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Voters wisely reacted to political immaturity in Harrow!

After a year’s of the political mess in Harrow and the damage caused because of the ILG factor (Independent Labour Group), it is a relief that Harrow council now has a majority administration (Labour) and the residents could expect good quality services once again.

We are also pleased to see the launch of the Harrow Monitoring Group  and we will work with them closely for the Harrow related matters along with similar groups in London. We would like to point out that we are now far more determined to implement our objectives despite the right-wing tactics to intimidate and harass us.

 We support the following analysis articulated by the Harrow Monitoring Group:

The M&W Independents team, now leading the Harrow Monitoring Group (HMG), has regularly exposed, analysed and reported the political mess created by the Tory group and Independent Labour Group (ILG) in Harrow and the consequences of their ill doings for the residents - and that a vote for ILG, is a vote for the Tory group. Our professional and analytical work has been noted and widely appreciated by public, and both of these groups have been rightly and heavily punished at the ballot-box.

We congratulate Cllr Perry for leading his group to victory despite a series of setbacks. Perhaps the group would now evaluate the events in the last year to see how things could be improved, both in terms of its as well as the council's work!

We also congratulate Cllr Hall for leading her group to defeat which looks more miserable considering the Tory heavy weights visiting Harrow in a show of support to her and the ILG doing whatever they could do to divide the Labour vote.

Briefing the community leaders after the election, HCJ chairman Jaiya Shah said, “We are very worried about the worth of the Tory group now in opposition because of its defeat despite the prime minister, London mayor, home secretary visiting Harrow and dividing the community in the process”. 

“The Harrow situation also reflects badly on the government: the prime minister visits Harrow and praises the minority Tory group for its ‘good work’ but the voters did not believe him. This raises serious question about his political judgement and credibility nationally” said Mrs Shah.

Political immaturity

Like misjudging her support at the council and bringing her budget to the council early this year and got it defeated, Cllr Hall failed to sense that Harrow residents have no desire for an elected-mayor style council administration.

During its short-lived council administration, the Tory group leadership showed environment-specific ego to rule Harrow at the cost of education, health, social care, housing and communication services which are already not good enough compared with other similar London councils in many respects. What also did not help was the ‘culture of fear' developed at the civic centre, marked by the resignation of the chief executive, followed by some key directors leaving – officers only appeared to be able to do what they were told to do.

We are not aware of anyone in Hall's group to challenge her leadership and therefore she would remain as a leader of her group by default.

The wiped out Independent Labour Group (ILG) totally underestimated the maturity of the voters and their voting power and failed to sense the backlash to its political vindictiveness in a democratic system. Labour was seen as a victim where they won despite comparatively low turnout.

Like what the Tories did to the miners, the Labour in Harrow was divided by supporting the formation of the breakaway ILG which not only controversially voted in minority Tory administration but tried hard to divide the Labour votes to benefit Tory group at the May election by using the personalised votes of its candidates, predominantly Asians or Muslims. But this didn't work!

As the exact number (47) of the ILG candidates and their placements were known to the Tory group leader well in advance due to the closeness between her and the ILG lead councillors, it is very likely that the Tory group leader had directed ILG to strategically place its troops to best safeguard Tory seats. But this didn't work either!

Notes:

Like now, voters voted in Labour administration in 2010 to run the council.

In mid-2013, the breakaway Independent Labour Group, encouraged and supported by the Tory group, snatched the council administration from Labour because of what has been described as the personal grudge against some in the Labour group (which became highly toxic later).

Few months later, the Tory group grabbed the council administration with the support of the well groomed Independent Labour Group who voted in the Tory group through a highly controversial process which created the political mess (i.e. a hung council where both the Labour and Tory groups had 25 councillors each, and Tory minority administration was in place because of the 8 ILG councillors).

   

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