Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tottenham Chances, 28.04

Tonight I've attended local debates to listen to candidates running for MP.

The present Labour MP, David Lammy, was attacked fiercely by everybody including voters and finally fled while people yelling "never come back!" and "on your bike, Lammy!" Before that, he lost his temper and stated shouting that before he was elected, "more young people were in prison here than in university". "Those things don't happen on accident!" Apparently, that wasn't too persuasive.

Tory Sean Sullivan seemed like a witty speaker to me, but I think he understands himself that that odds are grim for Oxford graduate in Tottenham. Except LibDem candidate, he was the only person not to offer higher benefits and higher taxes for rich people.

Speaking of LibDems, David Schmitz made the best impression on me. Also, that's the only major party considering amnesty for illegal immigrants and simpler ILR for legal ones. His position on local problems was also the most rational in my opinion, also being very polite and confident - in brief, it was pleasure to listen to him though I have troubles remembering the exact points. He also responded unusually to popular questions about banks being bailed out - "they were not given money, they were bought for our money and you and me owe them, and we will sell them back later and make profit". One must have courage to talk like that - surely it wasn't an answer loved by audience (other candidates either blamed bankers or were silent).

Of the non-local candidates, UKIP Winston McKenzie was the champion. Even being non-local, he was the only one to make a clear statement about Wards Corner (semi-abandoned premises awaiting to be reconstructed into expensive flats) - all the others were meaninglessly murmuring "yes-it's-so-important-it-must-be-saved" on this problem. McKenzie told that he can bring businesses here - which are not welcomed by community, but at least there is still a change to choose those businesses while doing nothing is doing nothing.

The loudest applause were earned by radical socialist Jenny Sutton, offering no cuts, more state jobs, higher benefits, no tuition fees and expecting to acquire money for that from bankers and military. Simple as it is, isn't that?

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