There’s Promises…

… and then there’s politicians’ promises.

I reported almost a year ago that our local councillor had promised the banishment of the tarmac fairy from our land. And yet, cycling back from an afternoon putting together a literary pamphlet and commiserating with an ardent Yes friend (one of his pals actually phoned him from Australia to check he was okay, having taken some of the ‘give us freedom or give us death’ Braveheart-type rhetoric a little literally), I discovered her distinctive spoor:

return of the tarmac fairy

(you’ve got to love living on a road with grass growing on it, though)

Of course, that was just a local politician’s promise – obviously, promises from proper Westminster politicians will prove a little more durable. I mean, Nick Clegg has signed it and everything. So that’s all right then.

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7 Responses to There’s Promises…

  1. Anonymous says:

    see, see, they can’t tell the truth about something this small. I bet he thought you would forget what he said.
    John

  2. disgruntled says:

    In fairness, he did check up at the last Community Council meeting that she hadn’t put in an appearance. I suspect he’s got no more control over her than I have over the weather gods

  3. Andy in Germany says:

    This sounds like the announcement locally that cycleways would be kept clear of mud and crud (not just for cyclists, but also the nordic walkers/joggers etc) to make them ‘more attractive’ to people so they would use active travel.

    When we looked at the details it became clear that one person was supposed to make sure this happened, as well as look after the forests, acess to parks, etc, etc…

    You can imagine how much difference that made.

  4. disgruntled says:

    The main problem seems to be that councillors don’t have all that much influence over the council. Which is a bit odd, really

  5. Flighty says:

    Politician’s promises are mostly worthless. xx

  6. disgruntled says:

    yup. Sadly, that’s all we’ve got to go on when we vote for them

  7. […] of the tarmac fairy and have been burbling on about chilli seedlings instead.* But I have news. The tarmac fairy returned last Monday and – as I discovered as I cycled home from the train station on Friday […]

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