Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Sorry seems to be the hardest word.
This is Lib Dem councillor Chris Lomas who last Thursday launched an unexpected tirade against the Herald Express.
Calling the local newspaper 'corrupt' was not only particularly ill mannered and slanderous, it was politically inept.
Everybody in politics has an axe to grind against the media - I think the local press are biased against my party; until I chat with someone from UKIP or the local Labour party and discover that they feel exactly the same!
The truth is a good newspaper wants to reflect the views it believes it's readers hold -and at the moment most people still think badly of politicians from all sides.
This latest outburst has come on top of a run of bad publicity for the local Lib Dems in which they have been heavily criticised for their behaviour towards campaigner Suzie Colley; as well as making themselves very unpopular by shunning Mayor Nick Bye's offer of a cabinet post..
Many Lib Dems are very bitter about the outcome last year of the mayoral election which meant -in effect- that they were dismissed from office barely half way through their term. But blaming the electorate and the press for your own mistakes is something the Conservative Party used to do - and look where it got us.
In fairness many of Mr Lomas' colleagues have moved to distance their group from his comments and yours truly is now wondering whether or not this man has the grace - or the intellect - to do the right thing and issue an apology.
I doubt if Brendan Hanrahan (Editor of the Herald Express) is holding his breath waiting for one though.