We were on the fence about deeply ambitious,relatively new Labour councillor Jo Bird but there’s one thing we can’t stand (among many other things) it’s political hypocrisy.
This week we found Cllr Bird railing against the excesses of local councillors and their love of a good nosh up and a free bar at council taxpayers expense and how she would be inviting the underprivileged foodbank users to future events. How very Lady Bountiful! Read here
We know this is a deeply unpopular view but popularity is one thing we’ve never courted (although our growing number of followers testifies otherwise) . The thing is at Leaky Towers we take a very dim view of foodbanks. For the record we find them to be a queasy mix of political point scoring , virtue signalling , increasing dependency and masking the true extent of inequality . Having said that they’re not as vomit-inducing as freeloading councillors so you would think we’d welcome Cllr Bird’s headline grabbing heartfelt plea.
However we’d have much more respect for Bird if she had boycotted being a guest at a lavish ‘free’ reception for the ‘Giants’ in Liverpool recently and hadn’t tucked into the hospitality offered at the installation of Mayor on 13th May and instead stayed at home and caught up on her Karl Marx rather than going to the press ten days later with an onion pressed to her eyes to squeeze out the tears of pity for the poor!
Perhaps she took a goodie bag to stuff with smoked salmon and roasted mediterranean vegetables to distribute to the destitute on her way home?…