Portsmouth Apr 27, 2014 23:46:15 GMT
Post by Khunanup on Apr 27, 2014 23:46:15 GMT
A couple of thoughts:
1. Graham Heaney was previously a Southampton councillor, and it must be pretty unusual to have been a transfer between the two cities!
2. Defections seem extremely common in Portsmouth, much more than most other cities (compare Southampton, Brighton & Hove,etc). Wondering why? I'd guess that there's a non-ideological machine politics way of doing things in all parties, and Portsmouth's insular nature making for a greater degree of civic identity and 'Portsmouth First' sentiment in all parties. But I don't know the place well.
1. Yes! Graham is from Pompey so he probably made sure he kept quiet about that when he was in Southampton... Interestingly, I know that there is at least one Portsmuthian currently on Southampton City Council and another from Havant who is a Pompey fan! I won't name names though...
2. Well, I think this is skewed by the fact that we had four defections to us in the space of a couple of weeks five years ago and that the Lib Dems have become the 'civic party' (which I suppose feeds into your latter point of the importance of civic identity in the city) while the other two parties have a recent history of squabbling and internal conflict. I wouldn't say the way things are done in non-ideological in the underpinnings either of any of the parties, but where the council has a good reputation among the residents they can be clearly ideologically underpinned in their leadership, but a catch all for people in their areas who want to do the best for their community(and this is most clear in some of the councils that have buck trends at the worst times for their parties like Stevenage under the last government, Wandsworth under Thatcher and Eastleigh now).