ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Croydon’s Tories seem confused about the home address of one of their local election candidates, while another has previously campaigned for more spending on police and youth facilities, when he was a LibDem parliamentary election candidate.
WALTER CRONXITE reports
It is a common theme among voters that they are not certain whether they can believe anything that the politicians say.
Ahead of the May 3 Town Hall elections, some candidates seeking election in the Tory “target ward” of Addiscombe East seem to have particular credibility issues, since they themselves didn’t necessarily always believe what they have been saying lately either.
The Conservative candidates in Addiscombe East have both previously stood for election for other political parties. Not that any of that has got a mention in their campaign so far.
Given that estate agents are commonly regarded as no more trustworthy than politicians (or journalists), Joseph Lee may discover that the final two weeks of the campaign are a bit of a struggle to find anyone to believe him at all.
Lee is one of those thrusting young Tory activists who for the past few months has been tabling pretty lame questions to Town Hall meetings, and using the occasion to show off his oratorical skills (or lack of them) in the chamber. When he’s not been trying to show how clever he is, Lee’s been relentless in posting selfies or photos of rubbish bags on social media. For these are the sine qua non activities for the wannabe local politician, taken straight from the Barwell playbook of campaigning.
It has now emerged that before he moved to Croydon to become a “local property expert” with Purple Bricks, Lee was a thrusting even younger LibDem activist who in 2010 stood for that party as the parliamentary candidate in Greenwich and Woolwich.
Back then, Lee said that he wanted to “push for a higher level of policing throughout the constituency, this is a key issue when I am on the door step, people are becoming frustrated by a lack of police on the beat”.
Fast-forward eight years, and now wearing a blue rosette, Lee finds himself representing the party which has axed 20,000 police officer jobs across the country and closed all but one of Croydon’s police stations, while trying to deny that that has had anything to do with soaring crime rates. Wonder whether the message he has been getting on the door step in Addiscombe reflects that?
Judging by the reactions of those who read Lee’s badly written pitch for their votes in 2010, he was not altogether convincing.