Tuesday, 8 February 2011
How No can you go?
It wasn't quite the Dirty Dozen. But 11 rather sheepish Wrecsam councillors tramped into the Memorial Hall to launch the local "No" campaign at an open meeting at 1pm today.
Except it wasn't open. No, that was a mistake by the Leader. It was private.
The definition of private, it seems, is anyone who may not support their views. So a prominent local lawyer found himself excluded along with other councillors and members of the public. A strangely defensive way to launch a "no" campaign, no?
Cllr Phil Wynn, who is spearheading this elite campaign force, has claimed that 20 councillors are supporting his campaign. The others must be even more camera shy and less confident of their views than the ones who attended. Behind closed doors, the meeting descended into more paranoid rantings about Plaid's agenda (OK, OK, we admit it - the dragon statue is just the first step to complete world domination).
For the record, the councillors attending comprised of three Tories, three Labour, two Liberal Democrats and three independents. At least two of these voted "yes" in a recent full council debate on the matter, so perhaps they can explain their change of heart to their voters.
UPDATE: Today's Daily Post notes that a fourth Labour councillor has backed the No campaign. Cllr Paul Blackwell (Plas Madoc) at least had the decency to vote consistently in the full council debate on the matter in December, unlike two of his colleagues.
Pictured, from left, are Cllrs Hugh Jones, Paul Rogers, Bob Dutton, Mike Williams*, Phil Wynn, Malcolm Williams and Ted George.
Cllr Williams requested that we did not show his image.