In 2010 we wrote an article where we stated that
“one might be forgiven for thinking that if some of the local parties had their way they would be prepared to select a monkey to stand in Southall if they thought the people would vote for him or her.”
It seems that nothing has changed going by correspondence we have received from some residents of Southall. It is not only shocking, but also sad to observe the depth to which the standard of politics has sunk – we are tempted to go further and say that a monkey might actually do a better job than some of the current councillors in office.
In case you think we are scaremongering, here is an email response from one Southall councillor to some perfectly reasonable enquiries made by a resident in his/her ward
“[name],Thanks for your e-mail.better you contact to southall green ward councillors because that area comes in their ward,but i am agree with this proposal .its not fair to open late night.
We have verified that the above is a correspondence reproduced exactly as received from the Southall councillor, with the grammar and punctuation unchanged. This is just one examples of many such shocking replies being received from Southall councillors.
As stated in our earlier article, surely it is not unreasonable to expect that our councillors are able to read, write and speak English to a good level, and to be proficient in the use of Information Technology? Most sane people would consider this to be a minimum requirement for anybody considering standing for election as a councillor. It is fair to conclude that Labour does not care, has no procedures in place to ensure that it only puts forward candidates that have the ability to represent their ward to a high standard. We are forced to repeat that “ ‘dirty politics’ may be an apt phrase to describe the workings of local politics within Ealing’s political parties – the will to power is far greater than the will to serve.”
With the election looming, the sheep-mentality party activists will be out in force pulling the wool over people’s eyes with handshakes and beaming faces. The rhetoric on doorsteps and at places of worship will be unashamedly self-serving and disingenuous.