The Local Tories are asking the electorate at the 11th Hour! (A BIT TOO LATE!).
Because they know they have let us down, while Independent councillors have been fighting our battles, not them!
Whilst our Independent District Councillors have been listening and dealing with local people’s issues and concerns for years the “East Devon Conservative Association” may be waking up to the fact that rather than follow their Central Offices National Policies, they maybe should listen occasionally to what is happening in their local area!
A questionnaire is being distributed by the East Devon Branch of the Conservative Party, just 5 weeks before Local Parish Town and District Elections asking for local people’s thoughts!
There is however a “health warning” on the leaflet in very small print!
“The types of information we may collect about you, will probably include your name, address, and contact information and information about your ethnic origin, political opinions, and religious, philosophical and other beliefs. The data you provide will be retained by the Conservative Party, its Candidates and its MPs”.
Nice to know the Tories want to collate a database on us!
The questionnaire first asks several questions about the ward and then asks
“Are there any local issues or concerns you would like to raise?
Then they ask which of 14 issues are the 3 issues that should be prioritised. Looking at the list most local people would hope that their Councillors were concentrating on ALL of them, but at least the local Conservatives MIGHT spend some time on 3 local issues which is a start!
On the second page it becomes even more amusing!
Q: What Conservative commitments are the most important to you?
“Make a success of Brexit”
(guessing the leaflet was planned some time ago!)
First one on the list is Not really a local issue, but the you would not think that the turmoil in Parliament and Brussels was anything like a “success”!
Q: “Cut the Deficit and deal with our country’s debts.”
This could be translated as: Do you approve of austerity and the selling off of public assets.
Again, not much of a local concern, except for the closing of local hospital beds, reduction in funding for all local services, no spending on our local infrastructure but the Government spending billions on HS2 to connect London and Birmingham and Cross Rail connecting one part of London to the other!
Q:“Continue to increase housebuilding and support home ownership”.
East Devon is already building more than 950 new houses per year, but the Tories want more and more! What local people want is “the right houses, built to the right quality, in the right place, at the right time”. Not what we are getting which are large, expensive housing estates that look like “everywhere land!”.
Q: Cut income tax by raising personal allowances.
If you earn enough to pay tax that’s fine, but the less well off become even further left in crisis with the cutting of social services! And what about all those billionaire donors – some paying no tax in this country at all!
Q: Ensure that pensions continue to rise annually.
Anything to keep pensions in line with inflation is good but reducing public services for the elderly affects their quality of life! And “rising annually” is no good if increases are below the cost of living and savings earn nothing and then go to fund home or nursing home care.
Q: Ensure the welfare and benefit system is fair and rewards work.
Just one comment here “Universal Credit! It’s NOT working!
Q: Continue to increase NHS spending.
Local NHS spending has been and is being cut and all our services at breaking point! Nine hours for an ambulance to turn up for a pensioner with a broken hip in Exmouth! And a CCG that has said it will cut HALF A BILLION pounds more in the next few years.
Q: Control and reduce immigration.
They cannot control migration if they cannot sort out a Brexit deal! And SOME immigration (such as health care workers) is urgently needed. And they have already confessed that immigration will now come from India and the Phillipines rather than the EU!
Q: Protect spending on schools.
Only this week our largest secondary school in the district asked parents to contribute to the funding! And academy schools pay their heads and directors hundreds of thousands of pounds – and then often go bust!
Q: Invest our National Security and defence.
It is a known fact that we are spending less on our armed forces and the police. These cuts can be seen with less police on our streets, crime seemingly increasing and less arrests and weaker sentences for those that are apprehended!
This is Our governing Political Party and our governing East Devon councillors asking these ridiculous questions!
You are asked to tick which 2 are important to you! Again, most people would say they are all important!!
You are then asked what party you voted for last time and which party you may consider voting for this time around, and finally asking you if you want to help or even join the Conservative Party! Remember, all this data on you is kept for later use (or sale).
What’s the alternative?
This questionnaire graphically demonstrates how out of touch this national and local political party is!!
Don’t reply to add to their already large database on you but elect a local INDEPENDENT candidate, already in touch with the electorate and already fighting on your behalf!