Councillors are not to blame for EU betrayal, EXPRESS COMMENT

The failure to deliver on its promises over Brexit and to leave the EU - despite Theresa May promising more than 100 times that we would be out on March 29 - has rightly been seen as one of the great betrayals of British democracy. Voters are right to feel utterly disgusted and it is of little surprise that major donors are abandoning the Tory party. However, we need to remember that the elections on Thursday are not about Brexit but how much council tax you pay and the quality of services you get. It is not right to punish hard-working councillors for the failures of MPs. The statistics are also clear. Conservative-run councils in 2019/20 in England charge on average £93 a year less than Labour controlled councils on a Band D home, and £137 a year less than Lib-Dem-controlled councils.

The things which affect your day to day life are much more wide ranging than Brexit and if your local authority falls into the wrong hands then you will have to live with the consequences for years.

There will almost certainly be a chance for people to register their fury about Brexit soon, by voting in the European Parliament elections for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party.

But those who think they will stay at home in protest on Thursday should remember the blunt advice of the US politician Nancy Pelosi: "If you don't vote, you don't count."

Keep our towns safe

IT IS truly astonishing that a judge should think it appropriate to release a convicted foreign murderer on to British streets while he awaits deportation.

Nobody will be surprised that Albanian Hektor Mahmutaj, 43, who smuggled himself into the UK hidden in a lorry, has subsequently disappeared and is at large.

Judge Tan Ikram, who allowed this man to roam the streets, is just one part of a much wider problem.

After all, in Rory Stewart we have a prisons minister who would like to stop locking criminals up.

Enough is enough. It is time for those in authority to think of the victims of crime and the safety of our communities.

Happily Elba after 

A FEW hearts will no doubt have been broken at the news that the multi-talented actor, director and musician Idris Elba has tied the knot and married his Canadian partner Sabrina Dhowre in Morocco.

Since his first named role on screen as a gigolo in Ab Fab in 1995, to his grittier roles in Luther and The Wire as well as his brief kickboxing and rapping careers, Londoner Elba has captivated us with his performances for almost a quarter of a century.

We can only wish him and his lucky bride many happy years together.

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