Monday, May 19, 2008

Just A Bit Of Fun

It looks as though the two local MPs and the Leader of the Council have been looking at the same ward breakdown of the London election results that I have.

The results that are the best indicator of the local situation in Sutton are those for the London Assembly candidate. The Conservatives won fourteen of the eighteen wards in the Borough and won the popular vote in both Parliamentary constituencies. If this was reflected in the General and Local elections, the three LibDem politicians would have failed in their quest to "Save Our Seats".

These breakdowns are only indicative of voting trends and it is difficult to translate this to national and local politics but they are useful. The variations between elections can be seen by the ballot where people had to tick which party they supported. Before postal votes were redistributed, the Conservatives won every single ward in the Borough. It would be rather Mugabe-esque to believe that this was anything else but, as Peter Snow would have said, "Just a bit of fun."

We've got a lot of work to continue over the next couple of years to clearly demonstrate the ever decreasing returns that residents in Sutton get from their LibDem politicians. What may have started as a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed administration in the 1980s has become a tired one, with few new ideas coming from the elected leaders themselves.

We will also be setting out our positive vision for Sutton. Negative politics may be effective in getting people elected. It has no place in running a Borough. Instead only innovation, inspiration and hard work will see better value for money and the very best services. Don't forget you can help us with this by going to www.changesutton.org.uk and letting us know what you think.

3 comments:

RFK said...

I make no secret that I think Paul Burstow is useless. He inspired me to get involved in local politics as I was so fed up of having an MP that did nothing!

It would be fantastic if these reults were translated into a GE and Council Election. I'm really not sure how much more the Borough can take of the Lib Dems

cllr david pickles said...

The connecting thing about the 3 musketeers in the photo, is that they all look so miserable, but then it's a well-known fact that Lib-Dems don't have a sense of humour anyway, apart from Paddy Kane that is.

cllr david pickles said...

I've commented on this before, but I just cannot believe the look on Burstow's face! He is trying to look serious, but underneath it his facial expression reveals he knows absolutely nothing about what he is campaigning for.

The words Marceau and Marcel spring to mind!