Perhaps there’s insurgency in the Tory ranks in Trafford, perhaps it’s complacency, I don’t know the reason, but we saw a nastier, more contemptuous and arrogant side to the Conservative Party at the council meeting on Wednesday. Particularly emanating from the wealthiest wards in Hale and Bowdon, we can assume that this is not the drowning panic of those about to lose their seats.
Should we be glad that these Tories are showing their true colours, be it contempt for PCSOs? – (I suppose that a community police officer is not likely to get through the security on some of the mansions of Hale Barns – these are people used to private security and are all for extending it to the police force). It worries me that the way in which any community provision is dismissed as namby pamby, trade unionists are derided and even pedestrians and children must not be allowed to slow down the Bentleys of Bowdon. They can deny the low-paid any protection, but do not even think of reviewing the levels of pay at the top of the organisation. There’s definitely a place for class solidarity in the Tory psyche. There was the flippant throwaway line that employers would not want to employ Labour supporters; and yes it was a joke, and we can take a joke.
The Tories have reformed beyond belief from the party that set soldiers onto protesters in Peter’s Field for the Peterloo Massacre. It’s just every now and again their dna shows through and you’re reminded of just who these people are. Time to knock some of that complacency out of them.