Martin Francis has reacted with dismay to the various spending cuts mooted in Brent's latest budget consultation. However improbable it might seem, it appears that he did not realise that some such list was inevitable given the sheer scale (£50 million plus) of the spending cuts imposed by the current Con/Lib Dem government.
I am never quite sure how far he just can't get his head round things or how far it is part of his party's long avowed strategy to damage the Labour Party. Certainly, in practice he always seems to be attacking the Labour Party and/or Brent Council rather than the Tories. It also seems to result in a series of attacks on any kind of change, including positive changes like Brent Civic Centre that improve services whilst saving money. Indeed I am not sure that Martin actually recognises that you can improve outcomes whilst spending less at all. I think he effectively thinks that more public spending is always good regardless of value.
It is also possible that this is all a cunning plan, based on a modern version of revolutionary defeatism. This would suggest the destruction of the Labour Party as a prelude to a Leftie utopia, although I think it more likely to result in permanent Tory rule. Either way, those in the Labour Party who think they can do a deal with people whose aim and/or instinct is simply to attack the Labour Party are on a hiding to nothing.