The weakest link…..
Another day of embarrassment for Leeds City Council in the letters pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post. A barrage of criticism is directed at proposals to situate a ‘waste transfer site’ opposite the playground of Kirkstall Valley Primary School. Students at the school organised a protest last Friday with gas masks and the chair of the governors reports that;
“Students are writing letters, organising petitions and will participate in a deputation to the council”
As a governor at a different school I can only empathise with the position of the governors and the students. Nothing would compel me to accept a similar decision. Cleary, closeness to a school should make the intended site inappropriate for such a facility; apart from the obvious there exists the very real potential for accidents to happen.
Another letter comes from Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Leeds West showing that once again the policies of the council have made us a soft target for our political opponents. Behind these policies it has to be suspected lies the price of a coalition with the Conservatives. Councillor Andrew Carter takes over the leadership of the council on their behalf and suggests that tensions exist within the coalition over the handling of recent bin strike;
“Coun Carter feels that during the strike the council failed to get its message across effectively.”
A coalition is only useful up to and including the point it allows you to advance your own party and cause. The coalition in Leeds has become an active break on the development of the Liberal Democrat party and is becoming a clear burden. Why it is maintained is therefore beyond me because it is an active force in bringing the party into disrepute. An independent Liberal Democrat Party would hopefully be able to serve the public in Leeds better as it would be able to develop it’s own policies developed around its own values. If we cannot speak with our own voice then the electorate will punish us on May 6th and both parties will find themselves out of power.
UPDATE: It seems some Leeds Liberal Democrats cant understand once a written convention is established it is then followed. Intent on finding any excuse to discipline me they have interpreted an ‘independant Liberal Democrat party’ as being a rebel one I intend to set-up. I am happy to indulge them with the rules of basic English and explain it means independent of the current coalition.