The other issue of note tonight was the shambolic performance put in by the LibDems. Martin Swainston was frankly humiliated as he dared ask only four out of the five questions he had tabled to Bill Dixon about Linden Court (the Council's response to the original Echo story is at http://www.thisisthenortheast.co.uk/search/display.var.936601.0.september_25_2006.php)
We know from elsewhere that uniquely amongst the three main parties, the LibDems will say anything to try and garner a few votes. I'm not sure how Swainston's inept performance over Linden Court will further his cause in Hurworth, however. Appearing to spurn half a million pounds worth of investment in sheltered housing for older people is one thing - to make false allegations about a consultation meeting held by the Council when he himself could only be bothered to stay for 10 minutes at that meeting is quite another. Bill Dixon revealed that after Swainston left, discussion continued, and the residents gave the officer attending a round of applauase at the end. The LibDem story was the worst kind of ambulance chasing, attempting to prey on the fears of some of the most vulnerable members of his community.
To cap it all, during the Pedestrian Heart debate, LibDem councillor Fred Lawton showed his ignorance of basic council standing orders, and so didn't get to table an amendment to Labour's recommendations. The LibDems are a rabble as an opposition group in Council, and how they think they can persuade people in the town that they are fit for office I do not know.