The Ghost of Nobby Clarke has an interesting take on Hollingdean and Stanmer which will bring joy to the heart of Momma Grizzly (Rachael Bates). The Ghost believes that the Green’s Sven Rufus will do well enough in Hollingdean and Stanmer to take enough votes away from the Labour candidates (Jeane Lepper, Pat Hawkes and Christine Simpson) to allow one Tory through the middle. If this was to be the case, then it would be Christine Simpson who would lose out (little known and disadvantaged by the order on the ballot paper) and Momma Grizzly would emerge victorious given that she would be the Tory at the top of the ballot paper (the other Tories being Robert Labs and Patrick Loewe). However, I really don’t think that scenario will be played out. If there is to be a split result, it will be Sven Rufus and Jeane Lepper elected, and choose one other from several.
Dan Wilson is convinced that the electorate won’t be fooled by the 1% cut in Council Tax. They are, he says, smarter than Mary Mears or I give them credit for. However, he thinks that the cost of parking permits may be more successful: “I think if you want to compare the Mearcon to a masterplan, looking at her move on resident parking is more persuasive. That’s clever, attractive to many and also brassy in its cynicism. Straw poll today and last evening is that a 1% decrease is of little interest. Plenty of people, however, are concerned about libraries, BrightStart and all manner of things.” Christopher Hawtree agrees with Dan: “I have never heard anybody voice a particular objection to the Council tax.” I think you are both probably right, but the 1% cut will have the effect of galvanizing Tory activists who seem excited by this measure. I guess they need to be excited about something as the Big Society doesn’t quite seem to have motivated the troops.
Steampunk accuses me of attempting to ”stir things ups amongst the opposition” which he says “are a distraction just now.” Regarding the cuts he says “As you well know, the Conservative led council are implementing an ‘intelligent decomissioning’ process (conveniently timetabled to start after the election!) to decide which services to stop providing entirely and which ones to outsource to the lowest bidder. The budget proposal explains that these upcoming cuts won’t take full effect until the next financial year 2012/13 so the 250 jobs about to go are just the tip of the iceberg. The ‘intelligent’ part is the device by which every council service comes to be commissioned, either from the public sector, profit-motivated private sector or the voluntary sector (crippled by grant cuts despite warm words about the ‘big society’, and the empty invitation just a smoke screen for privatisation) – meaning that future job cuts will be dissembled.” I agree with much of what Punky has said. As for stirring things up in the opposition, that is not my intention, but I see little evidence of Labour being willing and able to work with the Greens.
Clive applauds Steampunks analysis, but has no kind work for your humble Blogger: “Remarkable that the BPB regards all this with chuckling indulgence, while still finding space to heap more abuse on Paul Elgood. If he isn’t Roy Pennington he might be Reg Prentice.” Well, Clive, sometimes you have to laugh or else you’d cry. I don’t mean to belittle what is happening to local government, the voluntary sector, the NHS, education, etc. etc. Reg Prentice? Ouch! As for Paul Elgood, can’t a boy/girl just have a little bit of fun. What do others think? Should I lay off Paul Elgood and the Lib Dems? Your choice. I could either ignore them completely for the relevance they are, or should I continue to make reference to their slow, well deserved demise?
On the Reg Prentice front, I have attracted support from an East Brighton Tory candidate, Peter Booth, who is determined to ruin my street credibility! He writes that he fully agrees with my view that it will be great when it is no longer necessary to mention the sexual orientation of candidates. He writes: “The combined ‘left’ just do not see that this is not an issue anymore (well not in our party). Try NOT to live in the past. After all there are more openly gay Conservative MP’s than all other parties put together. For the record and before the criticisms start – 100% of the Conservative candidates standing in East Brighton are openly gay.”
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