Brighton’s People: Simon Kirby, Warren Carter & Warren Morgan.




graham cox
Graham Cox

I’m more than happy to extend the welcome mat to the travellers presently occupying Hove Lawns.

In fact I thoroughly welcome them as honoured guests; welcomed to stay for as long as they want.

Bucking the nasty conservative trend of being happy to help as long as it doesn’t involve helping in their own back yard; I welcome the travellers and identify with their quest to be recognised and find a place in today’s society.

Spear-headed by local councillor and parliamentary candidate Graham Cox, Hove residents are being whipped into a frenzy following the arrival of about ten caravans on Hove lawns last Monday week.

While Mr Cox draws attention to The Foodies Festival expected to start on Saturday, other comments on The Argus Facebook point to other reasons for the animosity towards travellers.

  • Josephine Hook: “I feel like a mug for paying to park at the King Alfred every week. If only Id known it was free parking on hove lawns I could have saved my money.”
  • Paul Dunk: “How about 2k council tax bill for them all….?”
  • Bryan Mackie: “Happy to accommodate if they wish to pay for ALL the public services same as we have to. . Don’t pay your C Tax here they have you in court so what’s good for one.”
  • Emma Anders Anderson: “They make such a mess and don’t care about keeping it clean. All the waste goes into the sea and some dogs scavenge on rubbish some of which are poisonous to dog. Kick them off and out if Brighton.
  • Beverley Lee: “Why don’t that bloody council grow some balls?”
  • Jim Kirkley: “The council have a lot to learn about travellers– they dont give a toss about councils –police –they do as they like –you have to be tough with them –make them pay for the mess they leave.”

Gary Anderson, the organiser of The Foodies Festival isn’t too concerned. He said upon hearing the news, “It doesn’t sound like they’re near the part of the lawns we use but I’ll give them [the Council] a call anyway.”

I agree totally with the residents about the rubbish travellers leave behind. All sections of society generate rubbish. Vindictive of the society we live in, rubbish is a natural consequence of living, eating and drinking.

Surely once the issue of cleaning the rubbish up behind them is resolved; there shouldn’t be anything else which stands in the way of mutual understanding and tolerance.

Nasty Graham Cox can beat his chest all he wants, but the Council have applied to the County Court for possession of Hove Lawns for Friday 1st May, where upon an eviction will be carried out and the travellers will be moved on.

It seems that the only grudge local residents have is that they can’t park their cars on Hove Lawns too.



graham-coxPlease accept my apologizes at the very start for the bad language and the bully-boy tactics used against Graham the Crook-Cox; and only do so to express my complete disgust towards the man’s morality and political compass.

As harsh as it sounds and as scornful as I come across to the passing reader, I cannot emphasis to you enough the unsuitability of a man like Graham the Crook-Cox to hold public office and be allowed to maintain the corruption of democracy which his Nasty Nazis Conservative party represents and prospers.

Let me tell you this about Graham the Crook-Cox and let you decide whether he’s a crook or not:

I was present at the January 2014 ‘Vote of No-Confidence,’ motioned by the Labour leader Warren Morgan against the Green Leader Jason Kitcat.

To repeat Graham Cox’s words, of which I dictated from looking down from above in the public gallery:

“Um, I therefore also with a very very heavy heart, find myself having to support this motion, when I don’t actually want to, because if it was a motion that said, ‘Um, I’ve no confidence in the green administration, and I’ve even less confidence in a potential labour administration, perhaps I’ll be a bit happier.”


Do we really need this man in Parliament to vote for his constituent’s interests, while having voted for issues on a local level that he “didn’t actually want?”


He was the Brighton & Hove Police Commander during the Katrina Taylor murder cover-up and is implicated in the Neilson crime files to have played his own corrupt part in promoting the interests of the criminals who control Sussex police.

Evidenced by his smug acceptance piece published in the not-so-independent Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper, he’s quoted as saying:

“Some readers of Brighton & Hove Independent may recall my time as the superintendent in charge of Hove, when we pioneered a more visible form of street policing in which patrolling officers dealt with matters that were previously written off as just minor misdemeanours – such as:

  • Littering
  • Street-drinking
  • Cycling on the pavement
  • Disorderly behaviour.”

Graham the Crook-Cox will be a perfect addition to the kapo ranks of the Nasty Nazis party because he’s proven he’s willing to turn a blind eye to the serious crimes that effect society, (crime’s I hastily add which have gone up under Katy Bourne’s tenure-ship as Sussex Commissioner) such as:

  • Rape
  • Burglary
  • Murder

All you have to do now under Katy Bourne’s leadership is to say sorry for your crime, wear a band and you’re allowed to go home.

This country has gone to rot and its people like Graham Cox who’ve helped it alone the way.

Here’s the last and most insidious reason why Graham Cox is a Crook. Look at him in the picture kiss-arsing the equally insidious Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s spokesman and general civil servant fix-it-guy, brought in to stand against the honest Green Party MP Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.

Another reason why Graham Cox is a crook (which has just pinged into my mind) is that while waiting his turn to speak at the vote of no confidence into Jason Kitcat, his colleague sitting next to him accidentally spilt her glass of water over his prepared speech.

Remember I called him ‘smug’ earlier, well here’s why, read what he said after someone in the public gallery shouted “oh here we go,” as he got up to speak:

“Thank you Madam Major, Um, I had a wonderfully elegant speech I was going to read out but unfortunately councillor Mears has poured water all over it, so um (laughter from the floor) you‘ll have to get the real thing!”

  • Number One:

Isn’t it up to the listener to decide whether it’s elegant and not?

  • Number Two:

He admits that without his prepared (oh so “wonderful” and “elegant”) speech, he is left with no choice but to speak the truth, which he evidently did and in the process revealed himself to be a crook because he votes for motions that he “doesn’t really want.”

  • Number Three:

And this will make you laugh; the vote of confidence into Jason Kitcat’s leadership was a piece of local political theatre. The outcome had no legal bidding and while Jason Kitcat lost the vote, life went on exactly the same the next day as he turned up for work the leader of Brighton and Hove council; nothing had changed.

Graham the Crook-Cox has demonstrated he’s willing to go against his moral compass and compromise himself over a motion which bears no significance to anything.

Imagine the damage this man can do with something as critical a Parliamentary vote?

I’ll bet my last penny Graham the Crook-Cox would have voted for:

  • The Iraq Wars
  • The Syrian War
  • To dump European Human Rights
  • Fracking
  • Austerity measures
  • And a no vote for a Public Inquiry into institutional Child-abuse.

Graham Cox is an insidious man and must not be allowed to win the Hove and Portslade election in 2015.

Following the disgraced departure of Mike Weatherley, who won’t be contesting the 2015 election, Graham the Crook-Cox smugly rubbed his opponent’s face in the mud by boasting:

“This was not an easy decision for members as they had three other excellent candidates to choose from. In particular, my colleague Kristy Adams presented a very impressive case. I hope we will see much more of Kristy in the near future.”

Calling himself “Excellent,” has this man’s ego no bounds?


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  • Hove & Portslade.
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  • And every other constituency in Great Britain.

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Exercise Citizen – major incident training exercise

Sourced from the Sussex Police website 14 May 2014

Emergency services and other agencies are carrying out a live exercise at locations in Brighton, Eastbourne and Mid Sussex today (14 May).

This is a large-scale exercise testing real-time response to a number of major incidents.

7:7Most training takes place out of view but this exercise will take place in public, albeit in designated areas, to make it as realistic as possible.

The activity will be centred around Brighton, Eastbourne and Mid Sussex. Residents and businesses nearest the activity have been made aware although they should not be affected. Exercise planners do not want to be specific about what the exercise involves or where the locations are to make the spontaneous response to these emergency situations realistic.
Exercise director Steve Voice, Sussex Police, said: “Local people may notice considerable emergency service activity in these areas today. They can rest assured that far from having anything to worry about, this is actually a prudent test of our major incident plans and how we work with partners.

“It is extremely beneficial to the police and other agencies to test contingency plans, as directed by the Home Secretary, in a practical way and to continuously improve our service.

“The scenarios we are testing are exceptional and are of a magnitude that allows us to test all the likely resources available.

“The exercise will be conducted in designated areas and disruption, other than maybe short delays to traffic caused by emergency vehicles responding to the exercise, will be kept to a minimum. The public will not be affected and can expect business as usual with emergency services responding to routine and emergency calls.”

Nearly 20 partners – colleagues from fire, ambulance and police as well as some local authorities, health services, Highways Agency and others – are taking part in the exercise in line with their statutory duty, under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, to plan, train and exercise a co-ordinated response to incidents that may affect Sussex.
Following the test in responding to the major incidents the exercise will continue tomorrow (Thursday) in Brighton with police working with HM Coroner in testing victim identity and recovery.

Senior Contingency Planning & Resilience Manager at South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Steve Carpenter said: “Exercises such as this are vital to test the already robust plans we have in place in the event of a major incident. We’re looking forward to working with our fellow emergency services as well as NHS and voluntary service colleagues to rehearse our plans in a realistic environment. The exercise will further strengthen our strong relationships and enhance our preparation to assist local communities in the event of a serious incident.”

Group Manager Glenn Jones from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are delighted to be part of this major exercise. We work closely with other emergency services on a regular basis but – thankfully – incidents are rarely on a large scale. It is therefore vital we get the opportunity to experience different situations and test out how we can co-ordinate our response alongside other emergency services. We want to ensure we are effective in keeping those living, working and visiting this area safe.”

7:7-bombsThe exercise is being planned through the Sussex Resilience Forum which ensures organisations across the area are working in a coordinated way to help prevent and prepare for major emergencies and to advise local people what they can do to be aware and prepared.

The Sussex Resilience Forum is made up of blue light services, local authorities, health services and other responders who all form various working groups to draw-up and test plans for emergencies which may affect Sussex, the most recent being flooding.
We would appreciate media publicising the exercise on the day to offer reassurance to the public who may see increased blue light activity. We don’t want them to worry but to understand that it is important that agencies test plans in a realistic setting.



ImageMatt Taylor, the prospective member of parliament for Brighton, Kemptown and Peacehaven, has welcomed the news the i360 tower is set to receive the £36 million financial backing it needs to get off the ground after Geoffrey Theobald, leader of the Brighton and Hove Conservative party confirmed they would join Jason Kitcat and the Greens in supporting the ambitious project.

Planning permission for the 464ft tower has already been granted and the structure could be completed as early as next year.

ImageMatt Taylor said, “This is great news for the Brighton seafront and will secure sea-side visitors for decades to come, but we still need a new pier to compliment it. Brighton needs a futuristic pier to replace the burnt skeleton of the West Pier. A new pier fit for the 22nd Century will be fantastic for Brighton and will ensure we are the sea-side resort of choice for centuries to come.”

future pier2After months of waiting, the Conservative party finally got of the fence and declared their support. Geoffrey Theobald said, “This hasn’t been an easy decision and we have given it very careful consideration over a number of weeks but in the end we believe that it will be in the long-term interests of the city to take this bold step.”

While Jason Kitcat welcomed this latest development, saying, “I’m pleased to hear the Conservatives will be supporting it,” Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove’s Labour party poured scorn on the exciting news with, “Conservatives will again trot out their lines about ‘the mess Labour left us in’ and about ‘being responsible with taxpayers money,’ yet next week they will be committing two generations of council taxpayers to nearly forty million pounds of debt on a project that no private investor will support. Even their own local MP says the project is a black hole.”future pier3

Following recent developments at the other end of Brighton:

  • The new Amex Football Stadium
  • The new Brighton Aldridge Academy
  • The Keep archive centre
  • The 1 million Lewes Road bike lane
  • The reopening of The Bevy pub
  • Proposed new 5 star hotel and student accommodation
  • Proposed new Bridge Community Centre
  • Proposed Preston Barracks redevelopment

The i360 and a new pier will put Brighton firmly on the map as a city of the future.




Yes, though it’s old news, it is still old news that deserves a second going over.

Having turned the corner onto Norton road, the first impression I got was that the police were expecting a riot.

“Its only a vote of no confidence,” I thought, but was assured that the three police vans were only parked outside the entrance to the Hove Town hall, because there was no of-road parking for the police, now that their old police station on Holland Road, had been sold off and they were forced to share Hove town hall with the civil servants.

At least Katy Bourne fulfilled a promise of more police visibility on the streets, regardless of whether their presence is a facade of not.

My first time at a local council meeting.

OK OK, I admit it, even though I knew Councils often met in meetings, I didn’t realise they were so exciting. I didn’t realise that what goes on at Westminster is repeated through-out the UK in Town Halls, on a regular basis.

Madam Mayor, Councillor Denise Cobb
Madam Mayor, Councillor Denise Cobb

Madam Mayor.

“Councillors, Ladies and Gentlemen please be upstanding for prays,” announced
Councillor Denise Cobb, dressed in her ornamental uniform as Mayor, after everyone had settled into their allocated places.

And then we were subjected to a Buddhist sermon based on the teachings of Shanti Devi.

I looked around the public gallery on the upper floor, from which we watched the proceedings with puzzlement. Is this normal?

Evidently not, because after five minutes of Buddhist teachings based on the premise that we should “Always reach out and don’t shut out,” there was sudden silence as the Preacher picked up her notes and retreated from the council’s hall.

I couldn’t help myself but ask the stranger next to me, “Is this normal?” to which the nice young man shrugged his shoulders and replied, “This is my first time as a council meeting, I have no idea.”

“Well its refreshing to see they represent all religions,” I said, “Let’s just hope they don’t do satanism,” to which the nice young man politely agreed, that “it would be a very bad idea indeed.”

(It was later, after the meeting, that the Madam Mayor, Councillor Denise Cobb, explained that the vicar they normally use wasn’t available that night.)

And then, just like in Westminster, the Golden ornamental Rod was brought in and reverently placed on a red velveted custom made cushion.

“Raise the white screen,” someone from the gallery shouting down to Madam Mayor, complaining that the huge white screen, obscured the gigantic mirror across the back wall, reflecting all the councillors, was blocking their view.

Evidently we all wanted to look at Jason Kitcat as the daggers were stabbed into his back and front.

Boring council business ensued.

  • Declarations of interests
  • 12 December 2013 minutes approved
  • Sad news about Chris Cooper, a security guard who suddenly passed away
  • Equally sad news that Jim Marshall QPM and Esther recently passed away too

We all stood for a minutes silence, timed on a big red digital display, located to the right of the red velveted cushion which the golden rod laid.

On to a happier note about the Mayors Masquerade Valentine Ball on the 14th February, for more info email the Lady Mayor on

And that’s when I spot my favourite councillor, whom I love to hate, Graham Cox (Simon Kirby’s Fall Guy) smile embarrassingly to the councillors sitting either side of him, as he mops up a spilt glass of water with tissues. This is something I’ll come back too later.

A round of applause erupted from the floor as Jeff Broad walked up to accept an award and get his picture taken, while a resounding boo filled the air when the Madam Mayor told the councillors that the next council meeting would be held at Hove and not Brighton’s Town Hall.

The meeting moved swiftly on towards the main event.

(A word of warning, I may be getting the schedule of events wrong.)

Written Questions

jason-kitcatAt last we get to hear from the infamous Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove Council and leader Brighton’s Green council.

For more information about Jason check this link out-

A planted question.

Mr Tilley comes to the podium and asks, “What were the highlights of last year and what do you plan to do this year?”

As the nice young man sat next to me, explained, this is a classic Westminster play played out at local level, which sees a friend of the person under-fire ask a favourable question, which when answered portrays the person in a favourable light.

I see it all the time when Simon Kirby MP asks a question to David Cameron.

Though before Jason Kitcat answered the question, he cracked a joke about Councillor Janie’s taste in ties, “It is truly epic,” he said, “its brilliant,” before moving swiftly on.

“Thank you for your question Mr Tilley, we have a lot planned ahead, as you know its a difficult time for councils, but we still have big plans to invest in the future of this city, for example-

  • The seafront
  • Keep up the progress in air quality
  • Road Safety (because we know we inherited a very poor record on that)

And may I just interject at this point to remember a chinese student Zhiying He, known as Cecilia, who tragically died on Wednesday 29th January following a collision on Lewes Road, in Brighton.

  • Keep up the improvement on school GCSE results
  • School expansion
  • Keep moving to a more digital working in the council
  • Reducing our carbon footstep
  • Getting out of King’s House
  • Signing the city deal
  • Protecting the most vulnerable in our city
  • Our proposal for a social care referendum

But finally of-course, I could go on forever but it is the case that three quarters of our manifesto commitments are either done or on course to be completed. I think its a pretty good way of doing things. We were elected on the basis of promises and now we are delivering, thank you.”

A rousing round of applause erupted as he finished, though madam Mayor didn’t look too impressed.

Public petitions

First up was a petition delivered by Beverly Barstow to postpone any enforcement of yellow lines in the Elm Grove Hanover area, until such time that more parking is made available.

The highlights of which were:

  • Lack of Leadership
  • Lack of a long term plan
  • No political will to respond to the public’s needs
  • Ruining the community
  • Spiteful and vindictive treatment from the council aimed to punish the community
  • Felt let down
  • Completely lost confidence in the present administration
  • “Let us park on the verges”

Again a rousing round of applause which convinced the person sitting behind me that the councillors have reacted favourable, and that their petition has a good chance of succeeding.

Another petition was put forward about the the 20mph, which was about the time an interesting thing happened. Madam Mayor interrupted the proceedings, “Hold at the moment,” she commanded, “you aren’t allowed to take pictures,” with reference to a member of the public taking a picture.

“Yes we are,” replied the person in question, to which Abraham the resident lawyer had to quickly check through the rule book to confirm that “only audio recording is allowed.”

Jason Kitcat got to address this issue during his supplementary question from Mr Tilley, he said “Everyone should be allowed to film and photos, this is one thing I agree with Eric Pickles.”

Getting Bored?

75(d) Notice of Motion – Motion Of No Confidence In The Leader And His Administration Of Brighton And Hove City Council.

warren-morganTalking about Eric Pickles.

Up steps an Eric Pickles look alike, to fire up the proceeds, Brighton and Hove’s Labour Leader, and man of the hour, Warren Morgan.

Like a softly spoken assassin, Warren Morgan gets on with the main event.

“Up until Thursday 16 January, my view was that it was voters who decided who should run this council, not politicians in back-room deals.

(I chuckled to myself here because he obviously doesn’t know how politics works, considering that the voters certainly never decided who would run the country at the last election, where-as the politicians certainly did decide, during their many secret back-room deals.)

And that the political group with the largest number of councillors had a mandate to run the authority until the next elections. However, it should not be forgotten that the Greens in 2011 won just 1 per cent more of the vote citywide than Labour. With the largest number of seats it was right that they be given a chance to form an administration and implement their manifesto. But having been elected on less than a third of the vote it is right too that they work with opposition parties on major challenges to the council, as with large-scale cuts to our funding and how we set our budget. Their actions, in releasing details of their above-threshold (council tax) rise and referendum plan to the national media and to Green activists around the UK before opposition councillors were consulted demonstrates clearly their intent to put party politics first and good governance second. They put what they thought would benefit the Green Party over what is right for this council and this city. That cannot be allowed to stand. Councillors, once elected, have a basic duty to set a budget and a policy direction for officers to work to.

Until 16 January, officers and opposition groups alike were working on a budget, put forward by the Green administration, based on a 2 per cent rise. Clearly something changed. From the evidence we have it appears likely that the Green left councillors issued the council leader with an ultimatum: ‘referendum or resign’. So it was either an attempt to wrong-foot the opposition, an attempt to keep their warring factions together or an attempt to pass the buck for making cuts. None of these scenarios is one where the council, the city or our residents is put first. It was obvious from the moment the Greens took office that they would need to deal with swingeing cuts imposed by the Conservative government. In three years since, they have not taken steps to prepare this council and this city for those cuts. Many Labour councils have, even at a time of austerity, and even while forced to make cuts every bit as agonising as those in Brighton and Hove, made real progress where they can in improving the lives of their citizens. Faced with the unavoidable reality of cuts, Green councillors have stepped back from hard choices, chosen opposition over administration and walked away from the responsibilities that voters gave them three years ago. Time and time again they have shown that they cannot function as a single group and with this latest action they have shown that they cannot lead the city.

The Greens cannot remain in office without taking the responsibility that comes with it, as they did with the Cityclean dispute last summer. They have framed a budget of cuts which they cannot agree on or support so have handed the decision to opposition councillors or even, should it go to referendum, the residents to vote through.
“I say to them you cannot wash your hands of your responsibilities. You cannot use the people of this city to play political games. You cannot pass the cost of Tory cuts on to residents.

Residents of this city want this to stop. They are tired – tired of the division, tired of the games, tired of schemes they don’t support, tired of basic services not being delivered properly. That is why we are moving this motion today, saying to the leader of the council and his committee chairs, stand down, leave office and put your case for re-election to the voters in 450 days’ time.

We propose a cross-party administration, set up under negotiations led by the chief executive, involving a small group of respected members from across all three parties in the chamber to run the city council until those elections are held. It will not be easy. It will require compromises on all sides but it is in the best interests of the city, council services and residents.

The Green administration says, ‘let the people decide.’ Labour members are knocking on doors across the city, from Portslade to Patcham to Rottingdean and everywhere else in between, and let me tell you, the people have decided. Their voice is overwhelming. They want and end to the spin, an end to the political games, an end to the division and an end to this city being a laughing stock. They want the Greens gone. To borrow from Shakespeare, city residents say go, ‘Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once.’”

Another rousing round of applause.

And then the fun really started.

geoffery-theobaldGeoffrey Theobald, Leader of the Conservative Group laughed at the notion of Labour joining the Conservatives, “Its good that they have come round to our way of thinking.”

Before going on further to ridicule Warren Morgan, for moving from “Victor Meldrew to Simon Cowell” for an X Factor selection of a new administration for the remaining 450 days before the next elections.

Former Labour council leader Ken Bodfish accused of him of hypocrisy for proposing the vote of no confidence despite carrying on in the role following similar votes against him in the past.

Conservative councillor and former council leader Mary Mears started of nicely enough by sympathising with Jason Kitcat by saying, “I understand the difficulties of running a council,” but plunged the proverbial knife in with, “But I have to say in all fairness, whether from inexperience or whether from not listening as they should do, this council has come off the rails. The city is not happy. People are saying this council has come off the rails and something needs to be done about it.”

And then Councillor Graham Cox, (“oh here we go,” someone shouted from the public gallery), who I love to hate, confirmed everything I thought of him to be true, with a truly self egotistical speech, “Thank you Madam Major, Um, I had a wonderfully elegant speech (isn’t it up to the listener to decide whether its elegant and not the reader?) I was going to read out but unfortunately councillor Mears has poured water all over it, so um (laughter from the floor) you ‘ll have to get the real thing!”

graham-coxGod I find this man self serving and a total crook.

“Um, the reason I’ve chosen to be on the centre right of politics, is um, actually because left wing ideas, however attractive they may be, always end up with the country going bust and the people that suffer if the country goes bust and the country runs out of money are the poor and vulnerable.

Um, I therefore also with a very very heavy heart, find myself having to support this motion, when I don’t actually want to, because if it was a motion that said, ‘Um, I’ve no confidence in the green administration, and I’ve even less confidence in a potential labour administration, perhaps I’ll be a bit happier.

I obviously can’t have confidence in a green administration that wants to to spend too much money, and if such policies were implemented on a national basis would lead us into the inevitable result which all left wing government’s end up with.

But at least their position is honourable.

They are saying they want to raise taxes in order to support and maintain services, I think often in an inefficient way, but in order to provide and maintain services.

Labour here, just like the Labour government under Gordon Brown, want to provide all of these services and all of these expensive public services but refuse to say how they’ll pay for them, and that’s how we ended up in the mess we are in. Because they wanted to provide over 50% of public services of GDP spent on public services without raising the tax levels to pay for it, which is why we ended up with the biggest peace time deficient of any developed country. And here we see them doing exactly the same.

I have not heard one single positive idea from the labour group in any meeting I’ve ever been to in the three years I’ve been on this council, not one idea how they will reform how its run. The inevitable choice is between being a green party who want to raise taxes, and spend some of it wastefully and a labour party who wouldn’t reform the council at all, which means there would have to be massive massive cuts because they refuse and haven’t got the courage to raise taxes, or a conservative administration that would reform the way that councils is run and the way services are developed, delivered and would freeze council tax.

Its only with a very very heavy heart and those caveats, that I’m willing to support the motion.”

As I said to him when he came out of the chamber all smiles and feeling good about himself, “I can’t believe you voted against your heart on a motion which has no legal baring to anything. God knows how you will vote on a serious life or death matter.”

His smile soon disappeared and he quickly moved away before I could say anymore.

To round this off, here are some quotes which stood out during the proceedings.

“When are we going to get rid of the greens?”

“I think 70% of people will vote against it, £230,000 to make a gesture of politics.”

“We are fed up with the current administration.”

“I must do it, even though I don’t want to, because the public want it.”

“This motion has no legal bidding, so from that point of view, its all a piece of nonsense.”

“Labour only are about the next election.”

“A rather predictable debate.”

mac-gaffertyThe most passionate speech in defence of the Green party policy came from Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, whose speech you can see, 3 hours, 35 minutes and 4 seconds into proceedings, along with all the others on the Brighton and Hove City Webcasting website here,

The Vote of no Confidence.

At 6.25pm on Thursday 30th January the vote of no confidence in Jason Kitcat’s ability to run the council was counted.

Yes – 29

Abs – 2 (its interesting that a Green councillor abstained)

No – 20

Jason Kitcat is defiant in the face of adversity.

Jason Kitcat, vowed to stay in post regardless of the vote saying, “This is a grubby little motion seeking to distract from the real serious challenges this city faces and belittles this chamber.”

Warren Morgan didn’t look too happy after the vote too. I tried to ask him whether he regretted calling for the motion, in light of the ridicule he got for doing so, but he turned his gaze and made it clear he wouldn’t be discussing anything with me that night.

Brightonian Democracy at it’s best.

All in all, it was a fantastic night of Brightonian politics. I never realised such drama was being played out on a regular basis in town halls across the nation.

The next council meeting about the Budget, will be at Hove Town Hall on
Thursday, 27th February, 2014, kicking of at 4.30pm and promises to be a belter.

Come early for a good seat.

Once you file in to find a seat, you’ll be handed a raffle ticket by an elderly man with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his knuckles. This ticket ensures your space in the public gallery and like I said, on Thursday 27th February, it promises to be a belter, so I warn you all to arrive early and get yourself a ticket for the best show in town.

The Best Show in Town.

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Jason Kitcat & Warren Morgan Part Two.

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Leaving the last words to the man of the hour who proposed the motion, Warren Morgan-

“It’s appropriate that Green members and supporters have been shouting and booing during this debate because under this Green administration the city has become a pantomime with a cast of Green politicians at odds with themselves.

I say pantomime. I could equally say farce.

The farce of voting to cut down a tree, then campaigning to save it.

The farce of attempting to oust their leader, then denying it.

The farce of calling in mediators to keep their squabbling councillors together.

The farce of bins uncollected. The comedy of recycling falling.

The tragedy of housebuilding rates in this city dropping.

And all the while the Green MP (Caroline Lucas) runs on and off stage trying to associate or distance herself with whichever Green council action is in that day’s headlines.

Pantomime, comedy or farce, they are usually funny. Well no one is laughing and no one is enjoying the show except those on the Tory benches hoping that the Green collapse will see them return to office.

It is time for the curtain to come down on this miserable Green performance. The show’s over.

For a run down of all your councillors in your area, check this useful pfd out.

Brighton and Hove County Councillors.

After-all, they work for you.