets that the man at the helm of good ship Surrey has fallen asleep at the wheel! Then he compares our very own Surrey County Council with the bankrupt builder Carillion! Next, he goes off on one advising voters to be wary of supporting Independent candidates, claiming they could be Marxists or a member of a far-right group!

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Does Cranleigh & Ewhurst really back this disgraced politician’s putrid views or are local residents so lethargic and switched off they simply don’t care who represents them? More likely, they have very short memories and, if that’s the case, we, at the Waverley Web, are going to take them on a much-needed trip down memory lane!

Back in the day, way back when in the era that Cranleigh & Ewhurst residents have clearly forgotten (we’re talking about September 2011 in case you’re wondering), the then Leader of Surrey County Council Dr Andrew Poseur announced he was standing down from his position having just sacked his deputy leader, David Hodge. Dr Poseur claimed he was stepping down in October 2009 in order to ‘develop his business interests’ and in a typical self-congratulatory speech went on to eulogise about the Council’s achievements under his leadership: I am proud of what the council has achieved during my leadership and firmly believe the authority is well placed to become a truly world-class organisation. I believe the foundations we have set in the past two years mean the council can now go on to even greater things and whoever takes over as the leader can look forward to my support as they continue this work.’

Huh? Who was he trying to kid?

Eber Kington, Surrey County Councillor for Epsom and Ewell North said at the time, ‘Mr Povey did not step down but has been kicked out amid a continuing lack of confidence and disagreements with deputy leader, David Hodge. The idea that he’s taken this time to look after his business is nonsense – he’s been kicked out. More than half of the Conservatives told him to go and it’s not for the first time. There was a vote of no confidence a couple of months back. Povey has been responsible for some of the most damaging and unpopular decisions of the Conservative administration …’

Has there ever been a more damning indictment?

And now, six years on, Dr Poseur’s crawled is busy making trouble for the man who took over from him – so much for giving ‘whoever takes over as leader … gets my support’! The Waverley Web is no fan of David Hodge but the idea that Dr Poseur should be resurrected to dance on Hodge’s grave is going from the sublime to the ridiculous.

We strongly recommend that the residents of Cranleigh & Ewhurst take a long, hard look at Dr Poseur’s record because no good whatsoever will come of their support – or for that matter their lethargy towards – this man who clearly has an axe to grind when it comes to David Hodge.

Our advice to Mistress Milton is that she steps in before Dr Andrew Poseur brings the local Tory party into even more disrepute than it is currently enjoying. Trouble is, the Tory Party doesn’t like to wash its dirty linen in public which means they leave it in the bottom of the laundry basket where it festers and – eventually – manages to walk out by itself!

So there you have it, Annie, you need to take a leaf out of Mary Martin’s book and WASH THAT MAN RIGHT OUT OF YOUR HAIR! For all of our sakes, Anne you need to open your mouth and sing at the top of your voice:

I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.

I’m gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
I’m gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
I’m gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
And send him on his way.

Don’t try to patch it up
Tear it up, tear it up!
Wash him out, dry him out,
Push him out, fly him out,
Cancel him and let him go!
Yea, sister!

I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.

You can’t light a fire when the woods are wet,
No!
You can’t make a butterfly strong,
Hmm, hmm!
You can’t fix an egg when it ain’t quite good,
And you can’t fix a man when he’s wrong!
You can’t put back a petal when it falls from a flower,
Or sweeten up a fellow when he starts turnin’ sour
Oh no! Oh no!

If his eyes get dull and fishy,
When you look for glints and gleams,
Waste no time,
Make a switch,
Drop him in the nearest ditch!
Rub him out of the roll call,
And drum him out of your dreams
Oho! Oho!

I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
And sent him on his way.

She went to wash that man right outa our hair,
She went to wash that man right outa our hair,
She went to wash that man right outa our hair,
And send him on his way!

 

The Waverley Web puts up the WANTED sign and guess what? Up pops a Povey on the BBC!

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The Waverley Web puts up the WANTED sign and guess what? Up pops a Povey on the BBC!

There we were thinking that  Cranleigh & Ewhurst’s Surrey County Councillor Andrew Povey had gone missing so we put out the WANTED poster on the link below.

Have you seen this man?

No sooner said than done. What do they say about … hell having no fury like a BLOKE… scorned! 

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as Councillor Andrew Povey – attempts to scratch the eyeballs out of the bloke who snatched the Leader’s mantle from him after the 2011 coup when the Deputy Dog. Bodge and his fellow Tory Tossers took a Vote of No Confidence in him and forced him to resign!

Following his resignation, his immortal words still ring in our ears! He said:

“I came to a crossroads in my life.”

It wasn’t a crossroads you arrived at Councillor ~Povey – it was the end of the road, for one of the most ambitious, unscrupulous, double-dealing, opportunist politicians, it has been our misfortune to come across! And, because Guildford Conservative Association scraped the bottom of the barrel and persuaded the voting fodder of Cranleigh & Ewhurst to put you right back where they believed you belonged, claiming  you were a better bet than your running mate Alan Young, you can now continue your long-held ambition to…

bbc-surrey-logoDislodge the Bodge!

Watch out Hodge there’s a Weasel breathing down your neck aiming to dislodge you!  Povey has been biding his time for almost 10 years to poke you one in the eye for booting him out of his hot seat.

Who says .. what goes around…! Who needs an opposition when you have a Povey in your midst?
Listen to the interview here – starting 2hours 7 mins in.

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Councillor Andrew Povey:

The former leader of Surrey County Council (SCC) criticised the current leader David Hodge, over financial difficulties SCC now face as a result of a  £100 million funding crisis, council tax set to increase by 6%, cuts of £66 million and the council forced to dip into its reserves. Dr  Povey, who led SCC until 2011 said: “They [SCC] had a report from CIPFA, a professional institute for accountants, … in September 2016, and at that time the leader was very much pushing the idea of a 15% [council tax rise] referendum in Surrey, which was really a complete non-starter and this report told him that in history no one has ever won a referendum like this… and that there was an absence of any credible cost reduction plan.
“So in September 2016 that’s when he [Hodge] should have started to make savings because those savings would then have been made in 2016, they would have continued through into ’17 and ’18 so we would now be in a much better position than we are…”

Cllr David Hodge – v- Povey.
Povey and Hodge fell out in 2011. Povey resigned following the resignation of Hodge, his deputy at the time, and Hodge took over as the leader.
At the time Povey said: “It is my intention to stand down as leader of Surrey County Council… so I can develop my business interests.” He also said “It got to the point where we were seeing things differently… we have a different style, are very different people – that can be a strength, but I think it got to the point where it was going the other way.”
Andrew Povey also stood down as a councillor but, after a four-year break, made a surprising comeback in last year’s county council election when, with the approval of Anne Milton MP, he stood as the Conservative candidate for the Cranleigh & Ewhurst division, following the controversial deselection of the incumbent, Alan Young. Since then the local Cranleigh/Ewhurst branch has been in complete disarray with Anne Milton’s new lady-in-waiting Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 14.54.10.pngalso working tirelessly behind the scenes to unseat the present Chairman of  Cranleigh Parish Council – Mary Foryszewski, and to take her seat at Waverley in 2019!
Now, some observers are questioning whether Povey’s public criticism of his leader too, is the first sign of a new leadership bid.

What do they say about – “rats altogether in a sack.”

Cllr Hazel Watson
Cllr Hazel Watson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said yesterday: “I am pleased that Cllr Povey agrees with what the Liberal Democrats and I have been saying about Surrey County Council’s finances over the last 18 months.
“He is right to draw attention to the criticisms of the county council contained within CIPFA’s report Financial Resilience Review – Surrey County Council. This report was commissioned by the current leader of the council and was kept hidden from county councillors for months.
“He is correct in his judgment of the folly of the leader in pursuing a doomed policy of a 15% council tax rise which was subsequently abandoned. The CIPFA report clearly stated that such a referendum was unwinnable but the leader of the council refused to act on their advice.
“Instead of blaming the government for lack of funding and backing an unwinnable referendum, the Conservative administration should have been working on identifying sensible efficiencies and a realistic level of deliverable savings without cutting services. It should also have acted much earlier on the many empty buildings it owns across the county, which have cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to maintain.
“Surrey County Council is in a poor financial position with no clear plan to improve the situation. Unless a solution is found, then we only have to look to Northamptonshire County Council to see the consequences of when the money eventually runs out.”

THE PLOT THICKENS…!

NOW… POST – ELECTION stress disorder epidemic hits Ewhurst and Cranleigh.

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BE AFRAID – BE VERY AFRAID!!

Forget Nightmare on Elm Street – it’s Nightmare on Cranleigh High Street!! 

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Just when you thought it was safe to heave a huge sigh of relief, Povey-Power is about to be inflicted all over again on the East of the Borough!
In a classic case of Hobson’s Choice: the Tory-Tossers had to choose between Uriah Heep (AKA Alan Young) & Fagin (Andrew Povey). Some choice!


We told you all about the Pre-Election Stress Disorder phenomenon that struck the East of the borough just a few weeks ago.

Now, hang onto your blue rosettes, because Post Election Stress Disorder is about to hit the High Street as ‘The Comeback Kid’ ricochets back onto the Cranleigh / Ewhurst scene! No doubt The Surrey Ad has swopped its allegiance now its usual Kodak Kid  has been ditched in four of its NBF (New best friend) – Kodak Povey!

“If you are out there Rosaleen Egan – get your Rebocks on and hit the Cranleigh / Ewhurst pavements because Jesus Mary and the Joseph – AKA Guildford Conservative Associations – has just answered all your prayers!

Pre – Election Stress Disorder hits Ewhurst and Cranleigh.

Now, take a deep breath and readers of a sensitive disposition look away, because this news comes with a Waverley Web health warning! Who’s soon going to be pulling ‘Your Surrey’s’ county council strings?

Sadly the new broom many over there in the East had hoped would sweep County Hall clean and restore faith in local politics – Phillip Townsend – has not been selected to stand. No! we hear you cry! NO, surely it cannot be?

Here’s your candidates: it’s called HOBSONS CHOICE.

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Here you have Andrew Povey – disgraced former `leader of Surrey County Council, who with a knockout blow, beat off the competition.

It really is quite extraordinary that with a population of over 300 hundred million people the USA could only dredge up two totally unsuitable people to compete for the Presidency – Clinton and Trump?

Likewise, in the whole of Eastern Waverley – with a population of 12/13,000 soon to be nearer 20,000! – the Tory Tossers were reduced to sending in the disgraced former leader Gotta-pick-a-pocket-or-two-or-three – none other than Dr (as he likes to be known!) Andrew Povey.

Want to read more about the disgraced former Leader of Surrey County Council, whose colleagues took a vote of no confidence in him, and yet is now predicted to be Surrey County Council’s very own Comeback Kid? Bet David Hodge & Co can hardly wait?!?! Even some of them will be registering in Cranleigh and voting UKIP!

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Really makes you wonder doesn’t it? The man pictured above by our own staff photographer,  is the very same man who introduced Politics with a great big capital P into the village council chamber over 20 years ago, abandoned it for his race up Surrey County Council’s greasy pole, reaching the top only to slide down it faster than Usain Bolt on speed ! Now  selected to  take over the reins of Uriah Young (AKA Alan Young) . But when we look at who they’ve replaced him with we can’t help wondering why they bothered?cllralanyoungcopperfield.jpg

GOING, GOING GONE…YOUNG!
It cannot be true – can it?