The unexpected has certainly occurred in many ways in the world of politics in recent months.
The EU Referendum result, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and that Jeremy Corbyn is still leader of the Labour Party.
On a more local level in Sunderland something happened at the Full Council Budget Debate recently that I must say I never expected to hear from the Labour leadership of the council, namely the criticism of a Conservative Government for reducing the rents of nearly 28,0000 city-wide social housing tenants.
Labour took Scotland for granted and was wiped out by the SNP, while it recently had a disastrous result in a by-election losing to the Conservatives in a constituency that included Whitehaven, which is hardly leafy Surrey.
By taking this position Labour is now showing it is also losing touch with its past traditional voters in the City of Sunderland.
Coun Michael Dixon, Conservative,
St Michael’s Ward