Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Will he stay or will he go?
"Seldom Seen" or just "Busy"?
Cabinet this afternoon, which will be an opportunity for LibDem Group leader Martin "busy" Swainston to make his first appearance since the controversy over his non-attendance at Council budget meetings.
Or perhaps not. Over on his blog, fellow LibDem councillor Mike Barker has suggested that Martin has far too much to do in Hurworth to trouble himself with holding the Labour Executive to account at the Town Hall. He makes a broader charge that Council meetings are a waste of time anyway, and LibDems are far better working in their wards.
Ward work is essential for any dedicated local representative, of course, but I think it's foolish for the LibDems to leave the role of opposition to Labour regarding Council business entirely to the Tories. Local people will soon begin to question what on earth is the point of electing LibDems, if they only do half the job?
So it's over to Martin. If I were a gambling man, I would imagine that Martin has to show his face this afternoon, but second guessing LibDems is always a perilous occupation.
On the agenda are items which include Children's Services capital programme, and discussion of spending of £1.5 million at Hurworth Primary School. If Martin isn't interested in anything else on the agenda, maybe that might tempt him along?
No apologies for absence were proferred at Cabinet, so we don't know why he wasn't there, but once again Martin Swainston missed Cabinet. This time, his place was taken by newly-elected Cllr. Ann-Marie Curry.
So it was left to the Tories to probe on the report regarding the refurbishment of schools in Hurworth...