Monday, 12 May 2008

We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert…..

By ‘Insider’

When, in our last post we posed the question ‘is time running out for Albert Nugent?’ we hadn’t seen this one coming……

Durham County Council leader suspended on eve of crucial election

The crucial leadership vote did indeed take place on Saturday May 10th – and Simon Henig was declared the new leader of Durham County Council, with Clive Robson retaining his position as deputy leader.

But Albert played no part in the proceedings, owing to the ‘slight difficulty’ of him being suspended ‘indefinitely’ from the national Labour Party along with four other councillors.

On the eve of the DCC election, Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) suspended Albert Nugent, Alan Napier, Robert Crute, Audrey Laing and Alice Naylor over allegations that they reneged on a deal aimed at bringing more women into politics.

For the full story, we recommend you click on this:

(and while you’re there, have a look at some of the interesting – and diverse – comments posted online by concerned voters, too!).

All of this put your Insider in mind of a song written by Paul McCartney many moons ago, before he was a ‘Sir’ and when he fronted the band Wings. (We’re sure Sir Paul won’t mind if we reproduce some of the lyrics here):

We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,
We're so sorry if we caused you any pain.
We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,
But there's no one left at home
And I believe I'm gonna rain.

We're so sorry but we haven't heard a thing all day,
We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,
But if anything should happen
We'll be sure to give a ring.

We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,
But we haven't done a bloody thing all day.
We're so sorry, Uncle Albert,
But the kettle's on the boil
And we're so eas'ly called away."

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