Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Who What Where

When the list of candidates came out for the local elections in May many people were surprised to see an addition to the expected roster for the Beacon and Bents Ward. Top of the list is “Olive June Elsom”, standing as an “Independent”. Olive doesn’t live in the ward, she resides in the Cleadon Park Ward with her husband George, who as it happens is also a “real Independent” councillor for their residing ward. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with standing in a ward where you don’t live, but what is strange is that Beacon and Bents already has an “Independent” candidate, and a very high profile one at that. In March Robin Coombes (Independent – South Tyneside Alliance) decided not to stand against George Elsom’s colleague Terry Haram in the Whiteleas Ward as he did not wish to split the vote and allow Labour to take the seat by default.

I wonder why George has not adopted such a conciliatory approach. I wonder why his wife did not stand in the Ward where they live and George already sits. The situation is even more difficult to understand when you take into account an email sent by George on the 26th March to an unnamed source on the issue of another “Independent” (not linked to the Alliance) who was standing against his “real Independent” candidate in Cleadon Park.
“I certainly wouldn’t put someone up against your candidate so cannot see why you should want to put up one against mine. The only beneficiary to a split vote will be labour.”
The argument is good enough for Cleadon Park, but not Beacon and Bents.

Hmmm…………………………

6 comments:

Two down one to go said...

If George Elsom has any Integrity(means Honesty,Virtue,Honor,Morality,Principle,Uprightness, Righteousness)
He would surely withdraw the Candidate, if not questions have to be asked about his Integrity and also what has he been 'given' by the Labour Party.

Henry said...

Makes you wonder what deal the chameleon has struck with Labour. Be interesting to see what Labour’s annual ‘sweetie shop’ gathering decides to give George as a reward, a well paid outside body for instance (he’s always wanted to sit on the Police Authority) or could it be a berth back in the Labour party for a man who was kicked out of the party. Let’s face it he changes his mind more times than a chameleon changes his colour. First it was Labour, then ‘Real Labour’ then Independent and for now he is a ‘Real Independent’.
Go for George and June but just remember you might find it difficult to hang on to your own seat in 3 years time.

Anonymous said...

George and June have integrity and honesty/ i hope June wins in May.

Paul said...

We knew Colin Campbell would withdraw his nomination last week. George and June Elsom are on holiday in Canada but will be back next Friday just in time to start June’s campaign to take votes away from the other Independent. George’s price was 30 pieces of silver or aka a seat on a lucrative outside body.

Henry said...

Imagine George and June and their puppy Paul on the council; it doesn’t bear thinking about.

Anonymous said...

So George is playing with his moose in the Rockies?