An interesting Amendment has appeared [pdf] ahead of the CBC Full Council meeting that takes place on Wedesday at the Town Hall.
LibDem Cabinet member Cllr Dave King has taken his yellow magic marker and added a few wise words to the Breaking Point Motion put forward by Labour’s Cllr Tim Young.
You may remember how Cllr Young was following the national party line in submitting a Motion on austerity – days after the Budget.
Councils up and down the country will be debating near identikit Motions pushed through at a [ahem] local level this week.
Good on Cllr King for having the balls to suggest some changes to his fellow Cabinet member’s top down Motion.
It’s not a rip it up and start again Amendment; but it does subtly try to take the party politics out of Cllr Young’s huff and puff.
Cllr Young was keen for Full Council to get behind his Tory bashing declaration that:
“Conservative cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010.”
Cllr King’s Amendment takes out the word Labour.
Some further suggestions come from Cllr King in response to Cllr Young’s claims on the impact of austerity.
The original text stated:
“This Council resolves to support the ‘Breaking Point’ campaign, recognising the devastating impact that austerity has had on our local community.”
Good point, well made.
A more helpful suggestion has come from Cllr King:
“This Council resolves to support the ‘Breaking Point’ campaign, recognising the huge impact austerity cuts have had on Colchester Borough Council’s budgets and the wider impact that austerity has had on our local community.”
It’s another tomato / tomoatoe moment; it’s also a smart way for the senior partners in the ‘progressive alliance’ to leave their fingerprints on a party political Motion.
Will the Comrades of the various shades of red in the Colchester Labour Group get behind the LibDem Amendment?
They will be defeated othwerwise.
Interesting times, etc.