a correspondent has been following with some interest the besieging of Reading by government ministers, as have I. I was pleased to see that this time, unlike in 2005 when Martin Salter scuppered his visit, Jack Straw actually had some people listening to him in Reading East. Anyway, this is what the correspondent has to say, and I think they are right.
in one photo, JS was framed by both candidates.
In my view, as per bloody usual, the Party has listened to Salter and his ridiculous gobbing off about increasing the majority in R West and re-gaining R East.
They didn't listen to the truth about Reading and Peterborough in 2005 and previously and look where it got them?
Peterborough now reduced to 2 Labour councillors - one an ex Tory Muslim defector and on target to come third, and Reading East lost because of the selection and protection of a sex offender.
I suspect that Rob Wilson will increase his majority and Reading West is already a goner. But it was ever thus and that is why we are on course for Tory landslide.
Peterborough and Reading are bellwethers for what is wrong with the Labour Party nationally - unfortunately
I know, I know, I have always said it would be a hung parliament, and a lot will hang on tonight's debate, but still...