|More Lib Dem Lies|
St Johns independent campaigner and blogger Ray Turner drew attention to their "half-truths" and "porkies" in his blog on Sunday. As he points out, the message in their "Outrage" "newspaper" is deceptive because it conveniently ignores the Lib Dems' own plans to build nearly 4000 houses in Hedge End and Botley.
What Ray does not mention is the unresolved question why - if the Lib Dems really wanted to say "no" to more building and even more traffic in our area - they refused on no fewer than four occasions last year even to debate the Borough Council's plans at Hedge End Town Council meetings. After all, Cllr Welsh has been chair of the Town Council for the last year, and Cllr Kyrle has been a member of the Town Council, even though he has only turned up for seven meetings since being elected.
I had planned to blog along those lines this evening and asked both Lib Dem and Tory sides for a reaction to Ray's article. Conservative candidate Paul Redding replied in less than ten minutes (at 9:05):
I think Ray said it all Keith, I couldn't possibly better what he said.
Fourteen hours later I have had no reply from Cllr Kyrle, Cllr Welsh or their agent, Cllr Anne Winstanley.
I did follow up with Paul Redding on one detail of the Lib Dems' claims (at 9:10 am):
OK Paul, thanks- what's the Conservative line on the Tanhouse Lane site?
Paul replied (12:16 am)
If you are looking for an official response to that question, then i'll ask my collegues at HCC to respond if you wish?
Keith to Paul (1:07pm)
It would be good to know. The Lib Dems claim to be opposing HCC plans to build at Tanhouse Lane. If HCC does want houses there, then - as Ray says - the Lib Dems are being hyprocritical and opportunistic. If HCC has no plans to build there, then they are making things up and lying, which is a much more serious allegation.
Paul to Keith (1:14pm)
I have made enquiries Keith, I'll get back to you as soon as i can.
Imagine my surprise to see at 10:13 this evening on Eastleigh News that Cllr Ken Thornber has issued a press release refuting the Lib Dem claims, accusing them of misleading the electorate and threatening them with the Electoral Commission if they do not retract their false claims.