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News and Comment August 2021

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30 August (Part 2) - Style over sideswipe

I said to a Councillor the other day, I conveniently forget which, that if there was no Read or Craske in Bexley Council’s line up there wouldn’t be very much to complain about. Let’s overlook the appalling treatment of residents from years ago for a moment and look at the past month or two; their response to the bin strike. It presented a perfect opportunity to deflect the blame on to Bexley Labour when they had absolutely nothing to do with it. How could they? It wasn’t their contract and they have no power over Serco or like any other minority group, anyone else.

Yes, the Labour Councillors who spoke about it, three I noticed, supported striking for a pay increase and two Councillors on the far left of the party said things they will live to regret. To “love” making the situation worse for residents will not be quickly forgotten.

The blame for the strike can only lie with the Conservatives for driving an unrealistically hard bargain with Serco that did not allow for decent pay rates. They tried to mitigate the situation when their claim to top (in London only) recycling fame went pear-shaped but they must carry the can.

They will want to spin the bad news to their advantage but there are ways of making reasonable points. Cabinet Member Sue Gower has no record of petty spitefulness and therefore has a head start on her colleagues when wishing to make a political point. She politely draws attention to a senior Unite figure joining the picket line dressed for the office and leaves the reader draw their own conclusions.

@bexleynews (Craske and Read) cannot resist pointing the finger directly at Labour almost every time they hit the keyboard. Similarly the Blackfen and Lamorbey account (Craske again).

Will Sue be allowed to show the disreputable old rogues the error of their ways before going the way of Rob Leitch and Louie French, rising stars who were beaten down by the tyranny at the top?

Compare and contrast the differing styles. MBE over Misguided Baiting Expeditions.

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