I know it is difficult, I know that in the heat of a keenly contested by-election it is natural to attack ones opponents, but Labour and the Greens must call a truce in Brighton and Hove.
Tomorrow we are likely to see unprecedented attacks on benefits, local government, essential services. But in the St Peter’s and North Laine by-election the candidates are making claim and counter claim that is so very off-putting for those of us who might be sympathetic to both parties.
Take the Greens. Lizzie Deane in one of her leaflets says “Only a Green vote will stop the Tories from re-gaining a City Council majority”. Nonsense. In St Peter’s and North Laine a vote for either the Greens or Labour will prevent a Tory gain. It was this kind of nonsense that I criticised after the general election, except on that occasion it was Labour making false claims. Lizzie Deane should clarify this point if she is to be taken seriously as an ethical politician.
Tom French, who I must say is growing on me every time I have contact with him, is in danger of getting above and beyond himself with some of his statements. Today he dismisses the role of the Greens in the Lewes Road Community Garden. Again, this is nonsense. The Greens have been involved in this project from the outset.
Those of us not engaged in sectarian politics would want to wish both Labour and the Greens well. Attacking each other – as if there ConDemNation coaltion was a mere sideshow – is a complete turnoff at this time. To both Tom and Lizzie, please tell us about your plans and policies, and please refrain from commenting about each other, or their prospects in this by-election. Do so, and I will wish you both well.