The minority LibDem leadership in Bristol City Council has been converted into a LibDem majority after yesterday’s local elections. The Green’s targeting of Ashley ward wasn’t enough to unseat sitting LibDem Dr Jolly Jon Rogers, despite Shirley Not’s CoconutGate race shenanigans threatening to complicate matters.
I’ve been busy on other matters lately, so here’s some handy links to other Bristol bloggers on the elections:
As a postscript, he’s the sum of all the politicking I’ve been subjected to in the trenches of St Paul’s…
Election campaign results from the BunKRS
Leaflets-through-the-door count (alphabetical):
- BNP (Euro) 1
- Green (BCC) 1
- Labour (Euro) 2
- No2EU (Euro) 1
- UKIP (Euro) 1
Leaflets-seen-in-windows etc count (alphabetical):
- All parties (BCC) 0
- All parties (Euro) 0
Canvassers for BCC elections:
Conversations about BCC elections with local neighbours:
Conversations about BCC elections with others in Bristol:
This is all down my ends of Ashley ward. Seeing as we were supposed to be some kind of battleground, I was surprised there was no doorstep business from Greens or LibDems, and only one leaflet from either! The nearest to any kind of canvassing was a Green who buzzed my flat asking to be let in to the block on a Sunday to deliver leaflets, but they didn’t knock on the door to talk or anything.
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, Events & Happenings, Municipally Yours, Politik
Tagged Al Shaw, Ashley ward, BNP, Bristol Blogger, Bristol City Council, Chris Hutt, Conservative Party, Green Bristol Blog, Green Party, James Barlow, Labour Party, Liberal Democrat Party, local elections, no2eu, St. Paul's, Trym Tales, UKIP, Vote 2009
Bike crash at junction of City Road, Upper York Street and Stokes Croft, as captured on Google Street View. Perhaps more astonishing than this pile-up (and exactly how did that happen? Is the chap on the left riding an invisible steed?) is that there are no tramps in the background. I guess they heard about the plans to water down White Lightning.
Tip O’ The Titfer: [underscore] via Stefan Goodchild
ETA: Chris Hutt has spotted that The Sun has picked up the picture – it’s the third one in this slideshow, and also mentioned here.
ETA: It’s also featured in this BBC article (5th image in the gallery).
ETA: I can’t find any pictures showing the pre-crash situation, but this picture shows the aftermath in a bit more detail. That skateboarder is definitely acting suspiciously!
Posted in FunnyBone, News Stand, Snap Attack, Tek+Mek+Bleep
Tagged @stefangoodchild, Chris Hutt, City Road, colliding cyclists, crash, cyclist, Google Maps, Google Street View, Green Bristol Blog, skateboarder, Stokes Croft, StreetView, The Sun, Upper York Street, White Lightning, [underscore], [_]
Following the booting out of the Labour minority cabinet at Bristol City Council, ‘transport supremo’ Mark Bradshaw has been wondering what to do with himself.
Tweet your suggestions to @mark_bradshaw
I see Terry Cook has also discovered the jobseeking potential of Twitter.
Josh Hart has written an interesting critique of Sustrans over at his On The Level blog:
There are an increasing number of concerns…but they centre around this: should a private charity with no accountability to the public or its membership (Sustrans calls them supporters) be given millions of taxpayer pounds every year without adequate consultation or oversight?
…It also turns out that very few Sustrans employees are personally involved in the Bristol Cycling Campaign-something I find very odd considering many of them live and cycle in Bristol. In fact, it sometimes seems that Sustrans goes out of its way to ignore Bristol, as if to prove to other areas of the country that the City that hosts their headquarters curries no special favour. When plans for a bus rapid transit route threatened the Bristol-Bath Railway Path (Sustrans’ flagship facility) they were sluggish in responding to the threat, terrified of offending the local council, actually going on record in the Evening Post saying essentially that they had “no comment” about the plans.
Though the beast finally woke from its bloated lottery-money induced slumber and opposed the plan with some force, the damage had been done. Thankfully, local activists stepped into the vacuum and formed Save the Railway Path, organised a 1000 strong march to the Council house that succeeded in getting the City Council to shelve the ill-conceived plans. We know that Sustrans knew about the BRT plan as early as July 2007 if not earlier, yet they did nothing to alert others and provoke opposition. They only jumped on the bandwagon when it was clear that their credibility was on the line if they did nothing…
Chris Hutt at Green Bristol Blog has provided some much needed (judging by some of the catty remarks already deposited on Josh’s comments section by College Green lycra-clad loyalists) back-covering; this one should run and run!
Posted in Activista, Bristol, Corruption & Sleaze, EcoShizzle, Policing Space, Politik, Space Raiders, Sportski, Tek+Mek+Bleep, Transport
Tagged Chris Hutt, Green Bristol Blog, Josh Hart, National Cycle Network, On The Level, Sustrans
Birth of a meme..?
Picking up the meme and running with it:
Eyeing the meme covetously, but restraining themselves:
- Bread and Cabot Circus
- Cahoot Circus
- Carbon Circus
- Carrot Circus
- Cornucopia Circus
- Jesus Building
- New Broadmead
Edited Friday 14th November to add more links
Posted in Bristol, Bristol Shitty Council, Carpetbaggers & Privatisers, Corruption & Sleaze, Municipally Yours, NewsBurst, Policing Space, Transport, Yuppification & All That Jazz
Tagged Bread and Cabot Circus, Bristol Alliance, Bristol Blogger, Bristol Dave, Bristol Graffiti, Bristol Greengage, Bristol Traffic, Cabot Circus, Cahoot Circus, Carbon Circus, carpetbaggers, Carrot Circus, Chris Hutt, Circomedia, Circusmead, Cornucopia Circus, credit crunch, Ed Mitchell, Evening Post Watch, Friend & Co, Green Bristol, Green Bristol Blog, Jesus Building, Kizzy Morrell, New Broadmead, On The Level, snake oil, Studio 7, The Bristol Blogger, Thomas Guest, Vowles the Green in Knowle, Wrestlevania