Thursday, 15 May 2008

Postscript on "incapable" Lib Dems

Cllr Woodman's defence of his party's refusal to take control of Bristol City Council (apart from the fact they're "incapable" of running the city) is that the Tories would not have actually supported any of their policies, so they wouldn't have been able to get their programme through. But everyone knows that the majority of decisions these days are taken by the Council Executive, and that very few decisions go to full Council. For example, the potholes in the road they are so fond of pointing at on their leaflets - doesn't take a full Council vote to get them fixed!

OK, they might have struggled to get a budget through, but as supporters of proportional representation, which tends to lead to coalition government or minority rule, surely they accept that doing deals with other parties and achieving a consensus is part and parcel of politics?

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