We have seen much shuffling about over this matter from Labour in recent times. Indeed, despite the fact that the £46 per year tax was a part of their last Sefton Council budget they have even tried to pretend that it was a Lib Dem policy that they were opposing! That silly stunt was seen through by the electorate and it helped Labour in their loss of 2 Maghull Council seats 3 weeks weeks ago.
The Labour Cabinet member responsible for the environment on Sefton Council has all but conceded defeat for this policy but it is still alive and awaiting to be put out of its misery.
A tax proposed by 7 Labour Cabinet members from Bootle but which was always going to have the biggest impact on communities outside of Bootle, where large gardens are the norm, was always going to go down like proverbial brick budgie and so it has. But even comrade Bill Esterson MP, hardly know for missing a passing band wagon, has not been opposing this unfair tax on his own constituents. Could that be because it is a Labour devised tax; you can bet it is.
I wonder what it has done for the fractious relationship between Bill and Labour Council leader Peter Dowd? It can hardly have helped build bridges, can it!