Andrew Slaughter, who will represent a bit of our borough until the last possible minute, is complaining today about his opponent in Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush, the excellent Shaun Bailey. According the the Times today the Bailey campaign has outspent him. No doubt when Slaughter voted for the Communications Allowance he thought he was voting to keep his job forever with a Â£10K a year incumbents self-promotion allowance paid for by taxpayers. At least the cash the Tories are spending is their own money.
We know Slaughter is a bit of a chicken because he didn’t go for the Central Ealing and Acton consituency and has instead left the boy Mahfouz to stand against the redoutable Angie Bray. Angie will make a great MP, and eat Mahfouz for breakfast as she would have done Slaughter.
Meanwhile Slaghter got himself selected to fight the Hammermsith and Shepherds Bush seat to the east. I have seen Bailey in action a couple of times – he is very impressive. A straight talking, local lad made good who has practical ideas and bags of experience of the social issues of that part of London. He is backed by the incredibly enthusiastic Hammersmith Tories. Slaughter is right to be frightened but it is not the money that will unseat Slaughter, it is 13 years of poor Labour government and a much better alternative locally as well as nationally.
Here is Bailey’s video which is the source of one of Slaughter’s complaints. Slaughter could do the same and distribute it virally for next to nothing – the trouble is that Slaughter just would not have come across as well as Bailey does. Bye, bye Andy!