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.
- Expanded and unedted section from article in Southend Echo from 29th February 2012 showing Martin Terry’s comments. See below for context.
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
So the ‘I’m a Conservative really’ line that Ron Woodley spins on the doorstep of Thorpe is now laid bare- he is actively supporting the LibDems and Ukip.
How can an Independent who claims to eshew all things political give his support to Cllr Longley, probably the most political Cllr on Southend and accept that a UKIP candidate if elected will be an ‘Independent’? This is nonsense and shows that the badge of Independence and the rhetoric that goes with it is nothing more than a front to denegrate conservative candidates and get themselves elected. Incidentally did not Cllr Woodley sign the nomintion papers of G Longley LibDem when he stood against James Duddridge for the Rochford and Southend East seat? Shame on you Cllrs Woodley and Terry.
In my opinion Cllr Longley must be very nervous in Blenheim and perhaps he is right to be!
West Shoebury UKIP Leaflet
At the same time the Independents are listing the ex Conservative Cllr Aylen as one of them! Cllr Aylen was deselected by his ward as he was not up to the job, Cllr Velmurugen (Independent) was heard to say to Cllr Aylen that he would support him – astounding since Cllr Velmurugen is a practising doctor and Cllr Ayen has openly stated that he cared not if smokers died of cancer!
Local Independents are backing the LibDem Candidate. Mr ‘ I’m a Conservative really’ Woodley has signed Cllr Longley’s Parliamentary nomination papers as has Cllr Assenheim. Seaside news first raised this back in February as a distinct possibility but this proves what we have always said – but the Independents have always denied – that there is a coalition plan between the Independents and Lib Dem / Lab to try and take control of Southend Council.
So what does this mean-
- This proves if Southend people vote Independent, they will actually get Lib Dem / Lab
- This proves Independents are anything but independent
- The only way to maintain a Better Southend is to vote Conservative on May