Friday, 17 December 2010

Greenwich Council: too busy to fight the cuts?

In the week that the government dished out huge cuts to council budgets in London you might have expected Greenwich Council to be keen to speak out.

But in a joint letter sent to the Evening Standard today Cllr Chris Roberts was the only Labour council leader not to attach their name. 

I thought this was rather strange given his joke at Wednesday's council meeting about the coalition cuts forcing his mother to burn a book to stay warm.

So I phoned up Labour HQ to ask what had happened. They told me that it was a "fluid" list and that Roberts was probably "too busy dealing with the cuts" to answer in time.

However they told me that they had just received a text message from him saying that he was okay with the letter, albeit too late for him to be included on the published list.

So what took Councillor Roberts so long? Was it a deliberate shunning of Labour's Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone with whom he has never got on, or a simple oversight?

And either way shouldn't he really have made the effort to sign the letter on time?

Unite union protest against the cuts outside Woolwich Town hall on Wednesday

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