Today is Civic Sunday & I will be participating in the parade & service at St Mary’s church to usher in the New Mayor, Val Gill, into office. On Thursday we had the Annual Council meeting in the town hall where she officially took office for the next municipal year. Today we will parade from the Town Hall in the high street, lead by a band, to the Civic Service at St Mary’s church.
This will be my last Civic Sunday & my last act as a councillor. Tomorrow I will retire. I have been proud to have represented the public of Morfe ward since I was first elected in 1999. During this time I have used my expertise as a surveyor on planning matters to ensure our beautiful town is enhanced by quality applications & our rich heritage protected. I have campaigned for road safety improvements & speed limit reductions in Quatford & The Hermitage. Worked to establish community groups. Campaigned for fairer funding for schools. Improvements on the riverside & in Low Town. Worked to see the cemetery improved & extended – including undertaking a survey of the site for the council. I have campaigned for the introduction of technology to councils to make them more efficient. Amongst many other things for individual people & businesses in my ward.
Well the Polls showed the public were overwhelmingly in favour of a hung parliament & parties working together. Now we have a hung parliament, with a coalition government the colour of which few probably expected. Personally I don’t think this new government will fall apart as some predict. The early indications are that quite a broad program of agreement has already been established between the LibDems & the Conservatives. rules of engagement have been drawn up to cover areas of disagreement.
There is inherent danger for the LibDems in any coalition deal. Of the offers on the table yesterday only the Conservative one was credible & however desirable the Labour ‘offer’ would have never worked. Now that agreement has been reached then there is a modicum of stability for the foreseeable future, at least at parliamentary level. There may yet be some blood letting in both the LibDems & the Conservatives, but I believe both parties will, largely, be much more pragmatic than the commentators give them credit for. Both sides have given up a lot to makes this deal stick.
Disappointing result for the LibDems last Thursday but the main story over the last few days has been the hung parliament.
Gordon Brown resigned… well nearly! Only in a few months. What a farce!! He should have resigned as Labour leader there and then whilst staying on as PM until the new Government was in place.
The Con/LibDem deal is the only viable option on the table & I hope this deal comes to fruition today. Time is marching on and a deal now needs to be struck.
The resignation of Brown upset the whole apple cart yesterday. Labour talks have taken place today but a Lab/LibDem deal is a none starter. Labour can not carry their own MPs in votes as it is & the vibe is that many would rebel & even vote against their own queen’s speech! There can be no confidence in Labour figures adding up to a minority government of what ever coalition colour. Rejecting this is the best way of dumping Brown now & not in September.
The Con/LibDem coalition option is the only stable one that can get to grips with the issues facing the country. If this can not be hammered out then the LibDems should walk away but that is a very unpalatable position. The referendum concession from the conservatives is a big one.