Thursday 30th May 2024,
North Yorks Enquirer

ERYC: Leader Less Than Amused?

ERYC: Leader Less Than Amused?

  • an “In My View” article by NIGEL WARD, reporting on an escalating Mexican stand-off at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.


ERYC Councillor Andy STRANGEWAY [Ind.], quite aside from winning the hearts and minds of his Pocklington Provinical ward electorate in the three months since his election by far out-stripping the performance of his Conservative rivals, has re-written the ‘terms of engagement’ in local politics by poking fun at the County Hall ‘old guard’ with a series of so-called ‘photoons’ – the art of pictorial political lampoon pioneered by Private Eye (and used, to great effect, by the North Yorks Enquirer),  extracting the amber fluid from the incumbent East Riding of Yorkshire Conservatives.

Councillor STRANGEWAY’s growing photoon gallery/slide-show appears on his web-site here.

On Saturday 9th July 2016, the Hull Daily Mail brought Councillor STRANGEWAY’s satirical work to a wider readership:


Amongst those who have ‘starred’ in Councillor STRANGEWAY’s photoons are:

  • ERYC Leader, Councillor Stephen PARNABY [Con.] – to whom I wrote an Open Letter on 26th June 2016. (I still await a reasoned response).
  • ERYC Deputy Leader Councillor  Jonathan OWEN [Con.] – widely regarded as PARNABY’s likely successor.
  • ERYC Councillor Dominic PEACOCK [Con.] – against whom I have lodged a Formal Complaint in respect of his contemptible remarks regarding murdered MP, Jo COX [Lab.].
  • ERYC Councillor Dee (Dorothea) SHARPE [Con.] – whose reputation I need not rehearse here.

Since there exists no statutory prohibition against poking fun at public officials, providing that it does not cross the line into indecency or excessive repetition, it would appear that Councillor PARNABY and his cohorts will simply have to bear it – grinning or not.

Those who find the ‘heat’ in the political kitchen too oppressive have a convenient avenue of escape.

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