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The expenses row continues to provide “challenges”

Yes, of course, it must be as difficult being a Conservative Parliamentary candidate as it is a Labour or Liberal Democrat, particularly if the sitting MP has been feathering his/her nest at the tax payers’ expense. Go at them like an attack dog and you can be sure that the ripostes will shortly be winging their way in your direction, with examples of worse “troughers” amongst your lot, being thrown at you by your opponents. There will always be a bigger and nastier attack dog around the next corner!

So it is a challenge, as Eric Pickles recognises (and he’s felt the heat on BBC’s Question Time about second homes) but he doesn’t want any Tory candidates to get “nasty”, he wants them to be careful, and moderate with their language.

“They are going to have to be really careful about it. It’s going to have to be measured, judged, reasonable, completely truthful… and on a very straightforward basis: otherwise the message will be forgotten and it is the language which will be remembered.”

There ought not to be any problems at all if more and more Conservative PPCs are chosen by open primaries, and the shortlists only contain men and women of the highest integrity, but that, of course, will be a long way off in the future. At the next general election the expenses issue will still be a factor in many constituencies, although by then it will be lower down electors’ lists of priorities behind the economy, and those who are able to articulate a clear positive message of  how Parliament is to operate in a “clean environment” and are true to their word will have the most advantage.

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Written by curly

August 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Posted in Conservative, Money, News, politics

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