Scott Digby trying (and failing) to convince us he is local to Brighton Pavilion

Scott Digby just doesn’t get it. Clearly he is concerned that he may be (actually, will be) seen as a candidate parachuting into Brighton Pavilion. My post last night Scott Digby: A here today, gone tomorrow politician pointed out how he is exposing himself as so unlocal by commenting so badly on Brighton.

Today he has posted two articles on his blog that compound his insensitivity and shows why, inspite of his clear ability, hard work, and real nice-guy image (for which I can vouch), he is not suited to be the candidate in Brighton Pavilion.

In one post he comments on “how many people make Brighton and Hove their home – a whole city of newcomers it seems”. He has disregarded the majority of residents who were actually born here, but then he is not mixing with them, spending as he does most of his time at Bill’s, in the Lanes, and with the local Conservative Association. “With so many newcomers whether you have been here a year or a month it seems you are in good company”. Dig, Digby, dig.

In a second post he puts his finger on one of the most pressing issues for Brighton and Hove – property prices. “The issue of rising houses prices which despite the recent economic climate have increased nationwide by 1.2% in October (the sixth consecutive rise) are really hitting city workers in Brighton and Hove. With the average wage in the city around £21,000 a year, the average city house price bucks the trend at £268,000 compared to an average national level of £199,303”. This is good but shows a lack of touch with reality when promoting a scheme in the London Borough of Hillingdon where he is a councillor.

One major cause of property prices in Brighton being as high as they are is the number of people moving from London to Brighton. Demand for Brighton properties by those currently owning homes in London, resulting in the higher than average property prices locally, is one reason why so many local people can’t afford to buy here. Mary Mears, Tory leader of the Council understands this.

I wonder how she feels about a Londoner, who optimistically claims to qualify as being local (“the time I have spent in Brighton since 2001 probably qualifies me as equally local, on the ground pretty much 4 days a week at present and before the selection opened I was working down here on events”), moving to Brighton from London with the hope of taking the prize of Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion.

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3 Responses

  1. Dig, Digby, dig.
    I so hope he’s selected, because that’s such a good heckle.

  2. Is Caroline Lucas local to the area? How much time does she spend speaking to people in Brighton, as opposed to wasting taxpayers’ money in Brussels or Strasbourg?

    If she was so committed to being the local MP, why didn’t she stand down from being an MEP i.e. not hedge her bets, and spend a year campaigning to become the local MP? She has shot herself in the foot, running off to continue getting a fat MEP’s salary, and not being here to campaign. Does she not expect to win?

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