Whilst everyone — myself included — have been focused on the extraordinary implosion of UKIP in Southend, the Independent
Party Group on the council have quietly been undergoing their own woes.
It’s easy to forget that the switch from cabinet to committee system was the pet issue of the Indies as well/before UKIP. And yet they scarcely did any better when the vote came up at the last council meeting. The Independent councillors in the cabinet either voted for it or abstained (Turkeys? Christmas? -Ed).
And now, the already loose alliance of cliques seems to be fracturing itself.