Tuesday 22nd September 2020,
North Yorks Enquirer

“King of the DEVO Castle”

August 22, 2020 Cartoons

“King of the DEVO Castle”

It looks as though InToon has his money on hot favourite County Councillor Carl Les[Con.], presently Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, to scoop the DEVO pool and become ‘King of the DEVO Castle’ – and, by extension, seeing Scarborough Borough Council Leader, Councillor Steve Siddons [Lab.], (already in hot water over alleged GDPR/Data Protection abuses) heading for the political scrap heap.

A nail in the coffin of Siddons’ preferred “East/West” split (Scarborough, Ryedale, York, Selby [East] versus Harrogate, Craven, York and Richmondshire [West]) is that his plan is in direct conflict with the vision of Harrogate Borough Council Leader Councillor Richard Cooper [Con.] – a “North/South” split (Richmondshire, Hambleton, Ryedale, Scarborough [North]) versus Harrogate, Selby, York, Craven [South] – though even he has no confidence in that version.

On top of which, City of York Council Leader Councillor Keith Aspden [Lib.Dem.]  is determined that York (already a Unitary Authority, since 1996) must continue to go it alone.

Under a Conservative government looking to consolidate sweeping Conservative gains in the North East at last December’s General Election, no wonder InToon sees NYCC’s Carl Les [Con.] as heir apparent to the title of ‘King of the DEVO Castle’.

Rock on, Carl – job’s a good ‘un! (If you like that sort of thing . . . many don’t).

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