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beansThe ever shrinking South Tyneside Independent Alliance

You now know “officially” what some of us have known for some time now, that Cllr. George Waddle has had enough of the Branley/Khan South Tyneside Independent Alliance grouping on South Tyneside Council, and has joined the growing list of councillors who have found that they can no longer work under the direction of Jane Branley and Ahmed Khan, leader and deputy leader respectively.

What we don’t know, precisely, are the full reasons behind George Waddle’s decision to abandon the people who gave him the supposed comfort of group strength and literary resources, nor do we know why decent councillors such as John Hodgson in Monkton and Gordon Finch in Horsley Hill choose to remain in a group where they have little or no influence over (a) their own party leadership, and  (b) wider opposition to Labour in this neck of the woods.

Jane Branley is unlikely to give up the ownership of the party in the near future, and Ahmed Khan is unlikely to enhance the reputation of the Independent Alliance in either the short or the longer term, additionally the other Branley is once again apparently finding it difficult to exercise his duties within South Shields Town Hall.

Would someone care to “spill the beans” over the real reasons why Waddle left, and over the current state of minds of Finch and Hodgson?

Just why would they want to stay?

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Written by curly

July 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

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  1. maybe it’s because the alliance is not offering any alternative policies.
    Mind George pontificates so much he is South Tyneside’s answer to the actor who played the Master of Ceremonies in The Good Old Days.
    At a meeting he was asked what his alternative strategy to closing care homes was and he could not give an answer yet he writes irate ( and long winded) letters to The Gazette about it.

    I Spy

    July 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    • The Indy Alliance have always been a policy free party. I think that is at the heart of their problems. Without anything to articulate, they have nothing to do but attack other councillors in the most personal ways.

      The other problem, of course, is if they had policies, they would be one step closer to having to admit that they are a political party. With that comes Electoral Commission registration, and the resulting transparence as to exactly how much the Branleys’ contribute, and how little everyone else contributes.

      The Fat Councillor

      July 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

  2. We have got to look at the real reasons why the indi are falling like flies.
    Maybe the ones that left the nest are good people and cant abide by evil doing instigated by the leaders.

    If you look in the eyes of all indi councillors you can see greed,one of the 7 deadly sins.

    Time to call it a day indi,knock it on the head,pack it all in,put your county court claim forms away,we the public do know the indi have lost all credibility.

    mr de

    July 30, 2010 at 9:13 am

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