I apologise for the rather poor photograph of a photocopy above, click to enlarge. Hilariously Labour leadership candidate David Miliband wrote to the leader of Ealing Council last week to congratulate him on Labour taking control of the council. Only he wrote to the old leader, Conservative Jason Stacey, not the new leader, Labour’s Julian Bell. You can see how the mistake was made – formally Julian Bell will not take over until tonight at the annual council meeting.
David Miliband’s staff aren’t the only people confused. I suspect that many of the people who voted for Labour councillors a couple of weeks ago thought they were voting for a Labour council that had magically improved over the last four years. If you pull out the residents survey published earlier this year, follow this link, and scroll down to pages 38 and 39 you will see that only 42% of people thought they knew who was in control of the council. Of these 76% got the answer right, ie the Tories. So, overall, only 32% of residents knew that the Tories were running the council up until May 6th. 68% did not! So maybe Miliband’s people weren’t the only ones who were confused.