skipped this evening’s Cabinet meeting in favour of attending the UKIP meeting
where they had promised their local election manifesto was to be launched - and
it was. The meeting was ‘standing room only’ and next time they are going to
have to hire a bigger venue. A camera crew working for Austrian TV will have
found their style severely cramped.
The official programme was for three local candidates to address the meeting followed by European election candidate Paul Oakley who would tackle the wider issues. Some of the local candidates were quite amusing which might brighten up council meetings should they be elected. Enthusiasm was such that a couple more candidates gave impromptu speeches, notably, former Labour deputy mayor Harbans Singh Buttar.
Chris Attard, the Lenses ward candidate drew attention to my presence and thanked me for keeping Bexley council on their toes but in doing so ensured I was collared by all and sundry when the meeting ended which partly explains the very late arrival of this blog.
But back to the real purpose of this bucket of midnight oil, the Bexley UKIP manifesto is reproduced here. I was hoping to learn which way UKIP would jump over the Thames crossing proposals, but they have taken the democratic route. A local referendum. Well it’s better than having Gareth Bacon and Teresa O’Neill invoking dictatorial nimbyism.