Councillor Gordon Gillick of the UK Independence Party, representing the ward of Waldersey just South West of Wisbech spoke at a meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council on the 16th of July 2013.
Cllr Gillick, who, as councillor, is now one of those responsible for running the county of Cambridgeshire, expressed a rather bizarre view of the academic and knowledge based industries which thrive in and around the city of Cambridge. Cllr Gillick said:
Cambridge doesn’t sell anything that’s bulky.
People come here. People whisper in their ears, they tell them stories, they tell them the facts, they tell them fairy tales, they teach them to speak English. Off they go again, no packaging, no transport, nothing. They do it all.
And if they forget it it’s their fault they’re stupid.
Perhaps it was this kind of speech which David Cameron had been listening to from UKIP when he described them as fruitcakes and loonies.
In the just over three minute speech Cllr Gillick also admitted to almost driving on the the busway saying:
The busway which is hilarious. I almost drove down it the other day by accident.
Cllr Gillick made his own proposal for solving the problems with the A14 saying:
What you need to do is build a road down the busway for the local traffic, people, from Fenstanton, Fen Drayton and St Ives all the way down into the town and and just leave it as it is because we can’t afford, we shouldn’t afford and it won’t make any difference.
The speech was made during debate on a a UKIP motion which would have required a referendum on proposals for the council to contribute funds to infrastructure projects such as the proposed A14 upgrade.
Cllr Gillick claimed that a businessman would not put money into the A14. This was countered by council leader Martin Curtis, who interjected with a “point of information” saying that the business led Local Enterprise Partnership has committed to put up “twenfifty million pounds”.
What the Local Enterprise Partnership have offered is £50m of future business rates income, which is public money raised through taxes, not businesses volunteering to invest cash.