FORMER Camden councillor Alexis Rowell enlivens the letters pages of the Ham and High with another attack on the Lib Dems. You could hear the groans from the Lib Dem group in Camden from my holiday in France last week. The more times he attacks his own party, the weaker the jolt he might hope to inflict. Still, quotes like the following won’t help Lib Dems trying to work the wards they lost to Labour last year:
I feel like a bit like Rip Van Winkle these days. When I shut my eyes 10 months ago I was a member of a progressive party. I’ve just woken up from a long slumber to find that the Liberal Democrats are apparently now supporters of nuclear power, chaos in local government, dramatically higher tuition fees, a top down Maoist revolution of the NHS and wholesale privatisation of public services.
The question is: Is Alexis still a member of the Liberal Democrats? And if he is, how long will his dissatisfaction allow him to keep on paying his subs? Moreover, are there any members still on the council who share his views?