Harold Wilson once suggested that a week was a long time in politics. My own view is that a day could be described in much the same terms. Waking up at the beginning of the week to read the 853 blog was a real surprise. Could this be happening to me or was it a bad dream or a chapter from a bad novel?
There are those who believe that there is a plot or conspiracy around every corner. I don’t subscribe to that view. Why would anyone be interested in little old me. I simply don’t buy the suggestion that someone using an internet account in Portugal would try to implicate me by gathering information to threaten my political credibility. Whatever has happened in the Town Hall is in the past. I am looking to the future and staying focused on the campaign trail.
I was delighted to have been invited to three hustings in recent days. The interest in political issues was a breath of fresh air and a big “thank you” to the organisers. It was interesting to see the Conservatives and Liberals doing everything possible to avoid any association with their parties. Clear blue water in abundance. You would think the candidates had not kept in touch with the disgraceful way that their parties have attacked the most vulnerable. Interesting to listen to “Call Clegg” on LBC on Thursday to hear him supporting the bedroom tax. Shame on him.
Having spent my time in many parts of the Borough in recent weeks, people are not concerned about political tittle tattle but about how the decisions taken and the policies being discussed are going to impact on them and their families.
Our record of achievement is valued and appreciated. Improving education standards and protecting Children’s Centres from closure as a consequence of Government cuts are high on the list of resident priorities. Protecting people from the bedroom tax, promoting training and employment opportunities are among the priorities that people appreciate.