Take a bow Bristol’s only Green Councillor, Charlie Bolton.
In an extraordinarily misjudged outburst on his blog, Charlie managed to put not only a large dent in his credibility and raise huge questions about his personal integrity, he’s also effortlessly managed to bring his strongly emerging party into disrepute.
The purpose of Charlie’s post appeared to be to lend unconditional support to his friend and former employer, Red Trouser Gate’s pantomime villain, George Ferguson.
However, it’s probably not the best idea for a politician to lend their support to a property developer at the centre of an emerging public land sale scandal is it?
But Charlie didn’t stop there. He also thought it’d be a good idea to launch an ad hominem attack on Green Bristol Blogger, Chris Hutt and, really oddly, his own South Bristol Green Party colleague Glen Vowles. Coincidentally two bloggers that have been instrumental in exposing – and placing in to the public domain – the details of the controversial Ferguson/Bishop Railway Path land deal.
A deal, which if halted – as is becoming increasingly likely thanks to these two bloggers – could have serious financial implications for Charlie’s friend, George Ferguson.
Since his post on Thursday, Bolton has tried to row back a bit on his position saying:
I have merely given my opinion on George Ferguson, based on the personal contact I have had with him over the last few years.
Before laughably claiming:
I have not followed the Chocolate Factory development in any detail
Which rather raises the question of why has he gone to the effort of publicly attacking two people who have been following and researching the matter very closely indeed?
So much for the Green Party’s new politics then. It all looks rather like sleazy old politics-as-usual doesn’t it?
And politics-as-usual, in the guise of Bristol’s Lib Dems, hasn’t been slow to spot how easily seduced Charlie apparently is by the charms of money. Perhaps potential power will act as a similar aphrodisiac?
So who should crop up in the comments of Charlie’s blog as his staunchest defender but our friend Lib Dem bruiser Gary Hopkins gushing:
suggesting Charlie may be guilty of a cover up is unfair in the extreme
Then here he is again today toadying to Bolton on this very blog:
I do think even though he might be in a different party that C[harlie] B has integrity
All of which, roughly translated from Bristol Lib Dem into English, actually means, “you’re a soft touch with a vote that could put us in power next May and keep us there”.
And what an excellent prospect a Lib-Dem/Green coalition is for the city. Judging from Hopkins’ recent comments, it seems secret public land sales to local developers arranged by private phone call to senior officers will continue as they have been for years but will be tastefully rebranded as “lobbying” to make it sound more legit.