Manifesto, what manifesto?

28 Apr

Manifesto meeting

So if Sir Robin was able to tell Labour members back in February what would be in the party manifesto for the local elections, why are voters still being kept in the dark?

With less than a month to go to polling day there’s no sign of it on the Newham Labour website. Where is it?

Sir Robin and – in all likelihood – his 60 councillor candidates will be elected in May. Shouldn’t we have some idea, beyond a few bland bullet points on a leaflet, what they plan to do for the next four years?

Other local parties have produced excellent manifestos, with detailed proposals. For example, Plymouth Labour Party and our neighbours in Tower Hamlets.

The difference is that those parties are in genuine contests where they are fighting for every vote; where there is competition between competing visions for the future of their areas.

But Newham is a one-party state and the local Labour party’s contempt for voters is staggering: they think it better we don’t worry our little heads about trivial things like policies and just gratefully vote them back into office.

 

 

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One Response to “Manifesto, what manifesto?”

  1. Birdman April 28, 2014 at 10:10 #

    I think the contempt is also for its own members, at least that is my experience having been born in the borough, lived in the borough for over 50 years and having been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years. Sir Robin’s contempt knows no boundaries other than if you don’t agree with everything he says, you are the enemy. It saddens me to see what a once great organisation has become in Newham.

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