Sad to say that today was bad news for firefighters and the public in need of their help.
Scaremongering about the SNP dictating to a Labour government has given us the worst of all options. A Conservative Prime Minister held to ransom by far right Tory backbenchers.
The Conservatives want to make it law that essential service strikes must be supported by 40% of those eligible to vote, yet the Conservative Government have been supported by just 24% of those eligible to vote.
Our cock eyed voting system means that a few parties get more seats than their proportion of the votes justifies, whilst several parties get less seats than their proportion of the votes justifies.
More seats than proportion of vote share justifies - Conservative, DUP and SNP.
Less seats than proportion of vote share justifies - Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Plaid Cymru and UKIP.
The British people may have spoken, but they have not been heard.
WSCC has already reduced our fire service resources to pre war levels. Now I fear they will try and take them back even further. We must continue to expose their dangerous cuts.