Suspicious U-turn by the Lib Dems
I MAY be accused of cynicism, but am I alone in suspecting that there is more than a casual connection between the U-turn on a Workplace Parking Levy and the Post's article about the policy positions of the respective Bristol Mayoral Candidates a couple of days earlier?
On September 26, the Post asked all the declared mayoral candidates where they stood on the vexed question of imposing an extra parking tax on city centre businesses and only the Liberal Democrat and Green party candidates backed this disastrous innovation.
Then, suddenly less than 48 hours later, we were advised that the Lib Dem council cabinet were dumping this deeply unpopular policy plank.
A cynic (or realist) could be justified in thinking that Bristol's Liberal Democrats were ditching workplace parking in order to give their own party candidate a better chance against his rivals in the Mayoral Election on November 15.
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After all, the Administration has form on this, with Cllr Tim Kent announcing that the Council which the Lib Dems have led for almost seven years out of the last nine) would 'get tough' with public transport operators, including First Group, only the day before the Mayoral Referendum in May.
Let's hope that whoever is elected Mayor of Bristol consigns such narrow short-termism to the dust-bin of history and develops policy on the sound ground of what is right for a great regional city.
Cllr Richard Eddy
Conservative Councillor Bishopsworth