Great day out with Coleford Branch on Saturday. We held a stall and I met my soon to be #Coleford constituents while others were delivering and talking to people. In the afternoon we leafleted in #Bream.
My message is I was born at the #Dilke, grew up in #Ruardean, have spent my working life in the area and am 30 years a local Councillor and community volunteer.
Mark Harper is none of these. He is a professional politician. I know this constituency in my bones. Mark Harper does not.
No amount of pictures on his leaflet showing him all over makes up for the fact that we hear more about his support for his party and leader than his representation of us.
People are talking to me about the difficulty of getting GP appointments, slowness in getting treatments, medicines being unavailable, beds in residential care disappearing, young students being told they can not take A levels, no child play areas, loss of bus routes …. Not really surprising given the Tories have cut £40billion from departmental spend.
Their new spending commitments barely touch the surface froth of the problems to caused by the limited vision of austerity. Their cuts and privatisation took services to private companies. Last week a constituent told of a care company handing back the care contract because they could nit make money.
#Austerity will not be over until there is real investment in a sustainable future and collectively funded, publicly owned and run services. The discussion about what to do if Thomas Cook fails is interesting. It costs more to the nation for them to go under than for the government to invest in a support deal. Austerity has cost so many people so much and its legacy is will wind its way through a lack of opportunity for coming generations as the economy flatlines, productivity falls and business investment is at an all time low.
And then there is Boris. Those who support No Deal argue it is pushing through the referendum decision. No Deal was not on the ballot paper. To suspend parliament was anti-democratic. To even tentatively imply a willingness to ignore a law passed in parliament is very, very worrying.
Lots of people across the political spectrum are concerned and ask the question if this time, when next? Is Boris a man to be trusted with leadership of the country.