Gazette letters: Leaflet delivery, general election and Nag’s Head
PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 June 2017
Tim Sayer, Battledean Road, Highbury, writes:
I deliver leaflets for the Greens and need to negotiate this gate.
I am concerned that it will collapse if I touch it and the householder will rush out and berate me. So I do my best to sashay round it.
I have been puzzling over leaflets from two of the political parties contesting Islington North, writes Paul Elliott, Tufnell Park, full address supplied.
The first, from the Lib Dems and aimed solely at Islington North, shows a graph where the they appear to be running a very close second to Labour, with the Tories a distant third and the Greens fourth.
The second is from the Green Party and appears to be aimed at voters in both Islington North and South. This shows two clearly labelled graphs, in both of which Labour had more than 60 per cent share of the vote in Islington North in the 2015 General Election and “across Islington North in the North East Constituency in the 2016 London [Assembly] Election”. The Lib Dems are in last place in both graphs, with the Greens and Conservatives running second and third over 40 percentage points behind Labour.
Further research shows the Green Party’s graphs are an accurate representation of recent election results in Islington North. The small print on the Lib Dem leaflet says their graph relates to the results of an “Islington by-election, July 14, 2016”. This must refer to the by-election for an Islington Council seat in Barnsbury ward on this date. But Barnsbury is not in Islington North; it is in the Islington South and Finsbury constituency. Furthermore the ward is hardly typical of Islington, covering one of the wealthier areas of the borough.
The results of the Barnsbury by-election were as follows: Labour 51.6pc, Lib-Dems 17.7pc, Conservatives 15pc and Greens 13.1pc. So the Liberal Democrats were not exactly running neck and neck with Labour and there was scarcely daylight between them and the Conservatives and Greens.
The casual distortion of the facts by politicians has become commonplace, but it needs to be challenged and exposed. I may be living in the past, but when a politician tells me something or puts it on the side of a campaign bus, I expect it to be a fair representation of the truth and not purposely misleading.
I’ve just read Mr Levy’s letter in last week’s Gazette and I agree 100 per cent, writes Christopher Cavendish, full address supplied.
I’m also a member of the Labour Party and a born and bred Clerkenwell resident who is very dissatisfied with the way our Labour council is run, the aloof way Emily Thornberry conducts herself, and the arrogant way the party behaves in Islington.
I was at the hustings too – and heard the discontented whisperings about our posh MP, and also the cheers for the other candidates, any one of whom seemed better equipped to understand the concerns of working-class residents, never mind represent them.
We can’t keep blaming the Tories for everything - eventually the electorate will cotton on that nearly 50 years of Labour Islington isn’t making ordinary, working-class people’s lives better.
Frankly, it’s time we got a better deal.
Since it went private, I am being priced out of the market, writes Sir Anthony Fowler, Duncombe Road, Upper Holloway.
When the Nag’s Head was run by Islington Council, the rent for the market stall was cheaper but now they are owned by private people, they are charging double rent which is £25 per day and if you do not have a good sale, this is a lot of money to make up.
They tell me at the market they have no stalls available yet on the weekend half the stalls are empty. I am not the only one who wants a stall: there are many more.
The council wants to encourage people who sell clothes to have a stall but the private people who run the market are pushing them out. I wish the council would take the market back again for fair trading for all.
The only car boot market is at Montem School on Sundays.
They charge £10 for cars and others £5 each for rent which is very good.
What little money I get goes to start a North American Indian Museum in Holloway which will be the first in this country. We are trying to raise £400,000 to open it.