Leader’s crystal ball

23 Apr

Paul Diviani’s election leaflet has infuriated voters, it seems.

Already sent out, the leaflet  has a photo with the caption, ‘Paul attended the opening of the new play area in Stockland in April this year’.

A hopping-mad local resident  says, “This is quite a feat as the event does not take place until this Saturday (27th).  I find it sad that he has to mislead people in this way about a project that involved a lot of hard work by village residents.”
The current EDDC Leader is standing in the Honiton St Paul’s Ward, for the Devon County Council Elections on 2nd May.
SIN readers may like to be reminded of two earlier posts  Misleading Leader (31/10/2012) , and Questions to EDDC Leader (03/11/2012)
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4 Responses to “Leader’s crystal ball”

  1. Sandra Semple April 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Councillor Diviani had better hope that nothing unexpected turns up which means that he is not able to attend the event!

    I saw a lot of this when I was (briefly!) a town councillor. Various people would work their socks off getting something done and then the politicals would move in and claim credit for something that they had no input into at all.

    At one particular event, a politico who had nothing whatsoever to do with the project – never having attended a meeting or a fundraising event or doing the inevitable dogsbody work that everyone else had done – turned up unanounced and pushed a way to the front of a photo op! Result: paper published photo and everyone believed something that was not true.

    This happens an awful lot at election time – voter beware!

  2. Marker April 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Wow, Marker says Sid is in fact very political wanting Diviani out… Who are Sid Ind News ? Communists?

  3. Sandra Semple April 24, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Sorry, Marker, but you see conspiracy theories everywhere. My comment above relates to those of ALL political persuasions and even none. Some of the “charitable” organisations can also be very quick at coming forward to claim credit for things that they were not involved in at all. I may be wrong, but I don’t think charitable organisations are allowed to be political.

    If you can find any instances of councillors of any other party making claims in the same way as Councillor Diviani, please feel free to bring them to the attention of blog authors as I am sure they will publish the information.

    You seem to think that the ruling party is out of bounds for criticism. Why is this? Bear in mind that the ruling party has around (I think) at least 75% of seats so it would not be unreasonable for ruling party councillors to be mentioned more than others. Were another party in that position, I am sure that they would be receiving a similar amount of attention. Elections are not just for potential councillors or their parties to puff themselves up – they are also for us to hold our elected politicians to account. We cannot do this with silence.

    I for one am happy to put my name to my personal comments but I defend the right of those (such as yourself) who wish to remain anonymous.

  4. Not A Developer April 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Marker has made voting very difficult for me. He or she appears to think that if you are not a Conservative who criticises this blog you must automatically be a Communist. That puts me in a real conundrum now as I do read this blog, I despise what councillors in this area have done in the name of Conservatism (which is not the same as despising the Conservative Party, it is a totally different thing) and I can find no Communists standing for election in East Devon! Now what do I do!

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