Gavin Maclure's Musings

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Lose or win, politicians always say Thank You

The default Thank You leaflets, post the local elections in May, have landed on my doorstep in the last few weeks from Labour and the Conservatives. Guess the Liberal Democrats aren’t very thankful.

The most noticeable thing from the Labour Thank You is Labour Ipswich parliamentary candidate David Ellesmere has muscled in on the local Holywells leaflet. A bit strange since his party’s candidate lost in Holywells. I guess the old adage that “all publicity is good publicity” has been taken on-board at Silent Street.

The leaflet also plugs serial public money spender Jane Basham, who will be Labour’s candidate for the new Police and Crime Commissioner post in the November elections.

Labour are also eyeing up the County Elections next year. With the way the votes fell in the Borough elections, they do have a good chance of mopping up a number of Tory-held seats in Ipswich. With the rise of UKIP in the shires, it could turn out to be a very interesting election in May.

The Conservative Thank You actually focuses on the candidate who won, Pam Stewart. I like that the Tories are focusing on my pet issue, that of the unpaved dirt track between Gladstone Road and Foxhall Road which my Committee approved for paving nearly three years ago. I hope new Cllr Pam Stewart will keep the pressure on officers from within Grafton House. This blog certainly will be from outside once the new consultation deadline expires on 29th June.

There is a strange piece on the back-page which highlights the low turnout in Holywells Ward. It comes across as if the Conservatives are telling the electorate off for not voting! As in “tut, tut, why didn’t you vote?”  I’m not sure that is the best way of enticing people to the polling station. Also, if a party is to encourage postal voting, the best thing is to ask them to contact the party for a form not ask them to visit a website with no address!

There is no promotion for the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner post as the Tories are yet to select their Suffolk candidate.

Both Labour and the Conservatives make good use of their leaflets to drum up membership and activist support. The Conservatives seem to have multiple addresses with 24 Salisbury Road being used as a postbox for Holywells mail, the imprint (i.e. legal address) being in Valley Road and the MP’s address being in Fore Street. I understand the reasoning when you rely on volunteers and don’t have a full-time agent, but it’s still a bit confusing to a lay-man. Meanwhile, Labour have one address: their Silent Street office in town.

For my fellow political geeks, I’ve uploaded both leaflets to here and here.