Not for the first time we are seeing the stark differences between Conservative rhetoric in opposition to their actions when they are in power.
The Stirrer website today shows the sharp contrast between David Cameron’s Conservatives in opposition in Whitehall to the behaviour of Conservative-led (with their Liberal friends) Birmingham City Council over transport policy.
The Tory national policy, according to Theresa Villiers is…
“…whatever one’s view of the private sector bus operators and whether the powers of local government should be expanded in relation to bus services, it’s a fact that local transport authorities already control one of the most pivotal factors in relation to the quality of bus services – priority.
“And I can say formally today that I’ve learned to love bus lanes. It wasn’t always an easy process.
“But I’m now fully convinced of their importance in delivering the improvements to service reliability that we need.”
But the Tory Cabinet Member for Transportation in Birmingham, Len ‘Gridlock’ Gregory has obviously not learned to love them… because he has just scrapped the bus lane on one of the main arterial routes in to Birmingham City Centre.
This follows David Cameron’s support for City Mayors, including plans to force them on large cities without a ballot, and whether they want one or not, (clearly oblivious to Theresa’s policy of “I will not make the mistake Labour have made… and seek to bully local authorities”) whereas Birmingham Tories have vociferously opposed the notion of a City Mayor.
All of which clearly points to the notion that Cameron’s cuddly green Conservatives will promote one thing in opposition, but deliver an entirely different agenda should they ever find themselves in power. But one thing they can rely on, if they are looking for coalition partners, is the support of those environmental champions… the Liberal Democrats.