Something bugging them?
Labour’s newly selected by-election candidate for Croydon North is clearly not very confident about his victory chances. Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed has announced that he will not resign his position unless he wins the nearby seat. The hard-working people of Lambeth will be paying for Reed to campaign for the Labour Party rather than representing them.
Then again, anyone who has ever come across Steve and his work will know that campaigning for Labour rather than representing the people has always been his mantra – not least with his poster campaign against government cuts that was paid for at the expense of other local services. Facile largire de alieno…
The Tories are always denying that UKIP are a threat, but once again the cat has been let out of the bag. Over in Maidenhead they have suffered an embarrassing council by-election defeat at the hands of their LibDem counterparts. Simon Werner beat his blue opponent Catherine Hollingsworth by a grand total of eight votes, as the UKIP candidate took dozens of votes away from the Tories. Council leader David Burbage in no doubt as to who is to blame:
“It is unfortunate that, largely thanks to UKIP, the residents of Pinkneys Green have missed out from electing a very effective councillor in Catherine Hollingsworth. The last thing that people who voted UKIP would have wanted would be a boost to the pro-EU Lib Dems.”
Fast forward to 2015 and we could be seeing a similar thing on a much larger scale…
Guido will forever be perplexed by the inner workings of the LibDem mind. Down in Brighton they are taking their defeatism to a whole new level by telling residents not to vote for their party’s candidate in next week’s PCC elections. In a letter sent to LibDem members, the chair and vice chair of Brighton and Hove LibDems – Brian Stone and Simon Doyle, explain:
“We find ourselves in an unusual position. As experienced campaigners who have worked for LibDem candidates at various elections and over many years, we are asking you not to vote for a LibDem candidate for the post of elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.”
Instead of backing the LibDem, party members are being instructed to cast their ballot for ‘RON’, re-opening nominations and keeping the PPC post free from party politics. They really don’t get this whole winning elections thing, do they…
UPDATE: LibDem sources point out that the leaflet is from the internal election to select a candidate.
Increasingly isolated NUJ boss Michelle Stanistreet has unilaterally announced the union’s support for state regulation of the press. Somewhat unbelievably not asking members first, Stanistreet blustered:
“We believe that if we are to achieve independent, accountable regulation it needs to be underpinned by statute enabling a framework for a new body to be established with clear terms of reference and a structure that involves journalists and civil society as key stakeholders.”
Just who are the “we” she was speaking for remains unclear.[…]
Bonkers Eurocrats in Brussels are going on strike over “cuts” to the EU Budget. The European Federation of Public Service Unions is calling for EU staff to walk out on Thursday due to what they claim is austerity, or what members of the reality based community would call €1 billion in efficiency savings.[…]
Leveson-defenders and tabloid-bashers alike have jumped at the opportunity to attack the tabloids over their failure to expose the crimes committed by Jimmy Savile. “Why didn’t the tabloids nail him?” moaned Sir Michael White, with Roy Greenslade on hand to kick the redtops for having the nerve to attack the BBC.[…]
MPs’ future career prospects and celebrity shows do not normally go hand-in-hand. (See Galloway, G. Opik, L.) Sitting MPs with a high chance of being re-elected should be especially wary. However that has not stopped Nadine apparently signing up for I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.[…]