But not only has there been a complete lack of the fabled 'parity of esteem' it seems a pretty appalling political situation locally as well - Cllr. Ford appears to have been voted out by 26 votes to 10 (with 29 abstentions and 3 absentees!) ... and yet there are 23 other Lib-Dems (he's one of a group of 24) on the Council??
You do have to wonder just what the Council Leader, who is one of his political colleagues, is up to ... other than saving her own political skin? At the end of the day, the fact that the supposed final (at the time) decision went to a small Council Committee has to be her ultimate responsibility surely??
Frankly, I don't have a strong view either way on the actual planning application in question - I just don't know enough about the detail of it - but I applaud the fact that Cllr. Ford appears to have been principled enough to stick to his considered opinion.
That principled stand appears to have cost him his job - ousted by lesser people, it seems to me.