Thursday, 2 September 2010
Will the special relationship continue?
It has long been believed the leader of the opposition on Tameside Council had a ’special’ relationship with Roy Oldham. It has been rumoured that in exchange for offering only token resistance to Labour, the leader of the opposition was promised he would one day be offered the position of lord mayor. With the sad passing of Roy Oldham we will now never know if such an arrangement did indeed exist.
Anyone who has ever attended an important election count could not fail to notice the genuinely warm greetings offered by the leader of the opposition to senior Labour figures. In a shocking incident during the Denton NE by-election the two leaders were heard discussing a well known Conservative blogger who often resides in Tameside. The comments made that night by the leader of the opposition regarding the blogger had many people asking themselves “whose side is this guy on”.
However, and as Bob Dylan famously sang, the times they are a-changing. Now with new and less refined characters in charge of the local Labour mafia, will the agreement - if it ever existed, still stand? Early noises from the mafia camp must be of concern to the leader of the opposition. It is said the Werneth ward is going to become a key target ward in future elections. Possible interesting times ahead!
While on the subject of wild rumours; word on the jungle drums is that Rob Adlard is likely to be the Conservative candidate in the forthcoming Longdendale by-election. Both Peter Hayes and Rob Adlard are high calibre individuals and whoever is selected I am sure they will give Labour a good thrashing at the polls - a thrashing which is long overdue!