"It has been said before that politicians will do anything for your vote. But Labour MP Stella Creasy has resorted to tactics probably last used during her days manning the hustings at student elections.
Appealing to her Twitter followers to urge their MPs to back a proposal that would give the Financial Services Authority powers to tackle irresponsible doorstep lending, Ms Creasy has offered to make cake for ‘the best celeb’ to retweet information about her campaign.
She may be vehemently against loansharking, but a touch of bribery appears to be OK. Or maybe she just sees it as a trifling matter…"
Presumably the antoinettical offer to let people eat cake was made before Ms creasy's campaign to amend the Finance Bill so spectacularly failed, bringing a rather less sickly sweet, but maybe more authentic, side of our local MP's personality out into the open.
On another note, I am wondering whether it might be time for Ms Creasy to stop talking down the neighbourhood so much. I know I also have a tendancy to draw attention to some unsavoury aspects of life in Walthamstow from time to time, but her constant and much more public anti-Walthamstow High Street propaganda is causing local traders trying to draw the public's attention to the many attractions of the neighbourhood as a shopping destination to feel somewhat frustrated. This is especially so when they read comments in the national press based on her and Clyde Loakes' latest efforts to talk the area down in pursuit of their other political agendas.
Thus it is that the Guardian is today claiming Walthamstow's High Street is one that best typifies Britain's economic gloom. Actually, as much as I can see many things that can be improved, our High Street is a far far better place to shop than many other places. Shopping in Walthamstow High Street can be fun. It has many interesting, even delightful, places to find the kinds of goods and service which are no longer obtainable in other parts of the country, let alone at affordable prices. Yes, we do have too many pawn shops and bookies, but we also have many fabric shops, independent clothes shops and interesting independent food shops (if you stay out of the high-rent land of the bland in the Mall). We also have higher shop occupancy rates than most places and there are some very interesting things to be had on the market, even if many locals who don't get to other towns to see how drab they really are these days tend to be blasé.
Should Ms Creasy be looking for a campaign she can be more successful at than her efforts against the payday lenders, how about her trying to get a more positive press from her leftie pals at the Guardian and at the BBC for the High Street's many existing small businesses?