In the past month the Conservatives who are running Wokingham Borough have u-turned so many times they must be getting dizzy.
First on 22nd October they mothballed Wokingham Enterprises Ltd, the council-owned company that was supposed to be overseeing the regeneration of Wokingham town centre. The Lib Dems had opposed the set-up of WEL from the start. Time taken for the Tories to realise we were right and execute a u-turn: approximately 2 years.
Then on 25th October they decided to abandon the idea of outsourcing the running of the libraries to a commercial company. The Lib Dems had campaigned vigorously against it. Time taken for the Tories to realise we were right and execute a u-turn: approximately 18 months.
This week they have announced they are no longer planning to move Emmbrook School from Emmbrook to Arborfield. The Lib Dems were fighting the relocation as long ago as 2005, as you can see from this photo, taken in December 2005, which features members of the action group, with Lib Dem MEP Sharon Bowles (fourth from left), then Lib Dem group leader at Wokingham Coling Lawley (third from right) and me, on Coling’s left.
Time taken for the Tories to realise we were right and execute a u-turn: approximately 7 years.
Just think of all the time and effort – and not least, all the MONEY – that could have been saved if the Conservatives had only listened to the Lib Dems in the first place!
have your say