Labour Councillor Harvey Crane has taken to the Ipswich Labour website to attack the idea of switching off street lights in Alexandra Ward, claiming that it will increase damage to vehicles, rapes, assaults and muggings. Ignoring the inflammatory and ridiculous inclusion of rape in that list as a crime that will be increased by less use of lighting, this is a policy that has been given huge support by the Labour Party in Ipswich, with Cllr Ross commenting here, here and here about how much he supports the idea.
Not only that but Labour published a newsletter in June, the Bixley Rose, which identified the street lighting switch off as their idea, before deciding it was better to blame the Tories at the County Council. It is, in fact, an initiative of the Tory led County Council, providing savings which are being recycled to ensure that libraries don’t close and school crossing patrols aren’t stopped, two things Ipswich Labour tell the voters they have responsibility for preventing.
It was once the province of the Liberal Democrats to be wicked, act shamelessly, stir endlessly, but now it seems that Labour have taken that page from the Lib Dem handbook. Ipswich Spy was once told of a Lib Dem activist caught in Leiston telling one neighbour that locally they knew Sizewell power station (a big employer in Leiston) was a great thing for the economy whilst telling the other that nationally Lib Dems were opposed to nuclear power. It seems as though David Ellesmere and John Cook, who led and inspired Labour’s revival in Ipswich, may have to ask serious questions of their campaigners and councillors if they are saying one thing to residents in one part of the town and another to residents in another. One face should not speak with two voices and expect to be trusted.