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.
Maybe Morph like Hereford, his heart and head are saying very different things on Unitary status, and realities are starting to loom and confuse.
Shouldn't they have had some idea before? It seems as thought their communication is poor if the Cllrs were holding their heads in the hands -- surely they should have been able to prepare a brave face...
I think it was his performance and the fact that I blunted the attack that did for him. He had a script and he stuck to it, when the realities of the debate moved things on. The Greens and LibDems may back unitary now, but when the reality that the Tories will become the second party and no party will ever have majority control they'll turn table.
What speculation - a little under the weather by the sound of it?
Hardly annon. - his own side are the harshest critic. When one backbencher was laying into him, I say that I was going to blog it, and he replied "good".
Hey Antony..lets here the blog! Gremlins in the Labor ranks?
Herd a rumour he is so worried he is thinking of abandoning ship in Mile Cross after the embarasing defeat there and stand in Catton Grove. The reason I have heard is it is because he lives in Catton Grove but who will believe that! Won't it be funny to see us take out the leader of the council!
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