Well now, this is interesting.
Word reaches me from my little birds of an interesting funding arrangement apparently going on in the lead up to the local elections in May. If rumour is to be believed (And the source seems sound -Ed), then Dr Vel (IND – Westborough), the deputy mayor, has been funding a good chunk of UKIP’s leaflet costs in the borough.
Now, when Dr Vel quit the Independents to sit independently as an independent councillor (Again -Ed), I voiced the rumour of his potential defection to UKIP–a rumour he didn’t exactly squash. Whilst I still expect the ultimate decision on that front to rest on which banner he believes is more likely to deliver him re-election. But this development indicates that he’s certainly keeping his options open.
Dr Velmurugan, one of the councillors for Westborough ward on Southend Borough Council, has announced that he has quit the Independent
Party Group led by council leader Cllr Ron Woodley (IND – Thorpe).
Blimey, I’ve never known so much fuss over a waste collection contract.
(And, for anyone who has been following my blog from the early days, and who remembers that one of my first forays into local politics was over changes to the, err, waste collection contract in Wokingham — yes, I appreciate the irony)
When Mark Flewitt made an opportunistic attack on the failure of current waste collection providers Cory Environmental to make the shortlist for the new procurement contract, it was pretty much par for the course, right down to the mangled metaphors. But, it turns out, that he isn’t the only one.
I can understand why people are drawn to vote for independent candidates.
That might seem surprising, coming from someone with a deep and long-standing loyalty to the Labour Party, but then I do always try to put myself in the shoes and minds of others. And as I say, I can see why the Independent candidate can seem attractive.
Superficially, at least.