I noticed Julian Ware-Lane’s blog last night about Chalkwell Conservatives failure to follow instructions, in putting council email addresses on their election literature. I, too, was at the candidates and agents’ briefing at the civic centre last week, and I too heard the strict instructions from the Head of Democratic Services, Colin Gamble, that council email addresses were not to be used in political campaigning.
So, on a whim, I reached for the nearest piece of opposition literature that I had. It turned out to be for Prittlewell Liberal Democrats, the content of which I have already weighed and found wanting on this very blog. But I hadn’t twigged to the domain of the email address on the bottom: @southend.gov.uk.
A slow hand clap for the Lib Dems then, demonstrating in one fell swoop a high-handed inability to follow the rules, and a contempt for a level playing field. That Liberal Democrat commitment to fairness only goes as far as it they’re not facing electoral wipeout, then.
I wonder how many other Southend councillors think the rules don’t apply to them?