So depressing. No policies, a big touchy feely wishlist, and then a seven paragraph rant about Andy Slaughter.
I still don’t know what I’m getting if I vote for him or the Conservatives more generally, except that they’re unhappy with Labour.
What, specifically, will they do differently – apart from cutting people off benefits and privatise things? And do something about social housing apparently (unexplained).
I’m not a big fan of Labour, but I was subscribed to a service that notified me when our local MP, Andy Slaughter, gave speeches in the Commons, and lots of them were about the need for more social housing.
How will Bailey be any different – particularly when his party are generally against it – and sold it all off in the first place? The tide of development and property prices and general political will runs against social housing at the moment. So what’s he going to do, when his local council are so obviously in bed with the developers? Oh, that’s right – he dodged that specific question.
There’s *nothing* here to inform me about anything. I will not be voting Bailey/Conservative.
Wow Rupert, I bet Shaun will be in tears having lost your vote.
His comments about Andy Slaughter were hardly a rant. A rant just goes on and on without any sort of evidence. Shaun linked to at least 3 pieces of evidence that back up what he is saying about Andy Slaughter. At least we finally can see a candidate who backs up what he says with the facts rather than just blabbing on about his opponent.
I didn’t know Andy Slaughter spent £90 on a pen nib but now I do. There’s no way I’m voting for him! The average Londoners wage FOR A DAY is a bit less than what he spend on a pen! And he wants us to think he is different??? Seriously, how out of touch with the people who elected you can you be???
Fine, don’t vote for Shaun (again, I’m sure he is devastated) but don’t fire out this junk about him giving a ‘touchy feely wishlist’. I agree with him, politics should be about big ideas and big goals. For way too long it’s been about scandal.
I live in Shepherds Bush and it is a breath of fresh air to have Shaun Bailey as an energetic, youthful candidate with strong local connections who seems to be getting things done and does not necessarily accept the “status quo” all the time – for instance he is right to point out that the area needs more social housing – of a high standard.
It is a great shame that Mr Slaughter is so unremittingly negative. It seems that he and his party have been peddling the scare story for years now that Council tenants will be uprooted from their homes, which will be bulldozed to the ground, and transported to another Borough on the other side of London. Fortunately those being told this story are now wise to the fact that it was and is all lies – lies designed to dupe people into voting Labour! He would do well to remember the story of the Little Boy who Cried Wolf….
Why should I expect him to be devastated? What a strangely toned response.
As you say, for far too long it’s been about scandal. The £90 pen nib doesn’t make any sense to me, and I’m certainly not going to let it swing my vote one way or the other. And I too am depressed about Slaughter’s endless whining about the Conservatives in everything he says, as I’ve mentioned here before. I didn’t say I was voting for him – I’ve had enough of both Con & Lab.
Politics should not be just big ideas. They should be backed up by hard policy and sound economics. Where is it? Where’s the plan for increasing high quality social housing? Where are the commitments and the specific goals? I don’t see them here, and the few vague policies that are finally emerging from the Conservative front bench either don’t add up or make me think that their government will be pretty much like the last Tory government.
Rupert – I apologise if my previous post seemed impolite. That wasn’t my intention, it just sounded as though you dismissed everything that Shaun Bailey wrote in his article as just being ‘touchy feely’. There was a lot that he said that really resonated with me so I was probably just reacting to that. Anyway, I apologise.
At least we agree that there is too much scandal in politics today. That’s why I can’t support Andrew Slaughter. His track record with the £90 pen nib, his hypocrisy with the Post Office issue and his hypocrisy in attacking Etonians (I went to public school if you are wondering) even though he attended Latymer clearly show me that this guy is just like the rest of them. We need a clean sweep in parliament. Someone has to hit the reset button, but in a civil way – not in a Guy Fawkes way.
Bailey isn’t perfect but he has bold ideas and from what I’ve seen and heard he has thought them through and has the plans and intellect to back them up. He’s convinced me and that’s why he’ll have my support in Shepherds Bush. I think he will do very well as an MP. At minimum, he will be a major step up from Andy Slaughter.
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