Amazingly enough, although Praguetory has criticised Labour's selection process, the Tories selected Tony Lit, a director of Sunrise Radio and a man who has
Tony is, of course, not his real name and there is nobody of that name registered to vote in Ealing or Chiswick (where Tony actually lives - despite one potential Tory candidate being told that an Ealing resident was being selected). Tom Watson notes
It appears that almost the only time that the Conservative candidate is Tony Lit is when he is campaigning in Ealing and Southall. In Chiswick, where he claims to live, as in Richmond, where he used to live, it appears that he is Surinderpal Singh Lit. In his business directorships, he is sometimes Tony Surinderpal Lit, usually Surinderpal Singh Lit, and only occasionally (when working with Himalaya Shows, Events and Exhibitions Ltd) is he Tony Lit.It seems that the Tories have learnt from the Lib Dems, who ran Parmjit Singh Gill in the Asian areas of Leicester, but the slightly-less Asian Parmjit Gill in the white-majority wards. Back then, Iain Dale was highly critical, calling this tactic racist. Clearly, that's a different issue from calling Surinderpal Singh Lit, Tony Lit.
Liberal Democrat Voice joins in the festivities and Sunny over at Pickled Politics draws out some interesting comments, with comments like this about the new Tory councillors:
I know enough to know that Gurcharan is an opportunistic trouble making fool.or
This really is not a terrible thing for local Labour people. The bullying from this Sikh old boy and his pals was very offensive indeed. If they start doing it to Cameron I’ll be very happy about that. While Piara Khabra stood for a secular and united constituency Gurcharan Singh appears to stand for a separatist Sikh state, for becoming a candidate with menaces, for turbans over politics, for men over women.or
Gurcharan Singh will stand for anything, he just wants a position of power. At one time he was even supporting the congress party, he doesn’t really care about human rights violations. He will jump on any bandwagon to get votes….hmm the tories sound like his kind of party