How to Politicise Anything by Ipswich Labour

Here Ipswich Borough Council Conservative Group Leader, Nadia Cenci informs us

Let me tell you a little story. One which once again highlights how Ipswich labour operate and how they can litter their PR with untruths at the drop of the hat.

But not only this, this little example shows you how much they don’t care about the residents unless it’s going to get them votes.

I received a call from a resident in Bridge Ward Ipswich – not my ward but as leader of the Conservative group he decided to start with me.

He told me that roadworks in Maidenhall Area along the approach into Prince of Wales Drive meant that there appeared to be no buses. Neither had any of the residents received notification to say one way or another so he took it upon himself to call Suffolk County Council, who told him that they had been given assurances that Ipswich Buses would be going through.

He then called Ipswich Buses who told him that this was incorrect and no buses would be going through these roads between 9am and 4pm but that this was SCC responsibility to tell residents.

No says SCC – it’s Ipswich Buses route and they should – which is actually the obvious correct answer as they made the decision not to let the buses drive through between those hours.

My source was making these conversations within earshot of a Bridge ward labour councillor in a community shop and asked the councillor, who will remain nameless but it wasn’t Smart, Rudkin, or Gardiner, and all he could do was shrug his shoulders and confirmed there wasn’t a lot he would do.

My source then got onto Bryony Rudkin because old people were waiting at bus stops for a bus that wouldn’t be coming and she duly replied that the matter had been passed to someone else.

You’re about to see a notice, put together in haste, according to my source, by councillor John Cook, who will never miss an opportunity to let the truth get in the way of a good political story that might get some votes.

This was their action, with intention to put them up at the bus stops only to find that Ipswich Buses got there first with a more professional notification.


The next thing my resident knows is that this is showing in the shop window of the community shop, which is supposed to remain totally neutral and of course, has since taken it down.

The message is actually totally inaccurate on more than one count and the following is quoted from a final e-mail sent by my source to the labour group, in reply to theirs, which, unsurprisingly has not received a reply:

1) One of your councillors was indeed aware early yesterday afternoon that this was an issue but when I asked for his help he declined. He could have raise this at a much earlier stage.
2) Indeed it would’ve been necessary to identify who had placed the notices – however the tone of the notice was blatantly partisan and sought to blame Suffolk county Council because they are Conservative run, even though the fault appeared to lie with Ipswich Buses
3) I am surprised that you are glad that the MRA displayed this sign since I would’ve thought that you would be aware that local community groups have to be apolitical as per their constitutions
4) If you believe the notice will not make any difference to voting intentions why was it worded in such a blatantly partisan way
5) it seems to me that more care should be taken in future when wording notices intended for public display for the benefit of the community.

so that’s how you do it – blame Suffolk county council for everything you possibly can and don#t worry about how accurate, ethical or frustrating it is for our residents.

I’d rather lose an election than behave in this way – but I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you think.
As the resident said – he did all the hard work on behalf of his neighbourhood and was left furious.

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Question for Ipswich Labour

As the SCC consultation on children’s centres is being lead by Labour MP Frank Field, how are you going to word your literature threatening the electorate with imminent closures if they don’t vote Labour?

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British Imams condemn ISIS

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Save Meredith Children’s Centre

I have written to the County Councillor responsible for children’s services, Gordon Jones. I reprint what I said below

Ipswich Labour often say that the County Tories don’t understand Ipswich and though I disagree with Ipswich Labour, the proposal to close the Meredith Children’s Centre and move the children to the Wellington Centre would indicate that there is some truth in their claim.

As someone who was brought up in North Ipswich and who knows a lot of people who live in North Ipswich, I know the area well and I believe that moving the facilities provided at the Meredith Children’s Centre to the Wellington Centre is as ridiculous as moving them to Claydon. The Wellington Centre provides for an entirely different community than the Meredith Centre to the point where amalgamating the two makes no sense. People are not going to walk a mile and a half down Norwich Road from Meredith Road to Chevallier Street.

I also find the proposal of merging Quayside with Chatterbox nonsensical. The fastest growing area of town is the docks.

The proposals are in nobodies interests. If followed through, they would be detrimental to local communities and the savings would be minuscule.

I await his response.

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Dynastic Socialism

From here.

How else to explain the news that Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony, has been selected as its candidate in Croydon South? If she wins, she will be the fifth generation of her family to serve in the House of Commons.

The Wedgwood Benns may be the most long-standing (and aristocratic) of Labour dynasties, but they are far from the only one. Stephen Kinnock, son of former leader Neil and husband of the Danish prime minister, will fight the safe seat of Aberavon in South Wales in 2015. Will Straw, son of Jack, is the candidate in Rossendale and Darwen. Other scions of Labour grandees waiting in the wings are Euan Blair, rumoured to be circling Coventry North West, and Joe Dromey, son of MPs Jack Dromey and Harriet Harman, who is said to be interested in Lewisham Deptford.

In Ipswich we have the Rosses, the Cooks, the Smarts, the Maguires and others. Family ties are important to Socialists. Look at North Korea for example.

The article ends

Still, thanks to the rise of Ukip, the days when Labour could take its working-class support for granted, regardless of how privileged its leaders were, may be coming to an end. If I were Chris Philp, the state-educated Tory candidate in Croydon South, I’d be quite pleased that my Labour opponent is the Hon Emily Wedgwood Benn, daughter of the third Viscount Stansgate. Perhaps he could even play the class card himself.


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David Ellesmere’s latest

Last week the county council agreed to a consultation on the future of Children’s Centres across the county. Labour voted against the consultation, after all, what do the public know anyway? It’s better to keep the public out and let the elite make all the decisions. But this hasn’t stopped Captain Mainwaring from calling on people to respond to that consultation to stop various proposed closures

Though I personally believe that the county council’s decision to close Meredith Road and Quayside Children’s Centres is wrong as well as ridiculous I also understand that Mr Ellesmere is merely political point scoring.

Mr Ellesmere siad this

Instead of one centre providing a comprehensive range of services, the ones that are still being provided are now run out of libraries and draughty church halls.”

This is interesting because he is saying this in an article where he claims to have been proved right. He also said Rosehill Library was going to close but it is certainly still open.

But this is what he said that has really got my goat

“The proposals for Ipswich are a disgrace. Meredith and Quayside children’s centres – located in two of the most deprived wards in the borough

As someone who was brought up in Whitton Ward, I find that both offensive and patronising. But of course as Whitton Ward is outside where he wants to be MP, he probably thinks it doesn’t matter. Also after 13 years of Labour government, why is it deprived?

Though I agree with Captain Mainwaring in part when he says

The children’s centres they are being ‘merged’ with are at least half an hour’s walk away. The families who need these services most will find them even harder to access.

I agree in part because there is no way a parent with a toddler is going manage to walk one and a half miles in half an hour. Maybe Ipswich Labour can reduce bus fares to help. But Ipswich Labour only want to help themselves so they won’t.

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Well said Chris Macfarlane‎

Economic Cycles and the ignorance of basic economics.

An Economic cycle generally lasts three to five years, to put it layman’s terms its lie a huge liner at full speed, you change the crew but it takes a long time to bring the liner to a stop and change direction.

In 1979 Thatcher inherited an economy heading into the deepest
recession since the great depression, unemployment and inflation was soaring, industries hit the hardest were the old nationalised overmanned monsters, the Consett Steel works in Corby was due to close in 1978 but reprieved by Labour because an election was due, the gullible blamed Thatcher for Labours mess

In 1997 following a World recession, Labour inherited a booming econony with a balanced budget racing into surplus, this allowed Labour along with its £35 Billion sale of Cellphone licences and its raids on Pensions, savings, investments and 200 other stealth taxes to pay down a small portion of the debt but by 2001 the Private sector was in recession under the burden of Labours taxes and Labour began to borrow and increase the money supply fueling the housing and credit boom that bought about the biggest bust in our history, not content with that they still continued borrowing, in the last year it quadrupled to a staggering 25% of all public spending, this is what the Coalition INHERITED and who did the gullibles blame for the austerity measures to sort out Labours economic mess.
Its time Economics was taught at School along with Labours 100% record of bringing the UK economy to its knees.

I can’t express or state the depth of how much I hate and detest that party.

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