Tony Jones (for it is he) informs us that erstwhile Tory group leader in Reading Cllr Andrew Cumpsty is standing down from the council next May as well as relinquishing the leadership. Tony claims to be aware of the identity of Cumpsty's successor, which he does not share with us, although he does, apropos of not very much, post positively about Cllr Tim Harris
who is a councillor for the Tory increasingly-marginal Church ward and who is allegedly going to chicken-run north across the Thames. Well, possibly. But hang on. Why would he do that? He's not up for re-election and doesn't have to make that decision for at least a year. Tony also informs us that Tory councillor for Caversham Dave Luckett may stand down - also possibly true, but for which Tony offers no evidence - and that therefore one Richard Davies is lIkely to take Caversham for Labour. Mr Davies, whom I do not know, has not at the time of writing been selected as a candidate.
So, Tony, what is your game? Trying to run the agenda from your blog, are you? Well, I can sort of see your point. Over the past few years certain bloggers have been WAY more influential on the Reading political scene than most elected councillors have.
Tony reminds us at it is "not that long" since Caversham had Labour councillors. Depends what you call "not long". A few years, it is. And even then at least two of them were actively committed to securing Tory representation in Reading East. Bye, Ms Dysfunctional Kathryn Peak. Toodle-oo, Steve "never worked in his life" Waite.
Oh and Tony - cast your mind back those few years to when Caversham did still have a Labour councillor or two, and remember that you yourself were Mr Salter's favoured candidate for Reading East in 2005, nobly standing down in favour of Cllr Tony Page. So that went well then. (Sorry I spoiled your keynote speech opportunity by turning up at that Caversham curry house *tries to keep straight face*). Following which you were Martin Salter's favoured successor in Reading West. Until Mr S (of whom more later, bet you can't wait) thought maybe Reading West could be held after all and tried to un-stand down and get the dingbat Naz Sarkar deselected. Leaving poor Tone a'cold.
Never mind chaps, just try and keep the noise down a bit over there, won't you?