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I’ve had the dubious pleasure of reading the latest Tory election literature, complete with its spelling mistakes (Cleethopres and ABS when they mean ASB for anti-social behaviour). I presume of course it is aimed at the local elections, for no individual candidates are listed, instead we get mug shots and words of non-wisdom from both Nici and Vickers.

Once more they are trying to take credit for all the developments that are only taking place thanks to the efforts of the past Labour administration. Which doesn’t surprise me, as Jackson’s team have been woefully lacking when it comes to new ideas and innovation.

Recycling gets a mention,particularly the new wheely bins, another idea stolen from Labour, but not the fact that each of the shining new bins will only be collected once a month. When in fact they promised to collect weekly in the last Tory manifesto!

We hear about the “dancing lights” along Cleethorpes North prom, whatever they are supposed to be. Like the folly of a 72-foot-high artificial Palm Tree, this isn’t the kind of thing residents still struggling to deal with the affects of Covid want to hear.

Anti-social behaviour is apparently dropped by 44% over the past 5 years. Good news yes, but the Tories have conveniently forgotten that Labour were in office for most of this time and set in motion the change in fortunes. And of course, the forced closure of shops and pubs thanks to Covid has meant less people out on the streets potentially causing trouble. Nothing to do with “the way we work with the police”, whose Police and Crime Commissioner is none other than Labour’s Keith Hunter!

The Tories are welcome to brag about the new roundabout at the junction of Littlecoates Road and Cambridge Road, for have you seen the chaos outside Fairways Care Home and the new temporary traffic lights?  Given that work started over a year ago, I’d have thought this was something to keep quiet about.

Oh, and there’s nothing about the sharp rise in Council Tax – surprise, surprise! Yet with a Tory Government at Westminster allied to Tory control locally, voters know who is to blame for having to dig deeper in their pockets. And let’s hope they’ll use May 6th to punish those responsible.


Tim Mickleburgh.

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