In the words of Ben Elton (where is he now?) we had a “little bit of politics’’ in the PT last week. As our intrepid reporter Joel was hightailing it to Westminster to cover Stewart Jackson’s debate on the St Michael’s Gate debacle, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heading the other way to Peterborough to relaunch his Labour leadership.
Neither were probably particularly happy with the outcome. Housing minister Gavin Barwell listened sympathetically and then proceeded to give his backing to landlords to treat tenants like dirt.
Jezza meanwhile got his predictable mauling after changing his mind more times than a teenage girl deciding what to wear on her first date.
Our MP Stewart Jackson played a part in both stories. Before Mr Corbyn had found his seat on the 10.11 from Kings Cross, Mr Jackson was issuing a pre-emptive “get your scooters off my lawn’’ and demanded the Labour leader apologise for record immigration during Labour’s last government.
It’s an interesting idea of Stewart’s that politicians should apologise for failed policy, but I’m not sure how they’d find time to run the country if they did.
Stewart himself was apologetic to the St Michael’s Gate residents in his debate saying: “I feel very bad about what has happened. I apologise to my constituents that I could not do more to help them.’’
Sorry it seems is not the hardest word for Stewart. Sadly his Tory colleagues on Peterborough City Council don’t seem to share his feelings .
All they can do is bleat on that they had no choice but to sign the disgraceful deal that toileted lives at a stroke of a pen.
Meanwhile Mr Corbyn waded into the row saying: “What they (the city council) have done is sold off council houses to a private company, that surely cannot be the right thing to do.’’
The hapless Mr C was badly briefed and just plain wrong.
Predictably, the city council quickly jumped in to have a pop at the bumbling opposition leader.
But the Tories on the city council would be well advised to keep their collective head down on this one or, and here’s a good idea, they could say sorry.