THE MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset made some withering remarks about Somerset Day during a debate on the Queen’s Speech in Parliament last night.
The Somerset Day CIC is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company governed by a board of volunteer directors drawn from local communities and businesses and is run by a part time CEO. It has no connection with Somerset County Council.
However Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger both criticised the ‘day’ and attacked the leader of the council, Cllr David Fothergill, for celebrating it.
He said: “Somerset Day is a publicity stunt, with no genuine history behind it.
“It was invented six years ago and now offers credibility to the leader of Somerset County Council, who was happily waving the Somerset flag today.
“The flag shows an overweight dragon with acute blood pressure on a background of fluorescent custard.
“Somerset County Council doesn’t represent all of Somerset and is much less popular than a bucket of cold custard.”