Apparently, Labour's current candidate in Moseley, Bill Lees was posting a throwaway comment on a messageboard about mingers from Kings Heath. The Lib Dems, electronically aware as always, have found that Google searching reveals much. Guys - it was a single comment five years ago. If we were to go digging into the cyber backgrounds of some Lib Dem candidates and councillors, do you think that they'd have done anything to offend their voters online? The outraged resident quoted in The Stirrer is a former Lib Dem candidate and us politicians can do outrage on demand - especially if there's a journalist about willing to swallow our latest story.
Bill comments on the Stirrer message board
I had no recollection whatever of having said anything of the kind, but after a little investigation, I discovered that it is lifted from a message board that no longer exists, on a website that no longer exists, and was supposedly posted more than 5 years ago. The website in question, Eye on Moseley, was, as anyone who remembers it will recognise, in its entirety satirical in tone and intent. One of the things that it satirised was an alleged tendency of Moseley people to look down on their neighbours in King's Heath, and my recollection of the quote that Martin Mullaney and Ian Galloway have presumably been keeping stashed away somewhere is that it was part of a contribution to that particular strand of satire. An out-of-context quote from a fragment of cyber-space dug up from more than 5 years ago can in no way be said to be representative of my views....
The people of King's Heath should be and will be rather more concerned about the shameful way in which Liberal Democrat Councillors have actively colluded with their chums the Tories for the past 3 years in diverting cash away from areas like Moseley & King's Heath to well-off areas of Sutton Coldfield. Emily Cox must be worried indeed if she is prompting her colleagues to attempt smears such as this one.
Besides, if we're digging up skeletons about candidates, what about the lovely Emily's own (more recent) history?
Speaking of Mingers - for the Lib Dems are all loyal Mingers now, since dumping on Charlie K - here's another story from history. Five years ago, Naim Ahmed was a Labour candidate for the Aston ward in Birmingham and seemingly a safe bet to win a council seat. Then the party discovered some question marks over his receipt of disability grant money and dropped him like a hot potato. One election petition against the eventual Labour victor later - which was unceremoniously thrown out of court - and Naim Ahmed starts his waltz between parties in search of a seat. First he went to the PJP and then he joined the Liberal Democrats - ever the home of the opportunist. Now, he's resurfaced as their candidate in Aston this year and his determination to win is such that he's returned to the lawyers and had his name changed to ensure that his is the first name on the ballot paper - worth an extra few votes. In Australia, where voting is compulsory, being atop the paper is a bonus because of the 'donkey vote,' where people go in and vote for the first person on the paper just to discharge their legal duty.
Meet Saeed Aehmed, who denies that this is a cynical ploy
Now we know that isn't true, don't we? Even the electoral roll doesn't agree with him.
'It is not true that this is all a trick... I changed my name by deed poll more than a month ago and Saeed Aehmed is the proper spelling. It is the name I am always known by.'
Allegations of cheap tactics and mudslinging were denied by John Aardvark-Hemming.
Meanwhile, the Lib Dems have discovered that people who appear to have assented to the nomination of BNP candidates don't remember doing so. Remarkably, a black woman and a Muslim seem to have signed up to back a party actively opposed to their very existence in this country.