the Silly Boys were a bit quick off the mark:
Labour Leader Jo Lovelock, who leads the largest group on Reading Borough Council, has condemned the Liberal Democrats for their decision to join with the Tories in a joint ConDem Cabinet on the Westminster model agreed between Nick Clegg and David Cameron. No it is not. The Westminster model as she calls it is something quite else, and Labour is not the largest party in Parliament.
She says: "On 6 May the Tories in Reading lost Minster and failed to win any of their target seats. What were those then? Share their strategy with you over a cuppa did they Jo? Labour won six seats two seats not six - Minster from Tories and Battle was a notional Labour gain - but the seat had originally elected a Labour councillor, who left Labour because of Sutton and Lovelock's disgraceful bullying and came second in five and third in the rest, including Caversham, which had three Labour councillors when there was a Labour MP in Reading East we continue to have broad support across the town, why didn't you win Church and why did you lose Katesgrove, while Labour Redlands becomes a distant memory, eh?and there is no local logic to the Liberal Democrats' decision. Seems highly logical to me. In power or not in power. Who would choose to be out of power?
"But this is obviously part of a national political shift. Nothing to do with Reading's Labour administration then? The Reading Evening Post trumpetings about Labour's "achievements" are down to national swing too are they? The Liberal Democrats at Westminster have signed up to Tory policy on the economy and on cuts to public services, on Europe the only Reading Labour Group foreign policy that I know of is on Israel - they want to destroy it, on defence, on nuclear power so what about Reading's many nuclear power stations? this is pitiful stuff and much more. The Liberal Democrats in Reading, who have always told us they want to protect public services, now want to have their hands on the Tories' axe. ooh er missus
"I know many Liberal Democrat members and supporters who have been horrified by their deal with David Cameron. So? The national polls are already showing a real swing to Labour from the Liberal Democrats, who have abandoned any pretence of being progressive party. Indefinite article here please - who is drafting this stuff? Howarth? Labour in Reading will be a very active opposition, starting now. Let's get this straight. Has there been a vote in council that Labour should go into opposition? Ah, but you never were big on the democratic process were you Jo? The people of Reading did not vote for this ConDem coalition, do not deserve this ConDem coalition, they sure as f*** deserve better than the group of corrupt scumbags in the Labour Group and I am sure will take an early opportunity to say so through the ballot what? The Labour Group resigning en masse to create a whole bunch of by-elections? if not the next opportunity will be at the next election. Democracy Key Stage One. Do try and keep up.