An open letter to local Lib Dem David Schmitz


Dear David,

During the recent Seven Sisters Ward by-election, you circulated an enormous amount of literature, some of which actually concerned Haringey Council. However, you did not cover Foreign Affairs.

I am enclosing a copy of a leaflet which your political colleagues in Redbridge are circulating. Interestingly it does cover foreign affairs, although Redbridge Council, like that in Haringey, does not have a foreign policy. It refers to Gaza, speaks of worldwide protest and then later refers to the Conservative leader of Redbridge by name (Cllr Alan Weinberg).

All 3 main parties in the Seven Sisters by-election were represented by members of the Jewish community. As one of those candidates and as a Liberal Democrat, do you support such literature being distributed by your Lib Dem colleagues? Do you believe that such literature promotes community cohesion in a neighbourhood where Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Sikh and Christian live side by side? Can you give a reason for naming Cllr Weinberg, when no other councillor of any other party is mentioned by name - other than that your party is a) courting the Muslim vote and b)Cllr Weinberg has a surname which many will recognise as Jewish? Why does your party introduce foreign affairs into a local election in Redbridge but not in Haringey, Enfield or Bexley - where there have also been local by-elections in the past few weeks? Do you believe that foreign affairs is a relevant issue for a local authority by election?

I have circulated this request to the press and look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

JUSTIN HINCHCLIFFE

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well spotted! The ghastly LibDems really are the Nasty Party like Cllr Goldberg says--and a cynical 'Local Franchise Party' too, I might add!

Anonymous said...

Bastards!

GA said...

And the Conservatives never run on national government issues in local government campaigns?

David Allen said...

Grow up, GA! The point about national issues in local campaigning is hardly the most important one in this case. I thought the issue was that Redbridge LibDems appear to be willing to play on presumed anti0semitic sentiment amongst some Muslim voters in order to gain party-political advantage. Perhaps you'd like to comment on that instead?!

Anonymous said...

Remind me, what was the result in the Tory target ward of Valentines, in which this leaflet was distributed by the 3rd place Lib Dems?

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

It shows, sadly, such disgraceful techniques work in certain areas...