This morning was the final part of the budget setting process here at City Hall. Each of the other parties in the Assembly put forward budget amendments and we supported the Mayor’s, as each of the amendments was out-voted the budget was put to the Assembly unamended.
At that point the most extraordinary thing happened. The Lib Dems and the Greens voted against the budget, as you would expect, but the Labour group abstained. Having spent the last few months claiming that Boris was making all the wrong choices they refused to vote against the very budget they had been criticising.
Because of their abstention the budget was carried with just the Conservative group voting for it. No other party in the Assembly supported Boris’s tax cutting budget.
This really makes Livingstone and his team look quite stupid.