Timorous politicians and hollow promises – what good are they?


Here is a little refresher in case anyone missed the entertainment last time around.

This was Sefton Tory Chief’s (Councillor Terry Jones) previous threat against a local family, who were apparently expected to bow down and cry after receiving his rambling and largely illegible legal threat.

Jones was given ample opportunity by the family in question (the Regans of Ainsdale) to response but, in true bully-boy fashion, he apparently elected to cut and run instead. This was very peculiar behaviour for a politician in his elevated position.

Here is the Tory Group Leader’s very strange (grammatical errors left intact) and still unfathomable threat against that Ainsdale family.

Dear Mr Regan

“I have just been forwarded the attached photo, and I would recommend that you be very careful with allegations that any of those posters maybe myself or someone close to me.  Having seen the attached I then went on to the site and read the comments and I am quite happy to take legal action against any coward that just sites behind a keyboard without proof of their allegations accusing me of such things.  I can confirm and if pushed, that site can be made to confirm that I do not post on that site, quite simply I am very busy with Council issus, work (and those without other agendas know so) and my family so I do not have the time to play silly games or sit behind a computer all day. I repeat I am more than happy to take legal action against anyone who prints false allegations regarding myself. I have cc’d Tony in as he is mentioned on there and to reassure him that is not my style and you’ve placed him I’m the situation with your photo. I have also bbc’d the parties legal department into this.”

Kind regards


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Many astonished residents believed that Cllr Jones was getting so hot under the collar mainly because the Regans, along with the ‘supportive’ Cllr Haydn Preece, had regularly highlighted the fact that Cllr Jones and his Tory Colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, had virtually BLOCKED all initiatives to improve the local Sandbrook Way area for elderly residents.


It was also regularly emphasised how Cllr Jones failed to assist residents, when asked to simply intervene, over the Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) exposure fiasco.


Jones decided, as fully expected, instead to side with his Tory colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, against Ainsdale families in need of assistance. Jones had stated initially that he would intervene if anything was amiss, yet even after a great deal of evidence of wrongdoings and misdirection over the WWP debacle he has remained silent, hidden and firmly behind his political companion.


This unproductive (for Southport residents at least) situation really makes one wonder who exactly ‘wears the trousers’ in this odd Conservative relationship?

Many examples of the type of political apathy and one-sidedness exhibited towards Ainsdale residents exist. Nevertheless the Tory Group Leader’s nasty threat was swiftly responded to, as follows, with the text below that was sent to Terry Jones on 7 April 2014

Dear Cllr Jones

“We write in response to your somewhat indistinct threat, dated 5 April 2013. With respect, we have to point out that your grammatical errors do unfortunately make this email quite difficult to understand. Consequently, perhaps you could take the trouble to run any future threats through your PC’s spellchecker the next time you decide to try and assault Ainsdale residents in this manner? This is not hard to do and would make life easier for all persons concerned. Thank you.  Your rather emotive tirade indicates that you appear to erroneously believe that our family have some type of inside control over the content of the website in question, i.e. Qlocal. This is not so! What appears on such websites has nothing whatsoever to do with us. Therefore, we politely suggest that you take your distasteful threats, suspicions and private grievances to the administrators of that site, once again. We say ‘once again’ as you will possibly recall that you have taken the trouble to ‘tape’ your previous conversations with individuals running the site and then forwarded them to a third party – yes? Perhaps the questionable legalities of such an action by you are best left for another day? You also mention “Tony.” From what little we can ascertain from your semi- incoherent email you appear to be referring to Cllr Tony Crabtree. Cllr Crabtree, along with Cllr Haydn Preece, has been most supportive of residents in need, unlike you and your Ainsdale colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill. Therefore, we are confident that Cllr Crabtree is quite capable of making any statement, if he chooses to do so, ‘without’ gratuitous pressure from you! We also have to inform you that because of your contemptible and amateurish conduct we are now quite happy to expose this appalling situation to the wider public, by any means possible. It is indeed a poor day when an elected public representative, such as you, takes to unjustly berating hard-working members of the public who have worked so hard to improve the Ainsdale area. Improvements for elderly residents that you and your Tory colleague, Cllr Ted Hartill, have ‘blocked’ have been taken badly by many people in the area.  We believe your bizarre outburst against us has more to do with ‘exposed inadequacy’ than anything else you are seeking (and failing) to accentuate in your threats.  Rest assured, ‘you’ shall not be receiving any votes from this local family after this odious debacle! Councillors are supposed to support residents, you however have done the exact opposite herein!  We are appalled. We also object strongly to your oppressive conduct as you appear to be trying to ‘censor’ residents from highlighting the facts behind several issues that you seem to find exceptionally embarrassing. Is this not so Cllr Jones? We have to advise you that we take great exception with your detestable and speculative threats of legal action. How dare you try to intimidate our family in such an antagonistic fashion! Nonetheless, we fully welcome any action that you or your party care to take against us. Any such threat will immediately be greeted with a legal ‘counterclaim’ against you personally, or your party, for unwarranted harassment etc, if the necessity does arise! Perhaps it is time for you to reconsider your political vocation, as current events indicate that you are experiencing difficulty in carrying out your duties in a constructive fashion that gives proper benefit to the public?  We are sorry if this response has come as a disappointment to you, but sadly you can only blame ‘yourself’ for the current predicament that you have irrationally brought down on your own head and that of your Conservative colleagues. “

Yours sincerely

Mr and Mrs Regan

It must be reiterated the Terry Jones along with his inconspicuous side-kick, Ted Hartill, has had plenty of opportunities to respond, yet has never done so.


Additional hollow promises of the Southport Tory Leader 

Interestingly, Cllr Jones was greatly assisted with his private debts several years ago by the Regans and at the time saved a great deal of money (allegedly a substantial four figure sum) due to this help. Jones actually told the Regans that he owed them a “large drink”. Jones however also never kept that particular promise.

Do the Southport public have a right to know what their feeble political representatives get up to?  

Time after time the Southport newspapers have been made fully aware of this abysmal situation, yet have amazingly chosen to ignore the matter.

Many people have since stated that censorship (or is it fear?) of the facts is highly questionable and not an option in any truly free and democratic society.

In these times of confusion and terrorism we need strong leaders with true guts, not timid politicians who are frightened of their own ward constituents.

Alas, that is NOT the end of the Ainsdale Tory shenanigans so as they say – ‘Watch this space!’ 


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