A Corespondent’s comments on the resignation of a political butterfly.

A corespondent writes:

Just a bit underhand of ex-Leader Ingham playing the Covid 19 card when attempting to explain his resignation (” … Whilst the unique circumstances of an active Covid-19 pandemic are hardly an ideal time for a leadership change “) and that of his entire cabinet.  If he had not wanted a schism at this time surely he might have tried harder to keep his councillors happy?

Just a bit underhand of ex-Leader Ingham playing the Covid 19 card when attempting to explain his resignation (” … Whilst the unique circumstances of an active Covid-19 pandemic are hardly an ideal time for a leadership change “) and that of his entire cabinet.  If he had not wanted a schism at this time surely he might have tried harder to keep his councillors happy?

Much of the hard work on Covid 19 is done at county council level (NHS, social care) and what had been delegated to district is administering central government support funds – not a particularly difficult task, mostly doe by officers, so it will hardly be a major disaster if he is not there to see it.

No – Ingham must lay the blame on himself.  Once half his councillors departed he was faced with working even more closely with his Tory colleagues (to whom he gave a number of plum jobs during his first weeks in office) and his closeness to them would have become ever more apparent.

He’s been an EDDC Conservative Councillor, former Leader of the East Devon Alliance and now the leader (until we hear otherwise) of a very minority group of so-called “Independents”.  Will he join the Greens or Lib Dems next perhaps?

A political butterfly should really not expect his career(s) to last forever.