Local thespian, Ralph Brown, has taken issue with my blogging style. In a Tweet earlier this evening Ralph twittered: “@BrightonPolitic I’m afraid your blog is losing it’s grip. Innaccurate, attention-seeking and shit-stirring speculation. Must do better”. There’s nothing more satisfying than being recognised by one’s peers!
What Ralph has taken issue with is my criticism of local Green councillors. Ralph’s reaction was just what I was hoping to avoid. It is fine to take issue with what I say, but he offers no evidence to support his view that what I have written is inaccurate. In fact, I was quoting an assertion he had made about Brighton’s Open Market and Green councillor Keith Taylor’s failure to campaign to save it.
“Attention-seeking and shit-stirring speculation”? On the contrary, I have written from the perspective of supporting Caroline Lucas, the Green candidate in Brighton Pavilion. I have called for tactical voting by Labour and Lib Dems. I did the same in the Goldsmid by-election that saw the election of energetic and impressive Green, Alex Phillips. But a blog must be allowed to make constructive criticism, and I do so because, as I said earlier, Caroline’s campaign is being let down by Green councillors in certain Brighton Pavilion wards, and specifically in St Peter’s and North Laine ward.
A far more constructive criticism comes from Luke Walter. I am happy to reproduce the full text of his comment, and would urge you to read his excellent blog:
“I think there’s strong evidence to suggest that the Greens message, particularly in this campaign, is reaching other parts of Brighton, beyond traditional Green areas. You can read my analysis of the ward breakdown from December’s ICM poll here: http://bit.ly/aCBboK. Whilst the poll has it’s flaws, it suggests that the Greens are performing well in Patcham and Withdean (actually out-performing the Tories in Withdean). Whilst there is work to be done in Hollingbury and Stamner, and the Greens need to shore up the vote in Regency, the message is getting through. In Hollingbury and Stamner, the Greens need to continue to make the case to Labour-supporting residents that their best bet to beating the Tories is to vote Green, as this blog has advised and rightly so. There is no doubt that the Greens can get their literature through the letterbox faster than any other party, and can certainly rely on a kind of national support the Vere and Platts campaign could only dream of. They just need those extra voters to trust the Greens, which we hope they will.”
Thanks, Luke, very constructive. And Ralph, I will try better! But perhaps you could encourage those hardworking but bureaucratic Green councillors to get out campaigning for Caroline!
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