12 May 2010


While Clegg and Cameron are back-slapping each other on the doorstep of Number 10, their party faithful in St Albans Council may be facing a less happy future.

It has long been known that the Lib Dems and Tories in St Albans have much more antipathy towards each other than either do towards Labour. This was clear most recently at the clashes between their respective parliamentary candidates during the campaign, culminating in Sandy Walkington appearing on Radio 4 to talk about how unimaginable it was that the two parties could ever form a coalition. Oops.

During the election count on May 6th, members of both sides told me how disgraceful it would be if the other team's crook/liar/dirty-campaigner was elected as our MP.

They now find themselves in a position shared by many local parties round the country - fierce opposition at local level but cosy coalition at national level. And the local feeling will be even worse these days, as many local members will be livid that their national party has jumped into bed with the 'enemy'.

I look forward to the debates in the Council Chamber now being conducted in a spirit of cooperation and purpose. Such a thing is badly needed, as the councillors to date spend most of their time sniping instead of doing. We shall see.

In other news, "David Cameron and Nick Clegg" turns out to be an anagram of "advanced menacing gridlock".


Graham said...

First test of the new entente cordiale will be the by-elections in Ashley and St Albans South in three weeks time. Should be an entertaining count!

Anonymous said...

But the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats aren't in coalition on the Council, they're in coalition at Westminster.

The Liberals still control the District Council and the Conservatives still form the majority of the opposition there, and will have a duty to continue to hold the Liberals who control the council to account.