This morning a leaflet dropped through my letter box from those fine people known as the Conservative Party.
As a resident of the exclusive Victoria ward I have a tough choice coming up, and that's who to vote for in the town council by-election.
Sadly, sitting Conservative councillor Barbara Selby passed away following a losing battle to cancer. According to the Conservative literature, the party wanted to keep the seat vacant until the 2011 town council elections, but the Lib Dems wanted the by-election to go ahead.
It's surprising that it's taking place. Through the media we're often told how the town councillors from both parties work so well together and do the best for the town, so why the urgency to have one extra councillor in place for all of 10 months?
What I found extremely shocking from the leaflet is how it featured former Lib Dem Town Councillor John Merrill. He was a councillor for a number of years, then left the Lib Dems and sought to be elected to the town council as an independent. Sadly the voters appear to vote for the party and not the person, and John missed out.
So John Merrill is now back on the political scene, flying the flag for the Conservative party, he's even been made chairman of Burgess Hill WEST. Is Burgess Hill really that big that the Conservatives need chairman for different areas?
What I'd really like to know is why over the past 4 years or so have so many Lib Dem councillors in Burgess Hill switched to the Conservatives or chosen to go independent? What is so bad about being a member of the Lib Dems at local level?
There has to be some sort of internal problem, doesn't there? If so, why doesn't someone higher up in the Lib Dem foodchain solve any unrest?
If you readers have any ideas, then please leave a comment below.