A well-worn phrase from my teachers at Grammar School in the Sixties when they wanted me to put forward a balanced argument when answering exam questions. Not at all like the inaccurate and as usual misleading Grauniad article on UKIP Councillors elected last May. By the way I’m now waiting for the thought police to come round as I have in that short sentence admitted that I’m Grammar School educated, over 60 and don’t like the Grauniad – there’s obviously no hope for me.
I always refer to the paper as the Grauniad because we used to have contests in the sixth form common room to find which paper had the most spelling mistakes – guess which paper invariably won.
In my opinion the Grauniad’s article was biased for the following reasons:
- In the elections in May last year there were 147 new UKIP councillors elected not 139.
- The paper says 12 are now no longer UKIP Councillors – extraordinary to include in this number is the councillor who died.
- The paper then claimed in its headline that 1 in 10 UKIP Councillors had left the party. The total population was 147 and the number of failures was 11 which equals 7.5% or about 1 in 13.
- In the notes on councillors the paper then tried to attack my 2 colleagues at Gloucestershire County Council. Richard Leppington is supposed to have faced calls for his resignation – No such call has been received by the branch from any of the County Council, UKIP members or Richard’s constituents. I’ve seen many calls for The Forest of Dean District Council and David Cameron to resign but they don’t seem to act on these requests.
- In my opinion the second attack was even more misleading. In an article that purported to deal with how UKIP Councillors had performed since May 2013 they dragged up information from several years ago (2008 when Alan Preest was a Tory councillor) implying it was since his election. They also mentioned the call for a referendum on the cull of the wild boar (some thing that is already happening and has nothing to do with UKIP).
- The paper appeared to claim that there were only minor and few problems with the other parties. Judging by the number of weekly resignations notified by all councils this is not true. Sadly there are too many examples to go into detail.
Returning to the Contrast and Compare of the title let’s look at the Lib-Dems wonderful record in Cabinet. Following the 2010 election 5 Lib-Dems were given cabinet posts, within 12 days of his appointment one had to step down as he’d been fiddling his expenses and in short order thereafter a second had to resign because of having ,eventually, to plead guilty to transferring speeding points to his wife and denying it to the police. Thus 40% of the Lib-Dems had to resign – quite a few more than the 7.5% failure rate in UKIP.
The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is surely that the so-called professionals are far better at getting themselves disqualified than the amateurs. I’m so glad we spend so much on the professional parliamentarians – Not.