Ipswich Labour have a new favourite quote mine. Quote mining is a logical fallacy and a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning. Ipswich Labour have quote mined Ben Gummer’s statement where he used the phrase ‘vanity project’ Interestingly this was after Ipswich Labour’s literature department based in Lower Brook Street, did it first but Ipswich Labour have really gone to town with it.
Then as Gavin Maclure reported here, the author of the dRoss Blog tweeted this
Alasdair Ross @AlasdairRoss 20 Jun 12
Good that Ipswich Tories seem to be supporting our council house building, pity their MP @ben4ipswich calls it a vanity project
Then Ben Gummer put the quote in context with this
Ben Gummer @ben4ipswich
@AlasdairRoss be careful Alasdair – I said it is important it does not become a vanity project. The proof will be in the building.
Ben Gummer has a good point because we all know that Ipswich Labour hate Housing Associations and believe that councils should house everybody in council houses as part of their all embracing socialist nanny state.
Now Aleksandr Orlov has decided to ignore what Mr Gummer tweeted to him and confuse the electorate on the dRoss Blog in his latest My Week Ahead post here where he says
Last week it was good to be holding a Full Council meeting back in the Ipswich Town Hall, a number of questions from opposition councillors. In hindsight they may need to discuss their questions with their MP first as still not sure if they are supporting our plan to build council houses or against it ( or sitting on the fence).
I reported here that Richard Pope said that he had asked officers if he could build council houses when he had been the portfolio holder, but was told that he couldn’t due to the Labour government pick pocketing £6 million from Ipswich Borough council a year and Ben Gummer has clarified his position which can be read here saying
Frankly, I do not care who builds these new houses, just that they are decent and come as quickly as possible. It would be a crying shame if our Borough, for its own prestige, chose to build a few council houses itself when far more could have been put up by housing associations in much less time. If they prove me wrong, I’ll be the first to congratulate them. The proof, however, will be in the building.
The statements by both Councillor Pope and Ben Gummer MP show the author of the dRoss Blog is merely trying to confuse the electorate with the original quote mine.