Cllr Paula Black, of the Totnes Rural electoral division of Devon County Council, has defected from the Green Party to the Labour Party.
"Some people in the Green party have quite extreme views – we cannot go and live in mud huts."
The Green Party are not a respectable, fluffy political party. They are an extreme left wing party who wish to overthrow capitalism. Yet the socialist alternative offers terrible environmental consequences – as Roger Scruton recently reminded us in his book Green Philosophy. So I welcome Cllr Black's defection as progress albeit modest.
Over in Stevenage the Labour Party also has a new recruit. Cllr John Mead has defected to them from the Liberal Democrats. He says the Lib Dems are "untrustworthy."