Negativity, or honesty?
September 17, 2013 3 Comments
Mark Sharp, Independent candidate for Milton ward next year, has accused me of negativity – I prefer to think that I am shining a light into the reality of his campaign. Of course, as a democratic socialist, anyone and everyone is allowed to seek to represent the people, but it is beholden on them to be honest, and I wonder just how honest Mr Sharp is prepared to be.
(I note that Mark has also hijacked the Save Our Cliffs Facebook group for his own political purposes.)
Mark objects to my describing SKIPP as undemocratic, yet it seems to me that his position is self-appointed. In contrast, every position I have in the Labour and Cooperative parties are ones that have come my way through election. He claims I am on a gravy train, which shows his complete ignorance of my personal circumstances. To fully enable myself to become involved in local politics I embarked on a lifestyle change that involved changing jobs (taking a huge cut in the pay to do so) and downsized property; this seems the very reverse of seeking the gravy train. Mr Sharp should be aware that for some an MP’s salary is not a financial step up.
I am personally ambitious and I have never hid this. I also hope to have integrity and my many campaigns have often been fought in unfriendly territory. I have not chosen to seek winnable seats, preferring to advance the causes I believe in in and near to my lifelong home. I sit on the council by virtue of winning in a previously safe Tory ward, not by ingratiating myself in a safe Labour seat.
Mark is proud of his SKIPP connections; I am pleased to have supported a number of their campaigns. I do not support their love affair with the Independent Group, not least because it is predicated on a mistruth.
Quite how Mark is now a representative of the Milton Ward Community Group perplexes me; who are they, when do they meet, how was he chosen?
He comments on my absence from the Milton Neighbourhood Meeting. Had he turned up on time he would have heard my apologies being given; I was at a council meeting and have not yet mastered the art of being in two places at once.
I can do no better than to quote the Labour politician, Tony Benn: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you?
I repeat that I am elected into all the positions I hold – can Mark Sharp make the same claim?