Well, like many hard working Labour Cllrs up and down this country I have suffered an election loss. Wiped out!! Due to our Prime Minister who should have gone ages ago, and the government, plus ministers who ought to have resigned last week or been sacked. I ask you what good is it doing this today...after our hammering in the polls. Our voters were not unhappy at our performance, or the Council's performance they were just registering a protest to our govt. That's what they said to colleagues who went "knocking up".
The Leader of Crawley Council was interviewed at lunchtime on the radio.....very sensible...up and down this country are 254 (more now) hardworking and talented cllrs who through no fault of their own have lost their seats due to our government and the Blair factor (bad) plus the ministers who have let us down by their words, actions or lack of competence.
Iraq was bad....I reluctantly remained within the party as Blair refused to listen...I was with Robin Cooke and not just opposed the war but marched and argued against us starting the War without the backing of the UN, I felt lied to over "weapons of mass disappearance"because I was an elected Cllr.(having been a member since I was 16 some 35+ years ago (and long to see principles and practice of socialism within the party again.)....the non listening PM and his merry men in No 10 continue...the rarified bubble that is Westminster seems to pervade all that they do...get real...and down and dirty with the rest of us in the country....
yes a lot has been achieved by Labour in government and in our Councils....and there is a lot still to do but why shoot ourselves in the feet when there is so much more we could achieve.
Is it too late?
Why did Gordon not seek to take over before....will I forgive him his reluctance to stand up and be counted?
Will the shuffle be in vain...
in the name of God Blair go..GO!!..you will blow apart all the good your govt has achieved. I may not like your political colour but you could go down as the only Labour Leader to lead us to 3 victories in GE.not one that lead us to chaos and disaster...there will not be much left at this rate for Gordon or any other leader to lead!!
...most people say I will now have more time to bird!!
I've been advised to move to Norfolk..(can I afford too?)
well I will see, lots of thinking to be done.
I need a part-time job.
I go to Espana on Tuesday with a fellow ex-Cllr who also got wiped out in another ward on our Council plus his better half and his birding pal of over 25 years....I think I'll be learning more about the finer points of Spanish/European birds!!
I think a week away is just what the Dr. ordered!!
I have a feeling that the painting and decorating that my lovely house requires will now be done by me.All those jobs that must be attended to will be listed rather than ignored and the garden will be sorted again....weeding a bit today!!
(Yesterday in a garden of our committee room we saw a Willow Warbler....an unusal guest along with the house sparrows...the RN parakeets flying over and seranaded by Robins, Blue and Great Tits and Blackbirds!!)
Tomorrow the play-offs....come on you Eagles!!!!