Sunderland Council's Budget meeting saw Tory Councillors attended to support the budget other than for one small amendment. However, when Tory Group Leader Cllr Tony Morrissey responded to Labour Leader Cllr Paul Watson's opening diatribe against ‘Tory Cuts’ by suggesting that cuts would have been as bad if not worse under his party the Council Leader responded:
“It’s like saying we should speak German now because the Nazis could have won World War Two. You’re in charge now!”
Cllr Morrissey says:
“I think many people present, myself included, and from all sides, gasped and wondered what Cllr Watson was thinking. “In retrospect I should have pointed out to Cllr Watson that he was in effect comparing his own party (in terms of a Nazi victory) to the NSDAP."