Dodgy Denis

Margaret Borton is the sitting councillor in Victoria ward and she is defending her seat on May 22nd. She rightly uses ‘re-elect’ in her literature.

Here is how the dictionary defines re-elect:

• re-appoint, re-select, pick again, choose again, vote in again
• to elect (a person, political party, etc) to an official post for a further term

She is the only person who can properly request re-election in Victoria, and thus it is improper that Denis Garne also uses this term.

Denis Garne was defeated as the sitting councillor for Kursaal ward in 2008, some six years ago. To ask to be re-elected is dishonest. He was never a Victoria councillor, and he is not defending his seat this time.

Labour has five ex-councillors in its team this year, four of whom have been councillors in Southend-on-Sea (Reg Copley, Jane Norman, Kevin Robinson, and Mike Royston). None are asking to be re-elected; they are asking to be ‘elected’.

Incumbency is an important electoral asset, and to masquerade as the incumbent in this way is an attempt to cheat the electorate.

Denis also describes himself as local which within the context of the borough he is not – he lives in Shoeburyness. One wonders what he is about to claim next.

Denis’s conversion from socialism to Tory has raised a few eyebrows locally; his dishonesty as regards to re-election has angered some residents.

Deceiving, dishonest, desperate – take your pick. Are things so desperate in the Conservative camp in Southend-on-Sea that they have to revert to con tricks?

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One Response to Dodgy Denis

  1. Are things so desperate in the Conservative camp in Southend-on-Sea that they have to revert to con tricks?

    Depends on your definition of “Con”?

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