Last night's meeting of Conservative Councillors had to consider 3 candidates for the leadership; Cllr Wells, Cllr Gideon and Cllr Ezekiel. It would seem that after a secret ballot, Cllr Ezekiel was confimed in his position as Leader of the Conservative Group.
This is clear evidence to me that the majority of Conservative Councillors lack integrity, putting self advancement and self interest before principles. As the ballot was in secret, one can only speculate on the size of the majority supporting a Leader who has been found guilty of conduct unbecoming in respect of decent standards of behaviour in public on 3 counts on 2 separate ocassions. I hope the majority was small..
The price for being principled has now been paid by Cllr Gideon who received marching orders today. If the run-up to last night was a series of meetings and discussions concerning support for a change then quite clearly some dirty tricks and downright lies have probably been par for the course.
I was going to speculate about who might replace Cllr Gideon in Cabinet but a source has told me that Cllr Simon Moores was sitting in Cabinet tonight discussing SFP and Pleasurama and it would thus seem that speculation is now unnecessary.
Whilst some might argue that this is politics and the the way of the world, then I must just beg to disagree. I presume that other Ezekiel supporters will now be rewarded in some way , perhaps with additional allowances for being 'Leading Members' or other crumbs from The Emperor's table whilst those with principles and concern about the integrity of the Conservative Party will be cast into the wilderness, if not already there.
Time for Bertie to consider whether it is time to cancel his DD to The Conservative Party and send back his NTCA membership card as his local party seems to have been hijacked by ex-Labour members or hangers-on, those without scruples and those who clearly have no idea about principles and decent conduct that used to epitomise The Conservative Party. To quote a TDC Cabinet member earlier this year, ' The running of TDC has become like an episode from the Sopranos'.