I have been very quiet on here and for that I can only apologise. The demise of the Great Barr Observer is a loss to the estate and therefore we are left with fewer news. You may have seen as well it appears Aldi may well get the planning permission next to Asda which will impact his a lot with even more traffic on the Queslett and not a lot we can do about it.
However it is also local election time, so you will have had leaflets through the doors to help you make up your mind, to remind you the candidates are –
To declare an interest I have proposed Shamim for the Labour candidature and I am again a labour member (after leaving) but have taken no part in this local election.
So I can only say that I have deliberated for a while about this but I feel it must be posted now. Last Friday (20th April) I was working from home and heard noise outside and saw a group of people delivering leaflets. I captured this on a You Tube Video.
Edit 16:30 – 01/05/18 – Following Mike Bird’s comments I have reviewed the footage with someone who can advise. He/she has said there is not a case to answer. In public property (and indeed on MY property) anyone can be filmed. However on reflection I have now made the video private but here is a still of the delivery and video is available on request.
You can clearly see a group of people being led by the woman in the mauve hoodie delivering leaflets. These people are ones with learning difficulties, a couple of people with Downs for example. So I went downstairs and tucked inside of a Collingwood Centre leaflet I saw the Tory one.
I have spoken to a couple of other people who confirmed that the Tory leaflet looked hidden away.
I felt this was wrong, as someone who has delivered 1000’s of political leaflets in the past, it should be a purely voluntary activity. Does anyone think this was moral to get these people to deliver these hidden away inside a community leaflet ? I do not. I would go so far to say it is exploitation.
Following this I checked with two experienced campaigners (one from Lab and a friend from Tories who was an agent in Cannock) and both confirmed that whilst not illegal, no party should allow this.
So following up on this I spoke to a few people within the council and learnt this.
Just to update you on the Centre, Council officials have told them to stop doing what they were doing, they get community development grant of £4K to produce and deliver leaflets to the community. As this was a political delivery then the council are claiming back £1.5K
This is so wrong that the Community centre were being used in this and along with vulnerable people being used to deliver political literature.
I know some may think that this is doing for my own political benefit but the council have stated this is wrong.
Leave up to the readers to decide …. Any comments added will not be edited as per my normal policy unless abusive of course.