This tweet yesterday from Labour council leader Julian Bell is wrong on a number of levels.
Labour are not investing and Bell betrays himself with his sloppy language. The council maybe doing the investing but it is taxpayers’ money they are spending.
What is happening at Oldfield Circus is that your money is being spent as a result of a choice made by a politician. In fact this was not Julian Bell’s choice but his predecessor Jason Stacey’s. Bell is merely trying to get the credit. By their choices you shall know them.
Most of Jason Stacey’s Conservative choices were around improving the immediate environment of the people paying the bills. More road re-surfacing. Cleaner streets. Better parks. Refurbished libraries. The list goes on.
Councillor Bell’s Labour choices are about looking after his own. After schools Bell’s biggest allocation of capital is to spend £16.3 million on the council itself. After that its £5.5 million for a car park for Southall. Under Labour regeneration is limited to Southall, the council gets shiny new offices and there is no cash for libraries.
It’s all about choices. The people choose the politicians. The politicians decide. The people pay.