I was going to leave the subject of politics at this point but it has just been reported that yet another sitting councillor has deserted the CAP to go independent. This has become an annual event. I now count six Independent Councillors serving on Wigan Council who were once members of this Con Artist Party.
Clearly any thought of the electorate goes out of the window when these politicians act in this way. Councillor Wilkes ( the defecting Councillor in Winstanley) says in his press release that he did not defect before the election because it would have damaged the chances of his friend Councillor Barnes in the election. ( this by the way is from the party that tried to con the people of Wigan at the outset that they were non-political)
This Party has a lot of previous
In the past three years we have had a Councillor in Ashton standing as CAP but had left the party before the election in 2006 without telling the electorate.Last year we had the CAP joining with the Liberals to form the Democratic Alliance in the Council chamber to become the official opposition - no word of this to the electorate - and now you have the Councillor in Winstanley leaving the Party without a word to the people of Winstanley to ensure his friend is elected. Oh yes I forgot - they are non-political.
To me there is a fundamental point of decency here. If I as a Councillor decided to join another party I would have good grace to tell the electorate what I was going to do and then would ask them for their verdict.
Another question which must be asked is: Who is next to desert the sinking ship?