In these arresting times with another senior Conservative member up before the beak, this time it’s Councillor Mrs Shirley Tomlinson Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning.
She can’t do what her fellow ward councillor Ken Gregory did as this is much more serious than wanting another councillor to die a horrible death, so a caution isn’t an option.
This time unfortunately she wasn’t pretending to have had a few for a lark, but had had a few before going for a drive.
It is a bit hard to tell who are the local Conservatives worst enemy at the moment, Labour, TIG, the police or the DPP. However it is looking increasingly like it's the local Conservative councillors.
Once again I will make my plea for the local Conservatives to sort themselves out, disassociate themselves from the old ways and provide us with an effective opposition.
Perhaps having no real chance of getting back into power for the foreseeable future will concentrate the Conservative group on some sort of useful activity. I would suggest a move to being an open and transparent group, live webcasts of their meetings and a strong internet presence with a genuine interest in attempting to publicly communicate with local voters would be a good start. I don’t see they have that much to lose at the moment and moving into the present could be a risk worth taking.