Ms Bond – a correspondent writes

A correspondent writes:

We could not have views more diametrically opposed than Owl’s and Paul S’s on the subject of the political affiliation of long-distance EDDC councillor Susie Bond.  I am firmly in the Owl camp.

Ms Bond was elected around the time of the Graham Brown scandal, at a time when calling yourself a Tory would have been a vote loser.  It made sense to be an independent.  Especially as she was identifying strongly with her ward and its appalling flooding problems.

However, as time went on, it was obvious that Ms Bond was closer in political terms to Tories than other Independents. This is fair enough – independents are on a spectrum just as party councillors are.  She made it quite clear that she did not feel close to other independent councillors (particularly East Devon Alliance) – always being careful to distance herself from them when it was needed – again, fair enough. But indicative of her lack of identification with other independents.

After the rout of Tories in the last election however, she joined the caucus around Ben Ingham.  Yes, other independents did too, but most of them saw the (blue) light quite quickly and abandoned his cabinet and sought to distance themselves from him – I do not recall Ms Bond doing this or criticising his increasing identification with Tories (of which he is one again after being Independent then East Devon Alliance (Leader) , then Independent again).

Note, too, that, as she says, she did not vote for Andrew Moulding (Con) bit DID vote for another Conservative councillor, not an Independent.

As for councillors not living in their constituency – true the pandemic made it impossible to hold a by-election for some of the time but one has to say that not living in the ward means she has had no ear to the ground in what goes on there – it was perhaps disingenuous to say nothing about her move until quite recently, and travelling from Berkshire for one physical meeting where she  supported Tories.

I think Ms Bond did right by her community on many hyper-local issues -but on non-local issues she showed a different side.

3 thoughts on “Ms Bond – a correspondent writes

  1. I’m not going to enter into a protracted debate with someone who hides behind the skirts of anonymity, but ask yourself why I felt I had no option but to vote Conservative for the Leader of the Council.

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    • I have known Susie for years and she is no Tory.

      It would be nice if we could always classify politics as black/white or Tory/non-Tory, but often things are not black/white and you have to make imperfect choices or indeed choose the least worst option. Susie was the councillor for Feniton, and her focus was doing what was best for her ward rather than playing party politics. Sometimes that meant she voted with the Tories, sometimes against, but that didn’t make her a Tory.

      I don’t know any of the details behind Susie’s statement, but reading between the lines it appears that she has some sort of issue with Paul Arnott, and a major one if she prefers a Conservative leader to him (given just how untrustworthy and odious the Tory council leadership has been for decades).

      I should say that I also knew both Paul Arnott and Ben Ingham quite well for several years, and I can honestly say that I recognise the strengths and weaknesses of both of them. Given a choice of any Tory or Ben Ingham or Paul Arnott as Leader, my vote would definitely be for Paul Arnott, warts and all, primarily because I know his heart and principles are in the right place even if he is (like all of us) an imperfect individual – and I know full well that is not the case with the local Tories (who have a history of shady decisions – and of unaccountability), and definitely not for Ben Ingham who has proven by his actions beyond any doubt either that he was a Tory all along or that he was ambitious enough to play whatever role would get him / keep him power or possibly even both at the same time.

      So please, let’s not get into tribalist insults.

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