Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

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So, here we have it: my Labour opponent in the General Election, Matt Pennycook, has resigned his seat on the council – 52 days before an election he is evidently supremely confident of winning.  There will now be a by-election to replace him in Greenwich West ward on the same day as the General Election, 7th May. Continue reading Labour candidate resigns to spend more time with his confidence

Would you call this democracy?

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I’m just about to enter my 15th (and final, one way or another!) campaigning month as a candidate for Coldharbour & New Eltham ward in the local elections – in which I’m also the Election Agent for all of our 51 Conservative candidates in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Both roles have kept me, alas, away from this parish – but I’ve been moved to revisit the blog to share a sorry tale from nextdoor Bexley, that I think deserves a wider airing. Continue reading Would you call this democracy?

If the Labour Party really wants to help tackle the cost of living, it needs to reach for the F-word

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.

This year, the summer months might defy the trend and be remembered for more than the usual silly season stories.  The steady drip of encouraging – even exciting –  news on the economy in the last few weeks has brought with it signs of a welcome burst of optimism about the future.

With growth up (and spreading to the regions), house prices climbing and unemployment continuing to fall, Labour’s economic critique is being taken apart piece by piece (“its hurting but it isn’t working”, anyone?) – which explains their recent attempts to shift the terms of debate to the cost of living.  YouGov’s Peter Kellner puts it eloquently today – the 2015 General Election is turning into a clash between two big economic narratives: “national cheer” vs “personal pain”. Continue reading If the Labour Party really wants to help tackle the cost of living, it needs to reach for the F-word