Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fib Wars

The fall-out from the revelation that Cllr Steven Jones signed the BNP's North Road candidate's nomination papers continues.

Most people I've spoken to think that Cllr. Jones gave a credible account of himself here on this blog and indeed in his Echo piece, and did the right thing when he conceded that he had been incredibly foolish.

In the dock now however are the LibDem hierarchy in the town, who need to answer the following questions;

(1) Why did they sit on the information that one of their candidates had signed the BNP's papers for over a week?

(2) Had the information not been released to the press by Labour, when exactly did they intend informing the residents of North Road?

(3) The Darlington LibDem website is regularly updated (most recently to remove the items about this sorry saga - there's transparency for you). So how come the site still pretends that Steve Jones is an official LibDem candidate? Isn't that an attempt yet again to mislead local voters?

I've been passed a copy of Steve Jones' first leaflet as an independent candidate. It would be easy for me to take a few cheap shots, but in fact he's done very well to get a leaflet out under his own steam in such a short period of time. I wonder how happy the official LibDems will be that Steve is still cheekily using the LibDem logo...?

Finally, a campaigning snippet from North Road. Labour canvassers report that a few residents have pledged their support for LibDem Councillor Fred Lawton, "because he told us that he secured the money to rebuild North Road Primary School." (sic) As always with the Fibs, the bigger the whopper the better.

Needless to say, Labour's campaigning team have been putting people straight.
UPDATE - Sunday 29 April 20:10
Presumably prodded into action by this post, the LibDem hierarchy have finally corrected the candidate information regarding North Road.
If only getting them to tell the truth in their leaflets or on the doorstep were so simple....


ian white, said...

what does (sic) mean?

miketually said...

"Sic is a Latin word meaning "thus", "so", or "just as that". In writing, it is placed within square brackets and usually italicized — [sic] — to indicate that an incorrect or unusual spelling, phrase, punctuation, and/or other preceding quoted material has been reproduced verbatim from the quoted original and is not a transcription error."

Wikipedia makes me look clever.

Anonymous said...

Why are the lib-dems implying to people in North road that Cllr Steve Jones is not standing and telling them not to vote for him this seems rather petty they should let the people decide or are they scared to.

Captain Democracy said...

How many seats do you think that Labour will lose over in Darlington on Friday then? I predict 9.
The count should be very interesting. It will be a joy to see so many glum Labour faces as the results come in. Majorities slashed, some rejected and put out of a job, others just clinging on by their fingernails.
There won't be much for the Labour reptiles to smile about come friday afternoon. All of that time wasted doing election work, slogging miles with boring leaflets, getting doors closed on them by a dissapointed electorate will all of been for little return.

Will their be a repeat of Councillor Fat Buttholes antics at the count, where an anebriated offering of The Red Flag is sung accompanied by belching and a later dropping of the said persons smalls in a mooning incident?

Anonymous said...

I seriously don't understand how you can take a pop at this chap given that the labour party is hardly a bastion of truth and nobility. Yes he's made a mistake and yes he probably should have admitted it sooner however what are the consequences of his perceived negligence? At worst another bigot (IMHO) got on the ballot paper only to democratically loose his deposit which is surely democracy working at a base level!

I cannot understand how a member of the labour party can come over all "holier than thou" when you consider the party's record in power over the last ten years.

I was outraged at the slogan on your election leaflet which read "Your opinions matter to us" is that what you told the two million people who marched on London to protest against the proposed invasion of Iraq right before you ignored them and invaded anyway? Not to mention the opinions of the folks who were opposed to you trying to illegally steam roller in the next generation of nuclear power stations? It took Greenpeace and a high court judge to put the breaks on that one although anyone who thinks this isn't a done deal is a fool. Is "Your opinions matter to us" going to be the official slogan of the next generation of trident nuclear missiles our Tony and his cronies have decided to buy in despite the massive public opposition to this?

Please if you're going to stand for public office and take pops at other peoples morals, judgement and competence you really should get your own house in order first.

Darlington Councillor said...

Thanks for your comment, John.

In fact, when I wrote the pieces about this affair, it was first and foremost to break an important story, which very quickly attracted national media attention.

I tried hard not to be too judgemental, whilst stating (as Steve Jones himself accepts) that the councillor in question had been incredibly foolish. I like Steve Jones personally, and tried to give him a fair wind by publishing his response to the matter as a separate post.

Is Labour perfect? No. Have we had to make some tough decisions and compromises as the governing party for the last ten years? For sure. Does that mean that we are somehow unable to point out to people the shortcomings of the opposition - if that were the case, then democracy in my opinion would be poorly-served.

We probably don't agree on Iraq or the nuclear issue. Interestingly, the BBC is reporting polling on the question of new nuclear reactors which is showing the public almost completely divided, albeit with a small majority against - you can see it here

In the end, though, we live in a representational democracy, when what matters isn't the numbers on the streets but the debate and vote amongst our elected politicians. Of course, if they misjudge the public mood, then they're likely to be out on their ear at the next election.

Anonymous said...

Being in an electoral minority I guess my opinions didn't matter in the end then!