Cllr Pete Reeve
No bog standard Councillor, Ramsey’s Pete Reeve is a man of action. As a recent Sunday Times article announced Cllr Reeve can be found hanging round his local public conveniences "Every evening just after 6pm, once he has finished work".
Dressed in his Brown Suit and Brown shoes and looking flushed with recent poll success, this one man “Cottage Industry” rolls up his sleeves and gets to the bottom of what needs to be done.
The Sunday Times article goes on to spell out Cllr Reeves routine "First, knocking on the doors of the four cubicles to make sure they are empty, he sets to with mop and bucket to give them a thorough scrubbing". Whilst some people may think this a little potty and have pooh-poohed his efforts, it is amazing that a talented busy man like Cllr Reeve should be doing this work … work that could be undertaken by, oh… for instance … a low skilled, worker - even one with poor language skills - a recently arrived eastern European for example … Ah .. Yes! I see the problem here …
Cllr Reeve doesn’t lead a lavish lifestyle - although it is clearly lav-“ish”. As the Sunday Times points out this “is not the only extracurricular work carried out by Cllr Reeve … he also collects litter, spruces up cemeteries, sweeps up dog dirt, grits hard-to-reach lanes in icy weather and helps out the police when there is trouble.”
Perhaps by way of explanation the article goes on to say “His wife, Lisa Duffy, is Ramsey’s mayor, and his mother, Shirley, sits on the town council.”