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Ahmed Khan disappointed with election results

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Strange quote from South Tyneside councillor

Coun Ahmed Khan, of the Independent Alliance, admitted it had been a disappointing night for his political group, but believes the results were a result of a “general election factor”.

He added: “Asking voters to cast votes on the same day caused some confusion, but the net result is that we have only lost one seat.”

Confusion? I’m confused.

Is he saying that we cannot read?

Is he saying we are colour blind and cannot tell the difference between green and white paper?

Is he saying that we don’t know the difference between Big Ben and Little Jane?

Is he saying that we don’t know the difference between a party and a family?

Is he saying the electorate in South Tyneside are a bunch of thickos?

Y’know, I’m pretty disappointed that we have that sad bunch on the council at all.

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Written by curly

May 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

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  1. I am very anti-Labour but I could not in all conscience vote with the Independant Alliance this time around. I was well aware of how I was casting my vote and what the green form was for. The truth is there is too much that seems a bit hush-hush about the Independant Alliance. We need openness, transparency and decency.

    Therefore I took my vote that has went to them and gave it to another candidate whom I preferred. Nothing to do with the general election at all and Councillor Khan would do better than to patronise people.


    May 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm

  2. Well, Curly I took my 90 year old sister in law in her wheel chair to the polling station (none of this fancy postal voting for her) and she had no problem at all.
    When you are in a hole, Ahmed, stop digging.


    May 7, 2010 at 11:44 pm

  3. Correct me if I am wrong but were not the Independent Alliance only defending the one seat? This being Victor Thompson’s ex seat at Westoe? Therefore to lose it and to then claim “we have only lost one seat” is confusion personified.

    Confused? You certainly are Ahmed!


    May 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    • Isn’t the one seat loss equivalent to 14.3% of their total seats?
      I would say that looks a bit more significant than the spin that Cllr. Khan presents to us – unless I’m getting confused.


      May 8, 2010 at 12:12 am

      • I think the alliance had high hopes in seats like Biddick Hall where the majority for the Labour candidate was only four last time round. They chose to unleash their attack dogs and mounted a scurrilous campaign of personal attacks, smears and innuendo. This rebounded on them because whilst decent folk don’t mind attacks on financial probity, voting records and cuncil work you cross a line when delving into someone’s private life.Voters were disgusted and responded accordingly.
        It is particularly ironic when the attackers themselves are not whiter than white.


        May 8, 2010 at 9:03 am

  4. Sorry majority in Biddick Hall last time was ten not four.


    May 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

  5. well said about the attacks by the “Independents” in Biddick and All Saints ….no doubt the high point for their candidate has passed and it is time for the pipe and slippers and the odd visit to ther Coonciol Chamber to cheer on his mates ???

    david robinson

    May 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

  6. I think the Indie Party are split between the wannabe intellectuals – Branley et al – & the attack dogs led by Khan. The leaflets put out by the Indie Party in Biddick & All Saints were appallingly personal & nasty against Olive Punchion. Whatever your poltical allegiance, when you have that type of attack against a hard working councillor like Olive, you can only do one thing & that’s hurt them where it matters – at election time with your vote. Also, I think Steve Pattison’s political career (& I use “poltical” in the loosest sense of the word) is over, especially as he’s living in Whiteleas now. Watch out Bill & Ernest & Terry too!


    May 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

  7. Pattison is known and remembered from when he lived in Whiteleas before. Several of his old neighbours speak none to highly of him. So if he starts throwing the mud it might rebound on him as people start remembering.
    It may well be that Kraig( so much more distinguished than plain old Craig!) White son of Geraldine nephew of Karen Nicholson may step into the breach. Pity Karen won’t get a chance but the headlines in the Gazette archives about her murky past mean she can never stand.


    May 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

  8. Khan said they only lost one seat – correct me if I am wrong curly but they were only defending one seat?

    Any truth in rumours that Branley faces a challenge for her inept handling of her group, pissing off all the opposition parties, having record numbers of complaints from the public against them, packing out the indies with her own family and generally being an all round utter failure?

    but who to be the new leader….?

    White – who allegedly isn’t whiter than white
    Khan – who thinks electors are thickos
    Finch – who is as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike
    A Branley – will he attend the selection meeting?
    Waddle – who is too busy trying to get conferences off Malcolm or…

    …Hodgson – who would jump at a conference and defect to Labour if Malcolm could be bothered to phone him

    a pretty sad bunch of rejects all round I think!


    May 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    • I cannot see the family matriarch being seriously challenged can you?
      After all it’s not a question of leadership, more a signal of ownership!


      May 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  9. Maybe Cllr Khan is correct but if he is has is considered that equally (using his theory)some of the labour voters got confused and then majorities would have been greater.
    The fact is for all sorts ofvarious reasons people loose elections (been there got the t shirt) but think he is clutching at straws with this answer


    May 9, 2010 at 8:13 am

  10. I think that the earlier posts suggesting that the failure of the Indies was down to the scurrilous nature of their publicity, was about right. I live in Beacon & Bents and just a few days before the election received the latest issue of “The Beacon”. It was a double sided sheet about 10 to 12 inches square and contained not ONE word about their policies or why I should vote for their candidate. Instead there was a massive attack on Cllr David Potts. Now. Please forgive me ( I am possibly one of the thickos who doesn’t know the difference between white and green ) but doesn’t Cllr Potts represent the Cleadon Area? If this is the case, can anyone tell me what that has to do with an election in Beacon & Bents?. If I hadn’t already decided not to vote Indie then this leaflet most certainly made up my mind. Getting back to the “we only lost one seat” spin, how many candidates did they field and how many were elected?


    May 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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