by Ian Shires on 24 February, 2017
Published by danielbarker on 24 February, 2017
If it had been a sporting contest, there would now be allegations about match-fixing. The Conservatives, given a golden opportunity to win, clearly set out to lose.
With the Council finely balanced, the unexpected absence of Cllr Richard Worrall – struggling to get back from a day in the East Midlands thanks to Storm Doris – handed the advantage to the Tories & their independent/kipper allies. It became clear as the meeting went on that Labour were slowing things down to give their absent colleague time to get back before the crucial vote. The Tories quickly realised this, but rather than seize the moment and use it to vote down the Budget, they joined in with the obvious delaying tactics.
Cllr Andrew gave their game away when he all but admitted he was helping Labour out and asked a question which virtually gave a Labour Cabinet member a chance to repeat the presentation he had just given! Cllr Perry joined in by taking about quarter of an hour to talk about Pelsall Library (which ultimately prevented a number of other councillors speaking on this subject).
It was in the middle of Cllr Perry’s speech that Cllr Worrall arrived to much applause & cheering, thereby returning the numbers advantage back in favour of the Budget going through, which it did.
But why did the Tories want to lose this vote? It’s so they could then blame the nasty Labour & Lib.Dem. councillors for making all the cuts that they haven’t got the guts to make themselves! The last thing the Tories wanted was the responsibility of having to make these difficult decisions and getting the blame that goes with them.
Labour & the Lib.Dems. are not only doing Theresa May’s dirty work for her; we are now doing the local Tories’ dirty work as well.