Its not too often that we make the comparisons between the local government and the national, however it seems the Gloucester Liberal Democrat Leader, Jeremy Hilton is turning into a right Nick Clegg, a Mini-Clegg if you will. He has sniffed the power of being allied with the Tories and he is now seconding any Tory motion going.
At the City Council meeting this week, he made a number of comments that just demonstrated how he is loving the Con-Lib state of affairs.
Labour Councillor Nick Durrant passionately defended the Lannet in Moreland and Matson Park play areas, funding for which is being cut by the Tory Council.
Jeremy backed the Council and the Government that Moreland and Matson didn’t need the investment, to add insult to injury, he called across the Council Chamber to Nick – “Lib-Dem action mate”.
Nick says, “Sadly we don’t just have a Tory Lib-Dem coalition in Government, we also have a Tory Lib-Dem coalition in the council as well. Lib-Dems are not defending our communities against the cuts. They are backing the cuts.”
And then later on, Jeremy said that he was glad that Parmjit Dhanda was defeated by the new Tory MP, “We have got him (Parmjit Dhanda) off our back and now have a benign MP who does nothing.”
Labour Leader Mark Hobbs said, “What the Lib-Dem leader said proves that a vote for the Liberals is a vote for the Tories. Jeremy Hilton is a Tory in Liberal Clothing.”
Its a pity, as I know a lot of his local members don’t agree with the way things are going for the Liberals, however, credit where credit is due, I won’t disagree with the comments Jeremy made about the new MP.