stop digging, of course. Cllr Matt Rodda (Lab, Katesgrove) said he had lobbied the Planning Inspectorate over a local planning issue. Cllr Warren Swaine (LD, Katesgrove, defeated Dictatorship Dave "moronic members of the public" Sutton) did a FoI request which indicated that he hadn't. Cllr Rodda had, of course, done plenty of media, including the hackneyed "open a bottle of champagne on the site", which I remember doing in 1993, and not since. Caught lying to the electorate, Cllr Rodda sprang into action. His Master's Voice faithfully copied out Cllr Rodda's protestations that the dog had eaten the emails he said he'd sent, thusly:
|His Master's Voice|
the Chronicle actually talked to both sides:
notice two things here: (1) Cllr Rodda expresses "sadness" that Cllr Swaine would stoop so low as to "criticise a local councillor". Diddums. That's politics, matey. It's not all champagne and Martin Salter's bottom and hagiographic pieces in the Reading Evening Post.
(2) the person actually standing for election for Labour in Katesgrove ward is Rose Williams, a fine person in my view and a former Mayor of Reading, one of the best. She is nowhere to be seen in all this. In her place I wouldn't be, either. But why did Cllr Rodda, in his creepy little stunt based on lies, never mention Rose or include her? He must have thought the whole thing was a good idea to have gone to the bother of making up a story that he had lobbied for local people, so why not try to give the candidate a boost? She's a girl, after all, and Reading Labour have got some ground to make up on misogyny.