Saturday 21 April 2012

The Minimum Reading's Residents Deserve

Reading's Conservatives are promoting a clean campaign pledge which has been supported by the Lib Dems and Greens on Reading Borough Council.  Whitley Ward's Independent candidate, Jamie Wake, has also added his support.  The Clean Campaign Pledge states:

We, the undersigned, pledge in the Reading Borough local election campaign:

· To show by our actions that politics can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.
· To tell the truth about what we have achieved and stand for and, and about what others have achieved and stand for.
· To refrain from making personal attacks against, or misleading statements about, other candidates in written literature or verbally.
· Not to mislead the public about who is doing well and about who is likely to win in these elections.
· To make only honest and reasonable promises.
· To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of Reading
· In particular, to be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.
· To take money only from organisations and individuals whose motives in giving us money we do not have reason to suspect.
Labour however have demonstrated their contempt for this with their disgusting campaign in Church Ward.  The latest you can read here.  I have highlighted another of their leaflets in earlier posts this month in which they used a "racist dog whistle" in an attempt to win votes. 

Church Ward's biggest issue is Labour's Shinfield Road lights.  Last night there was a public meeting to discuss Labour's unpopular traffic scheme organised by STAG (I think) and all councillors and candidates for Church Ward were invited.  Sadly, the only ones to attend were my Conservative colleagues, Cllrs Azam Janjua and Tim Harris.  At least Azam & Tim were able to listen to their electorate so as to fulfil their job to represent residents' views and concerns.