I suspected when I posted about Martin Terry on Saturday that he lacked the self awareness to stop incoherently ranting about me, ‘bilge pumps’ and whatever other phantom evils invest his mind.
What Martin Terry didn’t realise is that to an extent I was counting on his response as a basis of bringing something rather interesting to light.
Martin Terry has made great play of the offense he takes from my ‘supposed’ comments about single mothers. Never mind that he regularly misquotes or misunderstands what I said, he describes my comments as a disgusting attack, blighting single mothers, as spiteful, nasty, shameful and disgraceful. He also repeatedly calls for my resignation.
So why would I repeat all these accusations? Well let us take a look at the Southend Echo newspaper of February 29th. This was the Echo’s second story on this topic.
As part of this piece the Newspaper gives a comment to the opposition. A whole box set aside so we can read the views of the opposition councillors, and who did they pick to give this comment? Why none other than the fulminating Martin Terry, leader of the Independent party.
And what did Mr Martin Terry have to say about my comments? Why, he said that he totally agreed with them.
Not that I should resign, or that he was appalled or even that he agreed only in part.
No, he stated that he TOTALLY AGREED with them. Let me quote him again where he says “what [Anna Waite] said was ENTIRELY RIGHT“.
There is more than enough hyperbole in politics and I have no wish to add to it by making exaggerated comments or personally insulting the guy, especially when his rants say more about him than I could. But who, in all honesty, can respect Martin Terry, or have him as their party leader, when he carries on like this?
You can read my comments on Southend Town Centre here
And here is what I wrote about your suggestions – http://warelane.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/tidy-the-town-centre-by-all-means-but-lets-have-a-good-society-not-a-cleansed-one/