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Has Crawley’s Council Leader just made a clever political chess move?

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At first glance it looks like Crawley’s Labour party has resigned itself to the fact that they are now a minority party in the town.

The invite to call a ‘motion of no confidence’ appears at first to be a suggestion that there ‘should’ be a vote to decide who runs the council, but let’s look at it more closely.

First of all, the invite itself is actually unnecessary. An opposing party can call for the motion at any time they want, they do not need an invite to do so.

So by sending the invite the Crawley Leader is almost tempting the opposing party to call a vote, trying to illustrate to the real voters, the residents, that it is the responsible thing to do.

So why wouldn’t the Conservatives take up the invite?

The real question is actually ‘why would they?’. It may seem odd that a party who wants to run the council would not challenge the current situation but the reality is there is no security that a challenge would even work in their favour.

And this is the very clever part.

For if a motion is called then it falls to a vote of all the councillors, two of which are now independent, and whilst they may no longer be with Labour, they are certainly not Conservatives.

So to think they would vote with the Conservatives would be a very naive expectation.

So, their only real options are to abstain, or to vote with Labour.

If they vote with Labour then the council remains the way it is till the next election in May 21.

But if they abstain then the Conservatives take over control and (the really clever part) the fate of the town falls on their shoulders. This means that any blame of the situation is moved away from the Labour party and directed at two individuals instead.

This political game of chess could not come at a worst time with COVID-19 making such a devastating impact on the town at the moment.

The Conservatives could make the decision to ignore the invite and continue as things stand till next year. Almost test their voting power, so to speak, and then if they find they have the votes then make a decision to call a motion of no confidence at a later date. For there is no rush with this, it is not something they ever had to wait for an invite for.

Of course there is the possibility that this is a genuine offer to call for a motion of no confidence – but this is politics, and does anyone really believe that?

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A Game of Politics – as the end of the pop-up cycle lanes approaches why isn’t everyone happy?

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Yesterday we exclusively revealed that a change was afoot over the removal of the controversial pop-up cycle lanes in Crawley.

Sources revealed to CN24 how a decision to remove the pop-up cycle lanes was about to be made, but it appears this upcoming decision has caused more political tangling than you might expect.

Instead of the towns political figures banding together to support the removal of what, arguably the majority of residents have wanted to be removed, a game is now afoot over who has done the ‘real’work to make this happen.

The political games of pre-covid have returned with a vengeance and communication, published on social media, between County Council representatives and local councilors has done nothing to appease this.

A tweet published this morning, (3rd Nov) by County Councilor and Crawley Borough Councilor Michael Jones, shows the extent of the discontent based ‘entirely’ due to a response made by the Crawley MP’s office over the pop-up cycle lanes.

The irony, of course, is the extent to how ‘sad’ political games have to be brought in over something the majority of people never wanted.

But don’t expect that to stop points scoring even at dire times like an upcoming lockdown.

When the cycle lanes appeared there was major discontent, with a petition launched, a mass emailing saga erupting to the county council and most of the local leaders – all with one objective – to have the lanes removed.

Now, with a light at the end of a very leaf strewn autumnal tunnel, instead of the political community coming together to admit, quite literally, that the pop-up cycle lanes were – and let’s not beat about the bushes here – a total disaster and we should all be celebrating at their pending removal – it appears everyone wants to take credit for something that is about to happen, or use the blame culture for credit that in-fact no-one knows has had any effect whatsoever.

What’s more, where credit has not been suggested or implied, everyone is angered rather than celebrating. When I say everyone, I of course refer to those with a political point scoring agenda.

Whoever and whatever has happened to help make the change should actually be irrelevant but, let’s be honest, when did that ever matter when there is an opportunity for a quick tweet to score a point?

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