THE Liberal Democrats leapt to power at the 2006 Kingston Council elections solely through a result against the trend in one ward.
Greater canvassing etc in Berrylands ousted the then Tory leader and two colleagues.
Now the Lib Dems have to go for it again if they are to cling on in May, and it shows.
Their leader's letter on February 26 attacked another gadfly - independent this time - and made further brazen boasts amid possibly fair criticism. He asserts that a positive Rose Theatre effect on Kingston is 'nationally recognised'.
How could any such reputation arise except from the efforts of the council (members or officers) and other Rose enthusiasts (luvvy or local)? Mr Osbourne may mean only that the local economy benefits, but he implies more.
I would prefer as to whether it has had a good effect on the character of Kingston centre, beyond perhaps the historic area.
He claims great school results. Even without the two independent schools, Kingston's apparent examination success is spearheaded by establishments which suck in the best pupils they can get, many from outside the area. Mr Osbourne exaggerates this for effect.
For those who generally prefer normal Lib Dem-ish policies, a hung council with an independent element might be a better option than perpetuating an administration whose time has passed.
MICHAEL HOPE Hook Rise North