March 19, 2015 2 Comments
There is so much spinning going on in Southend Conservative circles that I fear some will end up quite dizzy. Whilst I realise that they feel impelled to leap on anything that resembles success, I would have hoped that a little more honesty would have been employed when doing so.
They have claimed victory in regards to the keeping open of the borough’s toilets. Whilst I am glad they backed my arguments, and I am happy to applaud them for doing this, this really is a victory for my reasoned powers of persuasion and not their off-stage whining.
The same goes for the collection of textile waste. I urged that the collection be retained, and I am grateful to the portfolio holder for listening and acceding to my urging. Another victory for this Labour Milton councillor. If the Conservatives locally wish to laud this as a victory for them then I am generous enough to share – but to make out that they led on this and achieved this concession alone is simply untrue.
The current Conservative Group on Southend-on-Sea’s Council are the inheritors of a miserable record, and the people have passed judgement. They are desperate in many ways, and their Spin Machine is attempting to pull rabbits from hats. I warn voters to not be fooled; the bad old Tories are still there.
The one piece of the puzzle that is definitely missing from the overly-spun Conservative narrative is why any cuts are necessary at all. Little wonder their literature makes almost no reference to their Government and what it is doing – they cannot spin enough to make that at all presentable.