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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Conservatives in Eastleigh . . . !

Posted by davidburbage on March 1, 2013

djb-mariahutchings The last by-election candidate I had a photo taken with went on to win, and hold the seat at the General election (Chloe Smith)…

So good luck to Maria tonight, there’s a number of different results possible!

Update: Unfortunately, despite a 14% drop in the LibDem vote, they managed to hang on 😦


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Maidenhead Food Bank

Posted by davidburbage on January 1, 2013

maidenhead-foodbank Visited Maidenhead’s Food Bank just before Christmas – they were stocked full and yet need more space – we’re doing what we can to locate some better premises.

It does go to show that the welfare state isn’t working terribly well when there’s a rising need, as there has been for the last few years, for direct food charity from local people to those who can’t afford to properly feed themselves and their families – and this in a pretty well-off part of the country.

2013 can be a year of the reality check, when the important things are recognised and the less important are put in their proper place.


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Like London Buses

Posted by davidburbage on November 23, 2012

you wait ages for a blog post, then two come along all at once…..

A fascinating comment here : http://conservativehome.blogs.com/localgovernment/2012/11/seven-out-of-eight-trying-to-adopt-are-thwarted.html#more

about the different standards being applied for child protection, fostering and adoption by local authorities

I know of a woman who locked her baby in the washing machine and was able to keep them for a further couple of years before her drug taking took her over the limit.

When being assessed for adoption we were told that we needed to iron our bed sheets…

Time to put the child first?

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Further to my previous post – how is Whitehall doing….?

Posted by davidburbage on October 4, 2012

As if to lay bare the performance of Government, only when faced with court action to work through the awarding of a huge rail tender, does it transpire that Ministers haven’t been able to give the whole picture to the country.

Would have liked to have been in on the meeting when the new Secretary of State was told about the enormously costly and messy fiasco in his own new department.

Allister Heath has a way with words on this one, comparing how public sector cock-ups are dealt with far more indulgently than those in the private sector.

G4S to run the DfT anyone? Or Capita, Serco, PwC, KPMG, RBWM?

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Whitehall’s Civil Service – a law unto itself?

Posted by davidburbage on October 2, 2012

It’s certainly something to note. If the average voter was asked “which is the political party that creates the highest six figure Government salaries” I bet the vast majority would choose we the Conservatives, and not, as is the real position, the Labour Party. This is from the Daily Mail today (quoting some facts, not expressing opinions!)

It emerged in recent weeks that the number of  senior government workers earning more than £150,000 has fallen by a third since  the Coalition came to power.

In April, 234 civil servants and other  officials had salaries in the top tax band – down from 291 in 2011 and 372 in  2010.

The pressure on the highest salaries in the public sector is downward.

Of course, this then generates less tax….

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A hard nosed look at the state of the nation

Posted by davidburbage on July 1, 2012

This from Matthew Parris : (hat tip to Guido)

“We have been living beyond our means. We have been paying ourselves more than our efforts were earning. We sought political leaders who would assure us that the good times would never end and that the centuries of boom and bust were over; and we voted for those who offered that assurance. We sought credit for which we had no security and we gave our business to the banks that advertised it. We wanted higher exam grades for our children and were rewarded with politicians prepared to supply them by lowering exam standards. We wanted free and better health care and demanded chancellors who paid for it without putting up our taxes. We wanted salacious stories in our newspapers and bought the papers that broke the rules to provide them. And now we whimper and snarl at MPs, bankers and journalists. Fair enough, my friends, but, you know, we really are all in this together.”

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In the running for Police and Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley

Posted by davidburbage on May 24, 2012

22nd May 2012
Cllr David Burbage announces his intention to stand for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley

The new Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on November 15th 2012 and Cllr David Burbage, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council (RBWM) is today announcing that he has put his name forward as a potential Conservative candidate for the role.
Cllr Burbage said “I am pleased to confirm that I have put my name forward for consideration for the post of Thames Valley Police Crime and Commissioner. This is a role I have both the experience and enthusiasm to deliver, and hope that I can succeed in securing a nomination from the Party to offer my services to Thames Valley residents in November”.
He continued “I’ve been a supporter of better democratic oversight of policing for some time, and although doing a worthy job, current police authority arrangements are invisible and unaccountable to the general public.”
As well as being RBWM Leader since 2007, Cllr Burbage served on the Thames Valley Police Authority in 2009/10, and is currently the Chairman of the South East Strategic Leaders, comprising County Council and Unitary Authority Leaders across the south east and nearby. He also currently chairs the Berkshire Leaders’ Group, a coordinating committee of Berkshire Unitary Authorities.
Cllr Burbage concluded “I’m also honoured to have been asked by colleagues at Conservative Central HQ to speak on behalf of potential candidates at the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Conference in Manchester this week. I expect to be on a cross party Question Time style panel on Wednesday, where I can compare senior police officers’ understanding of the role under the new legislation and the ever-changing policing landscape. I would like to stress that I’ve not been selected at this stage, and still need to convince colleagues I am the right man for the job!”

See more at www.burbage4tvpcc.com …

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Cookie regulation nonsense – or “EU breaks internet”

Posted by davidburbage on May 22, 2012

 This is what you see on the ICO website.

Due to rather strange EU regulations, the public sector is implementing all sorts of publicly facing cookie agreements and disclaimers.

For some reason, it isn’t possible to reject the ICO’s kind offer to place a cookie on my computer.

The trouble is, if you don’t click the “accept” box – and merely continue, the box appears again.

This worse than a vote in a communist election – in that, you could only vote for one candidate. This, you can choose not to vote, but if you do, they insist you keep going back to vote until you actually do – and there’s only one choice.

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Loyal Address

Posted by davidburbage on April 11, 2012

In Golden Jubilee year in 2002, and now in the Diamond Jubilee year, a set of privileged bodies (including the Royal Borough) presented a short address to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. Ours was presented by the Mayor, and the delegation also included some of our longest serving Members. It was a really nice day but unfortunately no cameras or the like were allowed in the actual ceremony. Pictured outside here are myself with Cllr Leo Walters – fellow Bray ward member – who’s been a councillor almost as long as I’ve been alive !

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Justice For Rioters

Posted by davidburbage on February 24, 2012

 Listening to the reaction of the shop owner makes you proud to be British.


Now can we get the European Court of Human Rights to do the right thing? (pun intended)

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