…and arrogant Lib Dems.
Last Thursday Labour came third in the Bude North and Stratton by election for Unitary Council with 120 votes. The Lib Dems did well to hang on to most of their vote (958) despite opposition from the Tories (395), Labour (120) and an Independent (93).
Labour has not campaigned in Bude for a long time and it was always going to be difficult but we are committed to putting candidates everywhere we can in Cornwall so people can vote the way they want to. Adrian Jones is a great candidate, he worked his socks off for every vote and that deserves respect.
Adrian also set up a website to give people more information about him and his views. In it he was very open about Labour’s history in Bude and instead of the usual political jibes at opponents and mud slinging, he put out some thoughtful comments.
Shamefully, the Lib Dems decided to twist his words and put them in a petty leaflet to support their tactic of telling people they are the only alternative to Tories. Which is also what one of their number tweeted to me after the results.
I don’t think it is up to the Lib Dems to tell people they have no choice in how to vote and I also think if they are offering an alternative to the Tory party they keep in government at Westminster, they should tell us what it is.
Currently the Lib Dems are all jumping about the closure of public toilets in Cornwall. While I share the concern they have not said one word about how they would save the money their government has axed from our council budget without these kind of drastic measures.
The Lib Dems ran the County Council from 2005 – 2009 and a more incompetent, wasteful and arrogant administration would be hard to find. Every year they screamed blue murder as the Labour government gave above inflation increases to Cornwall, every year they wasted more money and tried to blame every unpopular decision they made on the government.
Now you would imagine the swingeing cuts we are having to deal with in Cornwall have nothing to do with their party.
There was another by election on Thursday, in part of a ward the Lib Dems won in 2009 and voters gave quite a different verdict, which is interesting to anoraky people like me.
In Mount Charles Town Council by election, the Conservatives won with 266 (Anne Double, wife of the Unitary Councillor Steve Double and is it Tory policy to put husbands up for Unitary seats and wives for town council? Seems a bit old fashioned.) Independent 187, Labour 108, Lib Dems 90.
No, Labour didn’t win there either although we worked hard and we beat the Lib Dems. We go into the Wendron by election on November 24 with no certainty of winning either. What we will do is show our commitment to people in Cornwall by putting up a good candidate and working hard to win back trust and support.