Following the rubbish reply regarding waste incineration from Cllr Thomas, I sent in this letter to the papers.
Those of us who were in the packed public gallery at the latest full council meeting were treated to another selection of unbridled hypocrisy. Labour councillors made speeches calling on the Tory council to listen to the people and also, unbelievably, to Tory MP Gavin Barwell (Save Shirley Library’s latest recruit), before slashing the number of libraries in the borough. These calls were batted away by the Tory cabinet who reminded the chamber that the Labour controlled council in Lewisham are closing libraries as well. What they omitted to mention is that Conservatives in that borough oppose library cuts!
When I asked the council, from the public gallery, to explain why the Chancellor George Osborne is the first signatory to a 25,000 strong petition to stop an incinerator on the edge of his Tatton constituency, the Tory council was equally hypocritical with its response, “the Chancellor is doing what any good constituency MP does.” Yet, this Tory council seems to be adopting a cavalier approach to building an incinerator on the edge of Croydon. Meanwhile the Tories in Sutton oppose this scheme.
What a tangled web! Voters are unsure what these grey parties stand for. They say the right things in opposition, but once in power they go back on their words. I would not be surprised if those in the public gallery left the chamber scratching their heads in confusion.
Would it not be better if we could vote for politicians with principles, and parties with clearly identifiable values?
Croydon Green Party
Tags croydon, greenparty