You have to, on some level, feel for Southend Conservatives. Not only have they been roundly rejected by the Southend electorate, lost control of the council for the first time in fourteen years, but they do keep getting kicked by their national counterparts.
The efforts of James Duddridge to single-handedly alienate every Conservative activist and voter in his half of the borough are laudable, but you can’t fault the work of the national party as a whole who seem intent on taking their local policy positions apart from the top downwards.
From Duddridge’s declaration that the sea wall was clearly a terrible idea — conveniently coming just after Tory councillors had lost their seats over it — to the recent decision by Eric Pickles to ban the use of so-called “spy cars” to enforce parking regulations, you wonder if there will be anything left of the local Conservative platform at all.
Last year, Defiance was one of those shows which I hadn’t expected a great deal from. A Syfy — still the stupidest rebranding exercise in recent history — produced show made by the creator of Farscape (of which my opinion is a matter of public record) with music by Bear McCreary.
It wasn’t perfect, with a tendency to misstep pretty hard just when it seemed to be getting into its stride, but the story of a world post-alien terraforming accident, and a wild-west-style town in that new world was an engaging one. That potential, that edge of boldness, was exactly the sort of show which TV science-fiction needed.
Though the first season didn’t end on the high that I would have hoped, there is enough going into the second season to be positive and hopeful about.