By Martin Whitelock
The inevitable happened:
– LibDems will wait until the June election in the likelihood of being voted in by the electorate as they are now the majority party in Bristol.
– Conservatives got severely reprimanded by LibDem and Labour for initiating the motion of no confidence so close to the June election, as an unnecessary use of council time and public money (as reflected in the four public statements). But, who can blame them?
– Conservatives attack Labour for their primary school closures, and try to force Libdems to take control of the administration ahead of the forthcoming elections.
– Helen Holland defended her position as leader with a rise in educational performance (but let’s not forget the measures keep changing), increased partnership working and administrative openness (including access to information).
– Charlie Bolton (Green Party) supported the motion of no confidence mainly on the basis of his objection to the privatisation of health care.
– the debate centred on policy differences between the three main parties (though it’s increasingly looking like two – Lab and LibDem) when I was expecting a discussion on any evidence for the basis for ‘no confidence’ or any substantive failings in the delivery of services. However, some fun was had by two councillors (Con-Peter Abraham and Lab-Peter Hammond) who had a lengthy disagreement about whether a senior officer visited Stockwood school about its closure.
A thought occurred to me. If Bristol is truly a green city, how come it only has ONE green councillor?