Steve Morphew is the best leader that Labour have had in Norwich for many, many years. Unlike the collection of weak trolls who went before him, Steve has proved himself time and time again - culminating in his election win last May. However, his performance in the Council Chamber last night has raised eyebrows - on all sides of the political divide.
I understand that Morph (as he is affectionately known around City Hall) has bene storming the corridors telling anybody who would listen that he was going to crush us two mere Tories and that I personally was on for a pounding.
So why did he put up such a piss-poor performance on the floor of the chamber then? As he attempted to attack the Unitary Referendum Motion, his own side held their heads in their hands (for all to see) and afterwards the talk around the place was how he managed to fluff this. He sounded barkingly odd - a bizarre speech that made very little sense. Although Cllr Bremner's speech was, I believe, designed to make Morph's look intelligent and well thought out.
I'm afriad that, save one blast against the Greens economic policy and a great line about the City only being able to cope with so many Organic Greengrocers, Cllr Morphew looked pretty limp last night.
His colleagues, and other Councillors, not only noted it but saw fit as to speculate why.