Let the phoney war end

The election casmpaigns in Brighton Pavilion, Brighton Kemptown and Hove feel a bit of a phoney war.  The vrious candidates are buzzing around like busy bees, but aren’t yet saying “vote for me, I am wonderful” or words to that effect.

We have seen big names coming to Brighton – David Milliband for Labour, Chris Grayling for the Conservatives, and for the Lib Dems , err, umm, nobody – a sign of the priority they are giving to the City.

The Greens, of course, don’t need to bring down their big guns since their biggest gun (surely n inappropriate reference to a party of peace – Ed) is Brighton Pavilion’s own Caroline Lucas.  Her appearances on Question Time and Straight Talk consolidate her reputation as one of the country’s most engaging, open and honest political leaders.

This blog was wrong when it warned that her position as Leader of the Greens would undermine her campaign.  Quite to opposite is true. The mannr by which she conducts herself and how she combines the roles of MEP, party leader and constituency candidate, has removed any doubt that I might have had about her.

The last few days has seen the usual pre-election activity, and all three candidates are aquitting themselves well, although Charlotte Vere seems more obsessed by Caroline Lucas than she is by her own campign!

Just wait for a week or so, once Gordon Brown goes to the Palace (6th April?), you can expect to be knee deep in candidates, canvassers, leaflets, posters, and national politicians.  What joy!  Who knows, you might even see a Lib Dem.

2 Responses

  1. Dear Baps,

    Not obsessed with Caroline Lucas at all – more shocked at Green Party policies and my concern that many people who intend to vote Green don’t know what they are voting for.

    Greens would increase the tax burden by 9% of GDP or £150bn – that’s an extra £3,000 per household! Even if you assume it is paid by the richest 10% that is £30,000 per household and the richest 10% is everyone earning over about £45,000 – that’s Deputy Heads and senior nurses – hardly high rollers! The economics don’t work.

    And take pensioners – the poorest pensioners would receive a significant hike in their pensions but funded by scrapping pension tax credits for less well off pensioners. Plus there would be no tax relief on pension contributions destroying the pensions industry and causing the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. It just doesn’t add up.

    I could go on. I won’t, as I am off to Hollingbury to do some delivery.

    Best wishes,

    Charlotte Vere

  2. To find out how people view policies visit http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ where over 7,000 visitors have viewed and voted for party policies rather than parties. The Greens have – by far – the most popular policies and the conservatives are (currently) just one point above the BNP.

    It’s either quite patronising, a bit insulting or an indication of her naivety that Charlotte Vere thinks that the green voters in Brighton Pavillion don’t know what they have voted for in a succession of elections over the past decade.

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