Raising the Council Tax also failed to put fire in the bellies of those who should be natural Conservative supporters. We must win them back.
How can it be fair that local residents are hit financially, yet councillors’ allowances and executive remuneration have both increased?
If returned in May, supporting our children to benefit from being physically active would be a cornerstone of our offering.
Our survey identified 15,875 of them. Many of these could be redeveloped to provide new homes.
It is incumbent on all of us to spend less time moaning, and more time putting out energy into where we can get the best return on our limited resources.
The point here is the electoral trade-off between what could plausibly happen in the capital and the provinces – with Corbyn entering Downing Street in consequence.
They want to know that their political leaders aren’t racist or judgemental or stuck in a 1950s parody – but they aren’t interested in hearing about these ideas primarily.
The capital isn’t a single political entity. Rather, it is still in some ways a Napoleon-of-Notting-Hill-style mass of small towns.
Such messages have more in common with the race controversies of 50 years ago than with the modern Conservative Party.
Pundits are expecting a drubbing for the Conservatives in the capital. But some boroughs will buck the trend. I predict unpredictability.
We are embarking upon major housing regeneration and are showing that ours is the Party truly focussed on improving residents’ quality of life.
This follows the example of Havering.
It is a relic of an out-of-date fashion for the big and artificial rather than the small, local and rooted.
The carrot is proving to be a very effective tool.