Campaigning beats blogging in time battle


Blogging is going to be a light (or should that be lite?) at the mo - Hunter is busy in Highgate and running the Tottenham GLA campaign. Anyone wishing to assist should email justinhinchcliffe@hotmail.com - wine and nibbles always follow...

Meanwhile, our local GLA candidate, Cllr. Matthew Laban, has a revamped website containing his latest news and views.

Cllr. Hoban - it's time to come clean


Hunter is 80% certain that the Lib Dems' Cllr. Wayne Hoban (Alexandra) will quit the Council and cause a by-election to coincide with May's London elections on May 1.

A little yellow bird tipped Hunter off a few months ago. Hoban's website has not been renewed and the Lib Dems are flooding the ward with their 'Focus' newsletters - two dead give-away signs.

Two questions for Cllr. Hoban: are you going to quit the Council - yes or no? Assuming the answer is "yes", why won't you hand in your notice before the Highgate by-election?

It's time for Cllr. Hoban and the Haringey Lib Dems to come clean. What are they running scared of?

Lib Dem Euro rebel - what should Clegg do?


This is the question been posed by Norfolk Blogger. David Heath, a Euro-sceptic, some might say opportunist, MP for the highly marginal Lib Dem-Con (and Euro-sceptic)seat of Somerset and Frome has broken ranks with the party leadership to call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Ming said a referendum would be held on the Constitution but Clegg claims that the Treaty is different, so they are not breaking their manifesto commitment, which called for a vote. Heath strongly disagrees.

Hunter actually agrees with Clegg! Heath should probably be sacked. If you're in the shadow cabinet or, in their case, on the front bench, you should abide by collective responsibility. If you cannot do that, then you should resign and speak from the bank benches.

What do YOU think? Should Clegg keep or sack Heath? Vote in Norfolk Blogger's on-line poll.

Two more councillors join Cameron's Conservatives


A big 'welcome' to Sakina Bradbury, a councillor in Surrey, has become the third Liberal Democrat to defect to the Conservative Party in the last four months.

That welcome also applies to Ahmed Hussain, a councillor in Tower Hamlets, who has become the first ever Respect councillor to join the Conservatives. This makes the Conservatives the second biggest grouping on the Council with eight members.

Again, Hunter notes that these defections were not noted on Lib Dem Voice (-:

Amusing note sent to Hunter - Lib Dem Highgate campaign under fire from Derek Faye!


Dear Hunter,

I am writing to you now because I have received no satisfaction from Mr Neil Williams regarding my complaint. Last week, I was canvassed for this Highgate by-election by a Liberal Democrat representative. Looking down at his electoral roll, he asked if they could have my support and I said 'well yes, dear, I've always been one for the Lib Dems.' Then he said 'I see you live here with a Mr Leonard Mincing, can I assume...?' Assume! Ever since mother passed on, God rest her soul, and my friend Leonard moved in from Herons Lea over the way to give me a bit of company, people will assume! Well, I said to him: 'How very dare you!' He then said he was only asking if he could assume Leonard was one for the Lib Dems too, but I know what he meant. I ask you, just because I haven't met the right girl yet and share a flat and a Franklin Mint Collection with a man who has a different surname, people think we're living in HarinGAY not Highgate! If you ask me, the whole Lib Dem operation here in Haringey reeks of impertinence!

Yours sincerely, dear,


Mr Derek Faye


High Sheldon

Highgate, N6.

Meow! Now, Hunter knows perfectly well that Derek Faye in a camp character, created by Catherine Tate, who denies his sexuality. Nevertheless, it's an amusing letter (unknown author) which may even bring a small smile to the Humourless Bitch!

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Lib Dems fall for candidate's quack remedy


Hunter notes with considerable interest that the local Lib Dems are boasting that Rachel Allison, their Crouch End-based candidate in the current Highgate by-election, has recently created a cold sore remedy. This 'discovery' has yet to make it into The Lancet or, for that matter, any other respected medical journal. Having done a Google search, Hunter discovered the website for her product, Mya Balm, contains no information as to what's in it - just gushing testimonials from 'customers'.

Hunter suspects that, like homeopaths and acupuncturists, she has NO hard evidence to prove it does any good. Apparently 'trials are being carried out ' (so we are told). This begs the question why she appears to be selling the balm when it has not yet been given the all clear or shown to be clinically effective?

According to Google, not a single independent expert of a scientific background has endorsed her product. Why would the LibDems want to be associated with someone who is flogging what appears to be a quack remedy online?

Perhaps because, like voting for Lib Dems, the balm may have a short-lasting placebo effect, with bugger all long-term effect!


PS. Hunter suggests that, if she hasn't done so already, Ms. Allison gets in touch with the MHRA, the government body which grants marketing approval for the sale of products making medicinal claims or she might fall foul of the law. A quick email to alexis.edwards@mhra.gsi.gov.uk should help to clear matters up - quicker than you can say 'Mya Balm'!