The nominations for next month’s Tupsley by-election have been announced and it’s already a pretty forgone conclusion which of the three candidates will get elected.
The Tories have fielded would-be drains-on-your-council-tax in both the city and county elections, both of whom don’t even live in the area.
Their county council hopeful is one Jason Kay, owner of the Aylestone Court Hotel, and is apparently “already well-known to many local residents through his work as a city councillor”. Never heard of him. Never seen his face before, never got a newsletter from him. Who is he?
His election leaflet is all style and no substance: “Jason has a proven track record of getting things done for residents in the Tupsley ward.” Despite this his leaflet doesn’t list one single Tupsley achievement. Instead it gives a list of city-wide events he’s helped organised as part of his career in tourism.
Still, you could find out for yourself what Jason’s been doing over these past few years that he’s been a city councillor. “Come and meet Jason,” his leaflet invites, he’s holding a drop-in surgery at the Rose Garden on Ledbury Road. Except all you ‘hardworking people’ out there won’t be able to go because it’ll all be over before 5.30pm, just as you’re maybe thinking about leaving work. Well dodged, Jason.
Enclosed with the leaflet is the obligatory questionnaire (the mark of a councillor who’s out of touch with his constituents if ever there was one. NB: The Hereford Heckler does not condone sending bricks or any other heavy items to the freepost address provided).
Despite clearly not being up to the job, Jesse ‘stupid grin, “golly, what a frightfully nice chap”‘ Norman gives the thumbs up: “Jason … is hardworking and independent minded, with a big heart.”
A Tory with a ‘big heart’. LOL.