Doorstep Brighton 12: Being Grizzly in Coldean, a Lib Dem in Hove, and Ice Cold is Alex

In Hollingdean and Stanmer,” lots of friendly Conservatives” have been out in Coldean, cross city support for Rachael ‘Momma Grizzly’ Bates and her anonymous fellow candidates.  What defines “lots” in this context? And was this endangered species spotted by any of my spies? Rachel reports on Twitter that there had been “a fantastic response on the doorstep in Coldean”. Does that translate to ‘unharmed’?

Momma Grizzly is faced with somewhat of a problem: loyalty to her employer, Hove MP Mike Weatherley or the residents of the Brighton ward she seeks to represent on the City Council. Campaigning Mike, who on and off describes himself as the MP for Portslade, wants to the Royal Mail to drop ‘Brighton’ from the postal address for Portslade.  A nice populist move, Mike, but what should Grizzly do: follow the Weatherley “we don’t like you and we don’t care” approach and offend her H&S voters, or recognising that Portslade (and Hove actually) are now part of Greater Brighton.

In Goldsmid, Alex Phillips and her Green colleagues have had a ‘bike action’ day around The Drive and Cromwell Road.  A hardy bunch are Goldsmid Greens, out “come rain or shine”. This commitment is a challenge to Rob Buckwell and the other Goldsmid Estate Agents who cannot think beyond council tax cuts.

Rebecca Taylor is a brave one, a candidate who has ‘come out’ as a Lib Dem. Rebecca Taylor says on Twitter that she is “running for a seat on Brighton and Hove Council In May 2011 (representing Hove)”. The whole of Hove? I think she means Central Hove. She has little chance of success if her Twitter account (@rtaylorhove) is anything to go by – she has just 9 followers!  Beccy, forget the Lib Dems, if you are serious about becoming a councillor, join the Greens.

And finally, in Regency, Jason Bull writes: “I received a handwritten Christmas card from the LibDem candidates. Nothing from them since. Nothing from Labour. Can’t find out the names of the Conservative candidates. A female representative of the Green Party buzzed my flat intercom and asked if she could come in. I am a gay man and I was engaged in a sexual encounter at the time. I said ‘no.’ She persisted. I said, very firmly ‘no’, turned off my intercom and got back down to business.” How very dare you, Jason.

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5 Responses

  1. The last part of this item continues a theme. Last week, as the Blogger reported, I encountered on a doorstep a naked woman who said, “oh, I was expecting someboidy else”. Today I heard on the midday Drive bike-in that in mid-morning Brunswick a canvasser found a woman in a negligée, and in the background were others similarly attired.It makes you wonder how anybody in Brighton and Hove finds time to vote.

    Meanwhile, a question has gone unaddressed in this campaign. The Simon Fanshawe Problem. If on the sixth day it comes to pass that the current opposition parties have to form some agreements, how much slack will be granted Labour’s behind-the-scenes Mr Big?

    I cannot believe that anybody would relish the prospect of his domineering and snide approach.

    • I’m kind of hoping you abandoned your theme after the first paragraph.

      Or does trepidation of Fanshawe’s “domineering approach” imply that, given a close result in May, there will need to be some rough and tumble between the sheets (besides behind smoke filled doors) to determine who comes out on top? How much slack does Mr Big need exactly? I can’t speak for Simon Fanshawe but I can’t imagine Bill Randall will be thrilled at this prospect.

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by rachaelbatesuk, BrightonPoliticsBlog. BrightonPoliticsBlog said: Doorstep Brighton 12: Being Grizzly in Coldean, a Lib Dem in Hove, and Ice Cold is Alex http://wp.me/pxVNs-nx […]

  3. Changing the subject!

    A video of today’s bike action event is now up on flickr:

    Save Hove Cycle Lanes!

    Thanks to Claire for documenting it, ace work by Alex & Ian mobilising the petition and protest so quickly

  4. You are right to point out that bringing council tax down is important to us. However, you are wrong to say that I “cannot think beyond council tax cuts”. We have many other important issues which we are campaigning on. If you are lucky enough to live in Goldsmid, you will have received or soon receive our leaflet outling some of these. Of course, if you don’t…

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