The PBROTRIB has been asked by local activist Darryll Goodliffe to publish his reasons for (again) leaving the Labour Party, to a wider audience.Our pageviews yesterday (Sunday) were 584, and for the whole of May 25,243.
We'd normally fight shy of running this personal polemic but leaving the political element (if possible) aside.
Darryll is however hitting on many substantive issues surrounding the whole council process, and if you believe pub and terrace chatter, the most damaging apart from the mean 'brown bin tax' is rewarding a number of hyper salaried 'deadbeats' that seem to be on a winning lottery ticket for life; judging by the number of grossly over inflated payrises waved through just prior to the Conservatives losing (as we correctly predicted) four seats and the Peterborough City Council plunged into No Overall Control.
Using the search panel top left on the Peterborough Tribune News Blog, we can effectively background all the issues Mr Goodliffe raises. Also bear in mind that except for Central Ward the voting turnout was approximately 33%, so two thirds of our residents didn't bother to engage with the process, and of those who did, many used the increasingly discredited postal vote system. Police are looking into aspects of it, but they need your evidence of wrongdoing to make any criminal prosecution stick.. The PBROTRIB will pass on any information you may have.
DARRYLL GOODLIFFE WRITES: Why I am leaving the Labour Party ….
This, as you can perhaps imagine, is a difficult blog to write. I have been in and out of the Labour Party and I genuinely thought this time, I would end my political days in the Party. However, I have decided that staying would be too great a burden on my conscience and that, in the last analysis, I must follow my instincts and my feelings. I think it has become pretty clear to regular readers of my blog and those who follow my political discourse that I am not happy in the Party.
I think its pretty well known that I speak my mind and that, on occasions this leads to clashes with the powers that be. This I can handle and it is something that I feel political parties in general should learn to accept and embrace as healthy. If they don’t then they will probably wither and die. Part of the media and indeed voter fascination with UKIP is that they and Nigel Farage dare to be different. We laugh and sneer and turn our noses up at the extremely outlandish and often distasteful views expressed by ‘Kippers’, but it is obviously part of their charm with large swathes of the electorate who feel disenchanted and disillusioned with a political establishment that simply doesnt seem to listen or care.
Our obsession with airbrushed unity and being ‘on-message’ is killing politics and handing the field to the likes of UKIP. Nobody agrees on everything, nor should they have to pretend they do, go into any pub during a football game and you will encounter a thousand different opinions, argument, controversy etc, etc, join a political party and you’re expected to toe the line come what may.
So, the substantive issue is this: the inability of the [ Peterborough ] Labour Group to clearly and unequivocally back a motion of no confidence in Marco Cereste.
Councillor Cereste is presiding over his very own omnishambles. Peterborough is in a fix. Yes, some of that is due to central government cut-backs but not all.
Councillor Cereste has tied Peterborough’s financial future hook line and sinker into projects such as the Solar Energy Park, there is more, capital is flowing into suspect projects like the Joint Venture Development Fund.
It is clear to anybody with a pair of eyes to see that his regime is going to end in tears, primarily for Peterborough’s long-suffering residents who have already carried the can far too much for this administrations failure in Brown Bin charges, Children’s Centre cut-backs, the list goes on and on and the pain is only going to intensify the longer Councillor Cereste is allowed to continue in charge of Peterborough City Council. He does not deserve our “sympathy” but our explicit condemnation.
I am not saying the alternatives are easy; they aren’t however, they are infinitely preferable to a continuation of the current administration. Sadly, although there are honourable exceptions, this seems not to be seen by enough in the Labour Group.
The city seems to come second either to electoral expediency, political cowardice, or other forms of political chicanery. I am proud of what the campaign achieved in West Ward but I was not just campaigning for myself to be elected but an end to an administration that has had its day.
Every single Labour campaign, including the one in West, is simply being spat on by the current position of the Labour Group to take no action, is not acceptable.
I therefore, in good conscience, cannot continue as a member of the Labour Party nor recommend a Labour administration to this City under its current leadership.
Nationally, although far from perfect, a Labour government would be preferential to a Conservative one, however that is simply not enough to justify my continued membership.
I want to carry on the fight against Marco Cereste, a fight that most (not all) within Labour seem to have abandoned and I want to carry on the fight for West Ward, both of which are dear to my heart.
I will do so as an Independent. I wish those within Labour that have stayed faithful to Peterborough as a City well and I urge them to resist the current leadership which has no moral legitimacy what so ever. Peterborough and indeed Labour deserve better.
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