Why Cllr. Catherine Harris isn't smelling of roses


Hunter last week received a text message to say that the Lib Dems' Cllr. Catherine Harris (Noel Park) had defected to the Labour Group on Haringey Council. Why anyone would want to help prop up this failing Labour administration is beyond me. If she really thought the Lib Dems lack vision (which they do) and that Haringey is a rotten Labour Council (which it is -- as she said in her press releases), she could have joined local Conservatives who are campaigning for real change.

Harris repeatedly attacked Labour's record, especially on housing. Were they her words or did she just put her name to a researcher’s press releases? Either way, she does not come out smelling of roses (no pun intended!)

As Lynda Jack said on Cllr. Matt Davies' blog, "...what has happened raises some key questions about the way we select candidates. Frankly better to have no candidate at all than to take a risk with someone with no history or evidence they are infact Lib Dem".

Given that she had missed so many full council meetings, despite Labour's tiny majority, could she have been a Labour 'plant' all along? Discuss!

6 comments:

David Allen said...

The LibDems should hardly be surprised _ they have a record of taking in "waifs and strays" who can't or won't stick with the programme or stay the course (I remember Libdem Cllr. Dave Winskill saying exactly that to Labour's Viv Mannheim when I was on telling duty with them both during the Stroud Green by-election a couple of years ago.
Hunter, you should draw up a list of all the elected LibDems in Haringey who have jumped from the Good Ship Lynne (often mid-term) or been given the push. As an opposition thye offer no continuity and must have cost council taxpayers a fortune in by-elections.

Anonymous said...

Is this the same Justin Hinchcliffe who once defected himself?

Tut tut Justin...what hypocrisy...

Anonymous said...

Correction...is this the same Justin Hinchcliffe who defected twice...admittedly after being expelled by both of the parties he chose to join...before the Tories took him back?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

I have never been expelled from any party - just where do you get your information from?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

I've just deleted two posts for being both nasty and factually incorrect. Whilst I am happy to publish negative posts, I will only do so if the author has the decency to provide his of her name. My blog, my rules!

Anonymous said...

Hardly nasty - just facts.

But if the truth hurts I am sorry.

Still other blogs will and have printed the truth.

After all they are neither being hypocritical in the way they deal with defections - you after all defected to Labour at one time - and have nothing to hide...