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During the campaign, I shall become aware of what other
candidates or their supporting parties are saying about issues.
This is where I'll try to comment on them.
The object of this is to try to expand on simplistic propaganda. There's usually a lot of that. Its intention is to sway your vote in favour of the writer or a party ticket or against an opponent or another party ticket.
My intention is to give you more information, if I can. I'll put in some links, which should open in a separate window so that you can then read my comments alongside what others say.
Some would say that I'm taking a risk by giving out links to my opponents' propaganda. I take the view that you can make your own comparisons. I'll live with what you decide.
They also claim credit for things that they certainly haven't
done alone. That's a favourite political trick. For example,
the impression is given that Lib Dems were the prime movers
behind establishing West Devon Homes (WDH).
Click here to see the whole truth.
There's also a commitment in their Manifesto section to what I think is creating a single-party "Cabinet" at West Devon. Click here for why that bothers me.
Finally, I note that they are playing an electoral game with the issue of Genetically Modified foods. Click here for a comment on this.
They report on a recent survey of local opinion and say that local Conservatives have established themselves as a true 'community first' council group. The thrust of their campaign site's argument is that they will listen to residents' views and make "fair and reasonable judgements on issues facing the community".
There isn't a lot to argue with, as it is clearly based on local, rather than national policy issues. I note from the candidate's leaflet that she is opposed to Regional Government, which clearly distinguishes her position from that of the Lib Dem group. I am also strongly opposed to lumbering us with yet another layer of urban-focussed local government: click here to see why.
Independent Councillor Margaret Garton (Buckland Monachorum) has a new website (10 April) at www.margaretgarton.com . Her views on independent candidates are worth reading.
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