What on earth is happening to the local Liberal Democrats? They have deselect David Watkins, one of just two councillors they have on the City Council. It is not that the Lib Dems are top of the popularity stakes just now and can afford to dispense with the service of David who is well liked and respected in Brunswick and Adelaide.
The other Lib Dem councillor, Paul Elgood, seems to be doing everything possible to attack Labour. Could it be that he is looking to jump ship in order to join the Tories while David is looking towards Labour? In the Argus on Tuesday, Elgood praises the Coalition Government for plans to improve post offices. Funny, he makes no mention of proposed cuts across the public sector. In his blog he praises Mark Collins, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Central Hove ward in next May’s city elections, who “has re-affirmed our commitment to oppose any increase in the tuition fees”. This leaves me a bit confused. Does Cllr Elgood not know that his Leader, Nick Clegg, is justifying an increase in tuition fees as “progressive”? Is he not aware that public anger is focused well and truly at the Lib Dems for betraying the commitment to vote against any increase in tuition fees?
Roll on May 2011. It will be “farewell, Liberal Democrats in Brighton and Hove” (and in many places across the country).