Well that burst of optimism
didn’t last long; the Erith & Thamesmead hustings are now off. Very definitely
off. It would appear that the sponsor was at risk of legal liability, I assume
under the election expenses laws, should anyone subsequently suggest that one party had exerted undue influence and it was effectively their show.
There have been suggestions of bullying from some quarters but the correspondence that came my way was all totally businesslike. However during elections, emotions can run high.
A big thank you to the sponsor whose intentions were entirely honourable and to Eliot Smith who stepped into the breach when the originally proposed chairman had to pull out. Now I am never going to learn anything about any but the two highest profile candidates.
For the record, the original pre-cancellation announcement may be seen here. As may be seen; all the candidates had agreed to speak.