I've talked before about some of the entertaining jumps and twists politicians have to make in Ilkley. Our local MP is Housing Minister, yet has to oppose building in Ilkley. While the local Labourites equally have to oppose their own party's council policy.
Sometimes it gets downright silly. Remember that stuff on the precept? Well, it looks like Labour is going to make a political issue of it. Or so says Labour candidate Sandy Macpherson. Only...he's not standing against Parish Chair Funky Gibbons in a parish election, which the precept affects.
He's standing against him in a Bradford council election. Now the issues in this election would, presumably, be rather different. The issues, you might think, for a BMDC election, would be the council's intention to build 800 houses on the green belt (in Macpherson's own Ben Rhydding no less), and their slashing of services (until they miraculously found £1million down the back of the sofa) in Ilkley and other outlying (read-'Tory') areas. All of which rather put Labour on the back foot.
The same thing is noted in the campaign against the new housing. The main twitter campaigner against the scheme* has spent much of the past two weeks vociferously attacking Kris Hopkins. Yet Hopkins is against the Ilkley building. Not a single tweet against the Bradford Labour party. It's not an example of best tactics.
Would it put more pressure on the Bradford council to a) support Labour in the next council election or b) threaten to abandon the party because of its support for housing, imperilling their ability to win the seat back at the general election?
So this blog is left in the position of wanting a Tory victory at the next BMDC election (to help end the prospect of new building in green belt) and the Tories being swept from power in Ilkley itself, to end the lack of accountability and transparency in budget setting. Of course the latter actually requires someone to have the balls to stand against them, rather than whining from the edges about gerry-mandering
I almost sound like Nick Clegg.
*edited for factual accuracy and politeness