Cripes, onslaught. I invited Mick Shore to join the debate, as much as I find his views insidious, Im a firm believer on free speech. He took my offer up with gusto, and seems offended that I called him a ‘twat’ without meeting him. Great, first a Tory accuses me of sexism and now a Fascist calls me prejudiced.
Its just holocaust/climate change-denying, advocates of forced mass deportation of immigrants and thinly veiled hatred does tend to mark one out as a twat. If I met him I very well might find good qualities, but he would still be a twat with some good qualities. I’m just so intolerant these days.
The comments are all attached to previously written articles, but I’ll be compiling them in an article soon if you can’t be arsed scraping round my archive. Still, I do thank Mick for getting involved, which is more than I can say about another candidate.
Anne Soubry’s campaign have been so keen to not contribute to Beestonia they keep sending me emails to tell me why.
This gem came through today, and is from Neil Davidson, her campaign manager, printed unedited, except for a couple o fnotes I have added in bold type:
Thanks for the information (he asked for stats on Beestonia, I supplied). I’m involved with a cricket website which attracts about 500,000 hits a week, knowing our unique user stats, I reckon your 1,100(what was the initial weekly hit rate of Beestonia, this has trebled as the campaign has gathered momentum) will represent no more than 100-200 unique users .There are approximately 70,000 potential voters in the constituency; if you were our candidate, how much time would you spend responding to your website? With such low numbers and given that very few of your users are likely to vote Tory, what would be the point?Even traditional hustings have very limited value these days as demonstrated the other night in Beeston; in a room of about 100 people populated mainly by activists, there were only 10 who had not already decided who to vote for.
In a spread out constituency like Broxtowe, there is no substitute for talking directly to voters, which is the main thrust of our campaign. In the last few weeks, Anna and her team have knocked on over 15,000 doors, which I guess is far more than any other candidate. In assessing how our campaign is going, I am happy to rely on our canvass returns and private polls, which paint a very different picture to the views expressed on your site.
With regard to emails, Anna, like all other candidates, has not had the resources available to a sitting MP. Nick Palmer, for instance has employed 7 people, at a legimate cost to the tax payer of over £100,000 a year, to respond to constituents. There is clearly a concerted (!!!!)campaign at the moment to bombard Anna with emails, the likely twin objective is to take up much of her time if she is to respond to them all or to criticise her if she doesn’t (see the Beeston Express for details). Quite rightly she sees ‘door knocking’ as her number one priority.You must be having a lot fun with your site at the moment; enjoy the rest of campaign!Regards,
Blimey, make what you will of that. I initially wasn’t go to respond, but sod it, here goes:
So Beestonia is not read by potential Tories? Ah ok, I have no clue who my readership, but the few I have met come from a wide spectrum of political belief, and most are also undecided on issue and representation. One quality Nick Palmer has that is admired by the electorate from left to right, is his dedication to engaging with his constituents.
As previously mentioned, way before I turned Beestonia over to the election, I heard of people disappointed with the lack of response they were getting from Soubry after many years of Palmer’s instantaneous responses. How will she respond after the election, if she does assume power?
How come she has been so fast to reply to me, yet emails flagged up as from ‘POTENTIAL TORY VOTER’ have been left unanswered since April 7th? The accusation that there is ‘Clearly a campaign at the moment to bombard Anna with emails‘ is a seriously allegation and one either rooted in paranoia or gross stupidity. Is there evidence for this? Can I see it please? Or are the people of Beeston /Broxtowe so used to being represented they are keen to draw more out of Soubry to determine where their vote will go? What do we know about her? Shes an old-fashioned Ken Clarke-esque tory who nevertheless likes the manifesto of Davey Cameron, anything else? If you wish to find out, the only way to enquire, you best wait for her to come knocking at your door.
I’m going to leave it to you to comment on now, I reckon despite what Soubry says,shes secretly reads this site daily. As a friend said, baffled by her accusation that she finds me sexist : ‘maybe she meant ‘sexy’ ‘.