Thursday, November 09, 2006

Double Take

Some snaps taken today of the fast-developing progress at Binns' Corner on the Pedestrian Heart scheme.

And the double take? Well, as I was walking along Prebend Row, I passed Alan Coultas (one of the front men of the No to Tesco campaign) apparently deep in conversation with Tory MP and weight-loss guru Ann Widdecombe, reviewing the scheme.

Of course, it could have been my new medication kicking in :), but if anyone out there could explain the sighting, I'd be grateful.


Anonymous said...

That'll have something to do with the fact that Mr Coultas is a Conservative Party member who will be standing for us in the Hummersknot ward next May, replacing Sheila Brown.

Darlington Councillor said...

Blimey! News to me. Thanks for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

Alan's selection, together with our keen young activists in Pierremont, Harrowgate Hill and Hurworth and our experienced councillors in the west end, shows the Conservatives are a dynamic and forward-looking party - ready to take control next May.

Darlington Councillor said...

Well, there's nothing like whistling to keep your spirits up!

In a strictly non-partisan fashion, of course, I have to say that I have been rather underwhelmed by what I have seen of the Tory Pierremont candidates so far. At the Tesco debate in St Cuthberts church David Davies and Mr Hinton-Clifton were excessively political and sniping - I don't think they did themselves any favours at all.

It's also important not to confuse "young and dynamic" (and who wouldn't look like that compared to some of the Tories more "experienced" councillors) with brash and over-confident. Whoever you are, Anonymous, I think you've got a fight on your hands to retain your remaining Hurworth seat in May, never mind unseating Martin Swainston.

Cllr. Johnson has already said in the Northern Echo that in some Labour-held seats you will be standing a maximum of one candidate. If you can't hold Hurworth, how are you ever going to stitch together a majority in Council?