Monday, May 17, 2010

A By Election Already

Just when you thought it was all over. It has emerged that one of the elected Redbridge councillors was ineligible to stand because he works for the council as a school teacher. We expect a by election to be called tomorrow, Tuesday, for one seat in Chadwell ward.

No general election turnout, no prospect of changing the balance of power in the council chamber, equals low turnout and an unpredictable result, except that Labour won’t win this time.

Cue bunfight at the OK Coral down at Sevenways Parade over who gets the Tory nomination, and similarly in the LibDem bunker. And another chance for the most photographed finger in Redbridge.

Meanwhile Labour have emulated the Liberal Democrats and changed their leader, Elaine Norman stepping down with Bob Littlewood being elevated to the heights of command. The Tories changed their leader last year so not much prospect of any change there.

We also note that there has been a change in the rules forced upon the council by the recently departed government which means that this week’s ceremonial Full Council has to elect a Council Leader. In years past this was left to the following meeting one week later where tradition has it that some councillors forget to turn up. Redbridge Eye has spotted preparations to relay events as they unfold to the overspill crowd outside the Town Hall. It is also reported that Cllr Bond, the new LibDem leader, is in “talks” with Tory leader Keith Prince over a possible coalition. So we should know on Thursday evening which way our council will be hanging and whether Cllr Cleaver will have the opportunity to live up to his name.

11 comments:

  1. Well, from being totally boring the political scene in Redbridge is hotting up again.
    So is the weather.
    A personal plea: capital punishment for the idiotic vandals who have just inflicted such grief on the senior citizens who wish to spend their last days on the allotments. (And young families too.)
    Actually my vandals are taking a malicious pleasure in destroying plants as well as damaging equipment. I wish they could be faced with their random victims and enjoy the real harm they cause, just in case they have a iota of conscience in them and then, we should be able to dispose of them.
    annesevant

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  2. Does not a single raised finger imply a somewhat obscene version of the command to go forth and multiply?

    Perhaps the political parties could have an economic election and each of them have the finger's owner as their candidate. After all, he's been a member of three of them, stood for election in Chadwell for two of them, and even had aspirations to join yet another!

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  3. I think that would be a different digit?
    Have you not heard of the Goldilocks Theory? You try things out until you find one that is "just right".

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  4. Are you saying he's done porridge? Oh I see, silly me..

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  5. Anne - perhaps capital punishment for ANYBODY who destroys allotments, by whatever means of destruction?

    As for "Goldilocks Theory", B21, I always thought that she was the one who dishonestly stole food from unsuspecting innocents.

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  6. Trust Morris to raise the discussion to a higher level!
    Doing that would mean a long purdah and, probably a change in the colour of the majority, which is green now, I think, and might turn orange!
    And Judith would need to sharpen her knitting needles and prepare lots of snacks to enjoy whilst watching.
    annesevant

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  7. With Capital punishment for destroyers of Allotments, I would quite happily sacrifice them for the loss of certain Councillors.

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  8. Let's compare our respective lists, Dopey. I'm sure that more than just a few names might appear on both!

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  9. Dopeyf!
    I thought 'I' could bear a grudge!
    annesevant

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  10. Judith will be wielding the axe or dropping Mme Guillotine's blade!!!!

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  11. Judith is well known for being sharp.

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