One of the local LibDem activists was boasting on Saturday that he had roused himself to do some leafleting. Toran Shaw hopes to be a LibDem councillor for Walpole ward one day.
On Saturday a group of us Tories were knocking on doors in neighbouring Elthorne ward asking people what the issues were in their street. We got a warm reception from residents who have noticed a profound change for the better in their local environment. One woman gave me a rare old roasting about some of the many things that are still wrong with the Borough. As I walked off wondering why I had bothered she shouted after me: “You’ll get my vote!” I don’t think she was being ironic, especially as we had only talked about the issues and not talked about parties and voting.
Tor, Leaflets are fine but you need talk to people not just push your shouty orange leaflets through their doors.
Interestingly Tor reports that:
The aim of today was to deliver the latest Focus, as well as a leaflet for a Save Ealingâ€™s Centre meeting taking place on 20 January.
If Save Ealing’s Centre want to be seen as an independent pressure group rather than just a LibDem campaign vehicle they need to keep some separation from the LibDems. I notice that SEC’s vision paper, all 32 pages of it, was printed by the HELP Press Ltd, Rickmansworth which is an in-house LibDem printing operation. Local LibDem leaflets, and indeed LibDem leaflets the length and breadth of the country, are printed by HELP.
I wrote to SEC at the start of September to ask for copies of its constitution and minutes. As a fully paid up member of one of the residents associations it purports to represent I figured I was entitled to see this material. I havenâ€™t heard from SEC so I guess they donâ€™t think public life should be transparent and open. We have evidence that they are a LibDem front. Do they want to furnish some evidence to the contrary?