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Bonkers Blog March 2014

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17 March - Rewriting history

Tax increasesThere is nothing new to read here to today but there are a few additions to local election related websites which may keep you amused.

The Tories continue to thrash Labour with their 17·5% council tax increase eleven years ago (click image to visit their website) but contrive to change history in their favour too. The historical figures on the GLA website show increases of 17·5% (2003), 7·5%, 4·9%, 5·8% (Labour) and 3·5%, 2·8% and 2·0% (2009) Conservative.

Notice how Labour’s rises are exaggerated and the Conservatives are craftily reduced. They put up taxes by 0.08% in 2010 too - not even mentioned. Are Tories careless or dishonest? Maybe it is both.

Their website quotes Labour councillor Munir Malik… “if elected in May, Labour will present voters with two choices, municipal bankruptcy or a 40 per cent council tax hike.” and attribute those remarks to a News Shopper report on 25th October 2013. If you take a look you will see their date research is no better than their percentages.

The UKIP site has added three more candidate profiles since I last looked and there are now six in total.
Blackfen & Lamorbey : Lynn Smith
Barnehurst : Mike Ferro
Belvedere : Catherine Reilly
Brampton : John Dunford
Falconwood & Welling : Pamela Perrin
Lesnes Abbey : Chris Attard

Lesnes Conservatives have profiles on their Action Team. They mean prospective candidates but not declaring them as such means that no one has to check on their expenses.

There’s an extra page at Bexley Action Group which looks a bit familiar to me but Labour seem to have turned their back on websites. Some activity on Twitter though.


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