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Local Lib Dem Leader loving the power (but forgetting the point?)!

by Barry

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.


Daniel King September 17, 2010 - 10:44 pm

So just like every Lib Dem then… :/

bazkirby September 18, 2010 - 7:53 am

Lol, but on a serious note, I think there are a lot of Lib Dems who just don’t like what the party has become becuase of the coalition. Again, there is two councillors who have transferred to the Labour Party becuase of the situation, which makes something like 20 since the Con-Lib formation.

There is a thought too that many might move to the Green Party, as that is now the party that may represent what people joined the Libs for in the first place.

But then there are others who have smelled power and like it.

Eddie September 18, 2010 - 7:56 am

I think there are lots of Labourites who cant’ face reality

Joe K September 18, 2010 - 10:57 am

The Lib Dems have always been my ideological choice (me being a bleeding art liberal and all), but Labour were the practical choice, because the Lib Dems never had a hope of being in power (which in a nutshell is the problem with ‘first past the post’, and why I even bothered to vote in the last election, even though none of the candidates were particularly appealing).

Local Lib Dems, as I’ve said before, are a different matter, with one or two honourable exceptions, and sadly, I now suspect, the national variety too. Now, Jeremy Hilton has a sniff of influence, and that loose alliance with Labour over the ‘giant incinerator’ and other opportunities to score points against the Tory-led council are history. People who stuck to their principles are laughing their socks off, but in a dignified manner, of course.

Eddie September 18, 2010 - 1:55 pm

I have never ben able to understand why some elevate political parties to the staus of religious icons. The thinking man votes for the best candidate ( or even party ) at the time.

For instance I did vote for Blaire on his first election victory, but havn’t been able to vote labour since.

Joe K September 18, 2010 - 5:17 pm

To be clear, I voted Graham in the election, because keeping Dhanda out was definitely the first order of business…

Btw, shameless plug, but the Barton Fayre is next Saturday, 11-4, at Widden Field. ‘Kiss of death’ that I am, I may be the only person in the partnership advertising it.


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