On July 19, at the first full county council meeting since the May elections, there was a major debate on a second runway at Gatwick, and a report on all the council activities in the last year, including reductions in services for the elderly, young people, and bus cuts.
UKIP said they needed more time to come to a position on Gatwick; how long do they need, as the issue has been on the table for 25 years?
But what was their highest priority, their first action on behalf of the people they represent?
They called for the removal of the EU flag from the council chamber, where it sits alongside the Union flag and the West Sussex flag.
Never mind that we are full members of the EU, bound by treaties enacted by the Queen in Parliament; never mind that the British people in the only referendum on the subject voted by 2 to 1 to stay in the European Community, and never mind that the county council has no power in this matter, this was UKIP’s only statement on the day!
Our electorates are concerned about the economy, roads, potholes, bus services, schools, hospitals, libraries, all of which Tories, Liberal Democrats and Labour spoke about, but UKIP ignored all that and went for stupid and pointless gesture politics.
I am pleased to say that every Tory, Lib Dem and Labour member refused to support this ludicrous request, leaving only UKIP group exposed as the one trick pony that they so obviously are.
Dr JAMES WALSH
Liberal Democrat Group leader, West Sussex County Council, and county councillor for Littlehampton East, County Hall, Chichester