Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Callum Higgins, has given his name to a leaflet which simply invites criticism
Firstly there's that statement
If you chose to vote Labour, you'll be voting for Labour representation who will fight to protect the facilities and services that you and this community value ,we will push back against the Tory?Plaid cuts that are hurting families and get the best deal for you.Tory/Plaid cuts maybe its a misprint and should be Tory/Lib Dem but I doubt it but for the record maybe a PPC should know what the power structure is
Westminster has a Tory/Lid Dem coalition with a Labour opposition which has publicly stated it will not reverse the cuts
:"I'm not heading into this expecting popularity. Quite the opposite.
"We won't be able to undo the cuts that the have been felt in recent years, and I know this will be disappointing for many people."
: "A more limited pot of money will have to be spent on a smaller number of priorities. Lower priorities will get less."
Chris Leslie, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, May 2014
Carmarthen Council is a Labour led Coalition with the Independents but they of which Calum is a member are not responsible for any cuts there.
A number Community Councils some of which are Plaid controled or Plaid led.
Labour desperately point to a vote by Llanelli council to defer a motion by labour councilors to defer the Fire Authority from cutting the number of Fire fighter working at Llanelli fire Station.
Only this was made after the leaflet went out.
The other worrying aspect is which makes Labour's latest leaflet drop in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr something of a mystery, with Calum s telling readers that he is contacting them because "if you wanted to vote at any election, you couldn't - because you are not on the electoral register", before going on to reassure them that he can help.
This is misleading as if you are already on the register you will remain there.
Calum's offer of help would only apply to new voters and as we now move individual registration Politicians have a duty not to abuse the process .
There's nothing to suggest corrupt practises on the alleged Tower Hamlets scale but we must be ever watchful and that includes Calum Higgins who I am sure would be appalled by such practises.
But telling people they are not registers to vote when they are and providing them with forms that most may not need potentially causing unnecessary work forr his hard up council is irresponsible
But one thing is clear the sheer ignorance of this leaflet points to him being unsuitable for the role as a MP .
Indeed one wonders what political position is suitable for?
In the USA were they vote for many public positions they might say Dog Catcher,