Just when you think the Liberal Democrat is a silent paper candidate, out she comes with one of the most astonishing attack letters I’ve ever seen. The Liberal Democrat candidate for Medworth has come out swinging with a letter delivered widely across the Ward which attacks me and most of the other candidates. But mostly me. :)
There’s apparently a leaflet too with pictures of a bunch of stuff neither she nor the Liberal Democrats had anything to do with. Primarily because there are no Liberal Democrats left in Wisbech. Or, if there are, they are in stealth mode.
Josie Ratcliffe, who claims to be a “fresh voice for Wisbech”, made hay with the fact that the “Conservative Candidate” (that’s me!) has been “beaten twice by Liberal Democrats in Wisbech.” Actually, no. I’ve been beaten once by a Liberal Democrat in Wisbech. That particular Liberal Democrat has since dumped her party and gone Independent. And Josie, with all due respect, I’m sure you are very nice and all, but you ain’t no Dave Patrick. For a start, he actually lives here. The other time I was beaten by a Liberal Democrat was in Parson Drove and Wisbech St. Mary, which are near Wisbech but are villages in their own right. But that’s okay, you wouldn’t know this because you live in Chatteris rather than Wisbech.
A funny thing about local politicians is that we do all get beaten from time to time. Just like Josie herself has been beaten by the Conservatives, and the UKIP candidate has been beaten by the Conservatives, and the Independent Candidate has been beaten by the Conservatives. We all lose sometimes, as you should know Josie. It happens.
Josie attacks UKIP as “not being the answer” and while I do not disagree with her reasoning, I’m surprised that she thinks that electing an unknown Liberal Democrat from a completely different town is. I suspect local people may not agree. I don’t have a lot of love for Clapp, Lay, Gillick and the purple brigade – but at least they are from Wisbech.
Josie then amusingly points out that Labour have “no District Councillors at all” as the reason not to vote for them. Well, that’s true Josie, and by your logic they never will have! You Liberal Democrats on the other have have the heady number of “One” district Councillor. Though he is admittedly a very nice one. Nice enough that I doubt he’d ever make the mistake of putting out a letter of the type you have done. Because Gavin Booth would know that our town doesn’t particularly appreciate this sort of negative campaigning and isn’t incredibly fond of being told what to do and what to think by people from Chatteris either.
Josie says: “It’s time for a fresh start.” Finally, something we agree on. I’ve never been a District Councillor. Jessica Oliver has never been a Town Councillor. Electing the Conservatives will be a fresh start – with the added bonus that, you know, we live here. Rather than in Chatteris.
Nevertheless, if you are reading this blog post, Josie then I’d like to wish you “All the best.” If you’re ever actually IN Wisbech yourself, pop by and I’ll make you a cuppa. After you visit us, you might find you like our Town. Those of us who live here certainly do.