Friday, 5 June 2009

Reading West selection

Well. You never know. Patsy Powers might just make an exception, stand down the Reading West short list already drawn up and sweep Mr Salter back into office. Maybe. While gordon Brown is looking the other way. If I were Nasty Naz Sarkar or Dangerous Denise Headley (who is getting more votes and is set to overtake Paul "PG Tips" Gittings) - see my little poll on the right - I would take a very dim view indeed. Oranjepan (who is not that little ginger bloke John Wood, cannot possibly be, oh no) rather oddly publishes a link to a letter from the only credible candidate for Reading West, Mark Bennett, who did not make the short list on the grounds of being a white bloke who is capable and intelligent and a hard worker and unlikely to let himself be bossed about by Mr Salter and the corrupt gang on the Labour Group. Oranjepan does however note that Mr Salter's fraudulent expenses past is closing in on him - you can tell it is when not only does he change his story from "I never claimed for a second home" to "I have claimed nothing since 2001" but His Master's Voice changes the story on its website to that too.

update: the following is an extract from Mr S's Westminster Diary:

First of all can I say thank you to all those people who have been emailing or calling my office, urging me to reconsider my decision to stand down at the next election after 25 years in public life in Reading. Whilst I appreciate all the kind things that have been said, I’m afraid my mind is made up. I’m very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life and to using what skills and experience I’ve amassed to benefit the work of a national charity.

Which charity is going to make him Chief Executive? I do hope it is not the one my niece has rather an important job in. Anyone got intelligence or suggestions?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Labours now dead in the water - Reading West is a complete irrelevance - no chance there whatsoever - if Labour were a dog you'd have it put down,General Election NOW - let's finish them off!

St Martin S, Reading said...

It's a reshuffle! It's a reshuffle!

I think that my years of dedicated service might finally be rewarded.

St Martin S, Reading said...

"I had a dream my life would be,
So different from this hell I'm living,
So different now from what it seemed,
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed."

Jonathan said...

I get the feeling this is only slightly more important than the Monster Raving Looney Party selection vote.

Anonymous said...

It is quite bizarre how the Evening Post studiously ignores the pre-2001 situation despite allusions to it in the comments on the 'Salter-to-rise-from-dead' story.

But who knows, perhaps one day they'll employ a real investigative journalist instead of the cut'n'pasters they currently have.

Anonymous said...

This is the last straw. When will the national media stop protecting him?

Anonymous said...

Charity may be (1) fishing (2) rivers environemntal (3) Gurkhas (4) internet images (5) anti-fascist

Anonymous said...

I see that Raj Chada wrote a letter to the Guardian telling everyone how he had come and done 16 hours of work for the Labour Party in Reading on Polling Day.

Was said...

> When will the national media stop protecting him?

Private Eye as well ;)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Salter is going to the Lords? - Lord Salter of Dustybin perhaps!

howard thomas said...

Jonathan------is that the Monster Raving Looney party whose member Lord Toby Jug beat the Labour party candidates at the council election in St Ives.
He reckons his success was due to the fact that the Loonies had the saner policies!!!
As he is already a Lord perhaps Gordon brown will give him a cabinet position!!

Anonymous said...

Stuart Singleton-White (Fraudsters friend), John '59' Howarth and David Sutton hope, as they did in Reading East, just for the selection to be poor enough to make sure that the people of Reading West elect a Tory. So that their work is almost completed. Only a Tory run RBC left then for the boys to be truly happy. For Howarth the loss to the Tories of Reading West has the added bonus of allowing him to go round saying that no-one is as good as his love, Salter. QED.