It’s worth just reminding ourselves what is going on over the border in Norfolk.
In May, the Conservatives gained 40 seats versus; 15 for UKIP, 14 for Labour, 10 for the Lib Dems, four Green Party councillors and one independent. So, much like here in Cambridgeshire, the Conservatives were far, far ahead of any other party. Nonetheless, also much like here in Cambridgeshire, the other parties decided (in the name of “democracy” no doubt) to try and stitch up the works of the council anyway. The council became that most monstrous of monsters, a LibLabKip Coalition and UKIP managed to put aside all its opposition to socialism, the EU and the nanny state to vote a Labour Councillor in as leader. It’d be funny if it wasn’t such a travesty.
Continuing to mirror events here in Cambridgeshire, the UKIP contingent almost immediately seemed to go askew. Cllr. Georgiou (UKIP) resigned under some cloud about shoplifting accusations/questions six weeks after being elected and triggered an expensive by-election. Labour won the by-election and have now overtaken UKIP as the largest “opposition” party. Except, since they are in charge of the council and one of their members is the leader, they aren’t an opposition party at all. It all gets a bit confusing. They are the largest party in the ruling coalition, but still miles smaller than the largest party who is in opposition. Ouch. Headache.
So here we have the members of the official ruling coalition scrabbling to win seats off of one another, in by-elections caused by resignations from their own numbers over suggestions of criminality. Or something like that. Joyful, huh? Must be fun to be at their cabinet meetings. They do still have cabinet meetings too. No sign of them moving to the Committee System. Perhaps that’s because they won control of the council and want something that works? As Hong Kong Fuey would say: “Could be.”
What I find interesting is that it doesn’t seem to matter what non-Conservative party people vote for. These days there are only two parties. The Conservatives and the not-Conservatives. Any councillor who isn’t a Conservative seems to think their key job is to oppose the Conservatives. Which is why all this LabLibCon rhetoric has stopped working for UKIP. Because it’s simply not the truth anymore. There is Conservative. And there is LibLabKipGrnInd. Or “Lefties” for short. Simples.