loannaflex wrote:In all the inner cities where there is a Labour or liberal Democrat council, the poverty, housing problems, crime and antisocial behaviour and unemployment is entrenched. Has anyone else noticed this correlation and why do people keep voting them back time and time again when they never seem to solve the problems.
Rambling Phil wrote:First off, Loanna, thank you for posting here. Having lived in Tottenham for much of the 1990s, where the Tory candidate wanted to engage with the constituency so much didn't even turn up for hustings or leaflet, it makes a nice change.
I don't care whether you are famous or powerful, nor how many tranches you've got.
The reason I will not vote for you or Mr Bland is because you are Tories and I remember the 1980s when I had to share ancient schoolbooks in large classes in schools with outside toilets because your party cared so much about ordinary people it didn't invest in our schools. Under a new Tory government, I expect the same to happen to bail out your friends in the City. Of course, even though we're all in it together (c. G Osborne), this won't happen to the schools your party's leadership send their children to - just ours.
I remember your Dame Shirley Porter who's solution to social problems in her council was to illegally decant working people to poorer authorities. I see something of a similar nature happening in Hammersmith & Fulham today.
Wasn't the 'right to buy' policy of your party the one that started to undermine social housing, leading to the near impossibility of decent, working people getting decent council housing?
And I remember your party abolishing London-wide government, under-investing in and privatising the public transport system to the point that it became dangerous and unreliable. More recently, your Tory mayor and his transport puppet have abandoned the cross-river tram and delayed the E&C regeneration - two things that would have sparked huge improvements in the area. But that doesn't matter, does it? Only common people use public transport.
So, rather than parade your perceived 'victim' status, putting in the hours until you get a crack at a seat you stand a chance of winning, please tell us this:
What will the next Tory government do to address the social ills of Southwark you identified in your post?
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