Several requests have come in for the names of candidates expected
to stand at the May 2014 council elections and the answer each time is that
everything I know has been put on the website. The word ‘know’ requires
elaboration. Whilst the Labour party has been happy to inform me of the
situation in wards they already hold or hope to win, for the Conservatives, all the
information has come from unverifiable anonymous sources. They may be right,
they may be wrong, I simply do not know.
At least one of the sources must be wrong, because one says that councillor June Slaughter is heading for the exit, leaving husband Michael behind, and the other says the reverse is true. Actually two say the reverse is true, so the odds must be stacked that way.
I’d be sorry to see either go. At least they ask intelligent questions and in Michael’s case in particular will publicly speak his mind even at the risk of rocking a comfortable boat.
But why not just ask them as one can with Labour you might ask? Because if you do this is the sort of answer you will get…
“The candidates will be known when the nominations papers are submitted.”
That is the single sentence reply given by Sue Ayers, Secretary of the Bexleyheath & Crayford Conservative Association. Lying and obfuscation runs deep in the DNA of Bexley Tories.