Monday, 1 October 2012

Reading Labour in big trouble

or they should be.  For many years they have illegally used council tax payers' money for party political purposes, leading former MP Martin Salter to say, entirely accurately, "the council delivers my election leaflets".  Council premises have routinely been provided free of charge for party meetings, council resources used to promote candidates for election, council "campaigns" used in furtherance of the internal politics of Reading Labour, planning committees politically whipped - you get the picture.  None of this is new.  But in the age of Twitter and other online media (ffs, Twitter has been going since 2006, get with the programme, people) they've started putting this stuff in writing.  New councillor Richard Davies (Lab, Caversham) might be forgiven for tweeting that a Reading Borough council meeting about school places in east Reading was "our meeting" because of his naivety and inexperience, but the official Twitter feed of Reading and District Labour Party?  My man in the Civic Offices feels that an official complaint may be about to ping into someone's inbox, very soon indeed.


Anonymous said...

Think perhaps 'Big Trouble' is a bit of an overstatement. They are in control of the Council? They would have made the decision to hold the meeting?

Pursue the RCRE money, that's more interesting.

Jane Griffiths said...

the party saying it was their meeting when it was a council meeting is a lie. Corruption is corruption, whether it be RCRE money or other money, and the Reading Labour Group leadership is corrupt.