Shopper’s website threw a wobbly this morning and claimed the email address I
have used for at least six years and which they use to send me stuff daily, was
not registered with them.
When the glitch went away and I looked at the letters page in today’s issue I rather wished I hadn’t. There was councillor Philip Rude being spiteful again. He can’t help himself. He has singled out Bexley Labour councillors one third his age for ridicule and personal insults, so why not malign an MP?
Rude is not someone with a shred of decency in him. He not only picks on councillors he makes up malicious stories about residents too. He excelled himself by getting a now retired Bexley blogger banged up in a cell for 24 hours based on his vivid imagination and the sure knowledge that Bexley police were always ready to do Bexley council’s bidding. It took a judge in Bromley to see Rude’s story for what it was and have the blogger released.
So now he is making mischief by telling News Shopper readers that Erith & Thamesmead Labour party is supported by unions. Well excuse me, but what a surprise. I bet you never knew that. The Labour party best mates with the unions. Whatever next?
It doesn’t take a lot of digging to discover that Teresa Pearce is a member of several unions. The Public and Commercial Services, the Bakers’ and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union.
The public doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. Teresa Pearce trounced the Conservative Anna Firth last May with half the vote against a miserable quarter. A far worse Tory result than in 2010.
Rude’s point appears to be that being a member of the RMT is incompatible with being concerned about the cost of travel. What a strange assumption. Maybe Teresa would be on the side of a bakery with poor hygiene standards
Rather more likely is that union membership is a cheap way of keeping in touch with developments in those industries.
There is a huge industrial scale bakery and a large bus garage not far from Teresa’s patch and I would guess a lot of the workers live in the Erith & Thamesmead constituency. I may be wrong but as a theory it is no more ridiculous than membership of the RMT equating with enthusiasm for high rail fares.
If I thought they would let me I would rejoin the Erith & Thamesmead Conservative Association. It might be a cheap way of getting information on that shady outfit.
It’s disappointing to find that Anna Firth is still keen to have her name linked with Rude’s. I was within an inch of voting for her. A lucky escape.