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 taxpayersâ€™ 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 Bellâ€™s choice but his predecessor Jason Staceyâ€™s. Bell is merely trying to get the credit. By their choices you shall know them.
Most of Jason Staceyâ€™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 Bellâ€™s Labour choices are about looking after his own. After schools Bellâ€™s biggest allocation of capital is to spend Â£16.3 million on the council itself. After that its Â£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.
Itâ€™s all about choices. The people choose the politicians. The politicians decide. The people pay.