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It’s like “intellectual theft”

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Ahmed Khan and Jim Hodgson formulate “policy” for the South Tyneside Independent Alliance!

Local government elections in South Tyneside can be quite amusing things at times, and this year proves to be little different from previous years. In the Beacon and Bents ward of South Shields Jim Hodgson is the candidate for the South Tyneside Independent Alliance and his agent is Cllr. Ahmed Khan, and I have criticised them in the past (often) for being somewhat “policy lite” with a long record of negative campaigning or being short on ideas, initiatives, or firm alternative policies. Well it looks as though they are at last attempting to remedy the situation.

Take a look at Jim’s leaflet:

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They want to support a system of 30 minutes free car parking in South Shields town centre followed by a system of increasing parking charges for up to full day parking in an attempt to discourage bay hoggers I assume, they are also calling for “equitable “parking charges.

A theme that you might just be familiar with seeing as I have continuously banged the drum here for quite a while:

Oh, and they also like to look at the feasibility of covering the Market Square and King Street

How about their ideas to maximise the South Tyneside as a tourist destination (remember they fully opposed the development of a new hotel at Gypsies Green and wanted to blight all development at the sea front park area), a winter festival might be a bright new fresh idea then, eh?

There comes a point where you have to start to think that these ideas are nothing short of intellectual theft – originality does not seem to be one of their strong points does it?

Here’s another nice idea for the council – develop a system of openness, accountability and integrity! Great idea, after all it’s exactly what the Independent Alliance is built upon, that’s right the same group of people who won’t allow their supporters to even talk about the things that go one in their own meetings, the same people who refuse to register their party with the Electoral Commission, the very same people who won’t allow the public to see into their finances! Take a look at this protocol from the South Tyneside Independent Alliance

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The content of the meetings, the views expressed, the decisions taken, and the actions planned by the Alliance are to be confidential unless a campaign meeting decides otherwise.

Have you ever seen such two faced duplicitous hypocrisy?

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Written by curly

April 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

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  1. Tell me Curly is this “protocol” chapter and verse?
    Seems that it fell down on the clause,” All views expressed will be treated with respect…..” Once members realised that gaining respect hinged on kow – towing to the Branley fiefdom they began to back off at a rate of knots.


    April 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    • Yes I believe it is chapter verse, authentic, real I am, genuine and all that, so I couldn’t agree more!


      April 26, 2010 at 11:38 pm

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