Labourâ€™s housing supremo, Councillor Hitesh Tailor (AKA Councillor Withani), was showing signs of feeling the pressure at last nightâ€™s Overview and Scrutiny committee. He is no longer allowed out on his own by the Labour group so their chief whip Brian Reeves sat next to him and held his hand. Withani was not at the last cabinet meeting where again Reeves spoke for him. Maybe if he canâ€™t do the job Labour should re-appoint?
Last night Withani was challenged yet again about Labourâ€™s madcap scheme to bring the management of its council housing stock in-house after the demise of the lamentable Ealing Homes, a move that will lead to higher rents and service charges than would have been the case under the old Conservative administration’s proposal.
In his summing up Withani referred to the Toryâ€™s work over the summer to get 1,724 borough residents to sign their housing petition as:
…lies and underhand tactics.
Very strange. I was one of the people who collected signatures. I donâ€™t see which bit of our petition was a lie, see text here:
We the undersigned demand that the Ealing Labour council, honour their pledge to give us a proper say on who manages our homes, and that they tell us how each option will affect the rent/service charge we pay, so that we can make an informed choice, before a final decision is made.
Do you? What is underhand about knocking on someoneâ€™s door and asking for their support? Maybe Councillor Withani means that we should have asked Labourâ€™s permission before we ventured on to â€œtheirâ€ estates.
Councillor Withani then ended his rant by referring to the now defunct Tory plans:
Itâ€™s about ending council housing.
Now that really is a lie. The same old lie that Labour peddled around the estates before the election.