Saturday, April 21, 2007

FibDem Campaigning Tactics I


So you're a LibDem candidate facing two entrenched and popular Labour Councillors in a safe Labour seat. What do you do? Work hard to identify problems which have been ignored, perhaps? Try and speak to as many residents as you can?


Of course, it's important to remember that you're a LibDem candidate, so you do neither of those things, but instead mislead local people with a phoney petition.


On March 9th I blogged that after a long campaign by Labour local councillors Chris McEwan and Geoff Walker, a bus service will be instituted between Whinfield, Haughton Green, Red Hall and Morton Palms. I wrote about a meeting with local residents,


I was able to share that the Council has now tendered for a service that will run three times a day during the week linking the estate with Whinfield and Morton Palms. The bus will be low-floor, and the service will begin in July.


Yet the LibDems Robert Upshall and Robin Cradock have placed the above petition in a local shop calling for a bus service to be introduced linking (yes, you've guessed it) Whinfield, Haughton Green, Red Hall and Morton Palms! The intention is patently to mislead residents who may not have heard about the Labour Council's initiative in July that somehow nothing is being done and only the LibDems are campaigning for a transport link.
It's the FibDems at their shoddiest, most cynical worst. How do these guys sleep at night?!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nick the words you are looking for are JUMPING ON THE BAND WAGON.

Darlington Councillor said...

You're spot on, anonymous!

Chris McEwan said...

Nick - well this is my first post on your site (or whatever it's called) - obviously I read it all the time ....... Thanks for the post and the picture as well. I can only conclude that (1) they are being cynical and deliberately trying to mislead or (2) they have failed to talk with local people - clearly they are not reading the Echo or our Newsletters. We have promoted this new service via the press and also through our regular newsletter (as you know we put out a newsletters VERY regularly since election in 1999). Back to the bus issue, we will continue to promote the service alongside our partners in the Community Partnership and the Community Association (who were present at the meeting that I chaired). Thanks again for flagging this.

Chris Smith said...

I noticed this the other day when I was in the 'ding-dong' shop (not trying to advertise - honest!) and thought 'What on earth?" Trying to score points and taking credit for the hard work of others - is that really what the LibDem's plan of attack will be?

ian holme said...

what with all this posting by counciilors and "responding to the electorate", anyone would think there was an election in the air.

But we dont all have such short memories...............

Anonymous said...

whatever happened to these busses?