I was given a copy of Labours election leaflet for Brighton and Hove City Council - Westbourne Ward.
I was gob-smacked on the issues they cite as reasons to vote for their candidate! Remember, Labour ran the council for TEN years until THREE years ago.
1) They say Hove needs a new school.
OK, so when should plans been put in place for that? Kids aren't born at school age... there is plenty of notice on how many school places will be needed - it is LABOUR who failed to plan in the first place! OK the conservative administration that followed them should have caught up - especially as the Westbourne ward had two conservative councillors representing it!
Thats a Labour and Conservative fail right there.
2) They say a £200 council tax rise (3.5%) is too high and will hit struggling households.
OK, so what was the average council tax increase while Labour were in charge?
Looks around 9% to me... and that was when inflation was around 2%!
Big Labour fail there.
3) They say parking charges strangle business.
OK, they are certainly right there, but they were no better - a report from the Argus back in the late 2000, talking about 2007/2008 when labour were in charge:
It made a profit of £7.4 million That amount was a £1.2 million leap from the £6.2 million and £13.9 million income generated in 2007/8.
They seem to be saying "Vote Labour, because the Greens are doing what Labour were already doing."
Well I say Brighton and Hove need change from the LabConGrn rut that forms the current council - so...
Vote PERRIN, Vote UKIP, Brighton and Hove City Council, Westbourne Ward, 22nd December