Battle bus marketing goes viral
Hercule the 2cv may be a little elderly but he is much more useful than a bicycle for getting stakeboards around the town. Even though he has to be driven with the roof off.
Why is this? (I hear you ask)
Because the stakes are too high!
Er.. I’ll get me coat…
With the County Council elections now just a week away, I have just sent this leaflet around Woodbridge (click on it to enlarge )
I’ve sent it because I’m hoping that you will vote for me on May 2nd. I would love to continue to work for you and give an effective voice to the people of Woodbridge.
I’ve lived in Woodbridge for over twenty years now: I’ve sent my children to Woodbridge schools, and have relied on Woodbridge’s people for everything from shopping, to libraries, to health, to support, to friendship. The longer I have lived here, the more I have loved our town – and the people who make it what it is. I have been proud to represent us on the County Council.
Since 2008 all my work as your County Councillor has been run on the simple basis of this question: “What do the people of Woodbridge want, and how can I best represent their views?” With your permission and support I would like to continue this work in exactly the same way for another four years.
People will have already received a lot of information through their letter boxes about what I have done in the last few years and how I would like to continue this work in the future. I ran my last monthly surgery before the election in March but would be delighted – as ever – to hear any questions or suggestions by phone, or email – or even if you see me in the street! And canvassing is an excellent opportunity to talk to you on the doorstep.
Of course when you are making the important decision about who to vote for, you shouldn’t just listen to what people say – you need to look at what they have done. You can find my last leaflet here and a lot more information as to what I have been doing – in Woodbridge, and for Suffolk as a whole – if you search, or follow the links on this blog.
It’s your town, it’s your vote, it’s your decision.
I’m asking you to trust me to respect all of these and put your vote to the best use by voting for me on May 2nd
What went wrong with education in Suffolk?
Over the last 8 years we have suffered a devastating drop in attainment relative to all other English local authorities. As Suffolk schools slip inexorably down the attainment rankings – from 30th out of of 151 in in 2001-4, to the current position of 148th of 151 at primary level and 141/151 at secondary level, we have no option but to recognise that Suffolk children are being failed when the bulk of English children are not.
While we in Woodbridge have bucked the trend at our excellent schools – the league table position of Suffolk as local education authority has dropped devastatingly until we are right at the bottom of the tables at both Primary and Secondary school level. (To reiterate the above figures, Suffolk ranks 141st out of 151 English authorities at GCSE, 148th out of 151 at the end of Primary school). The table below shows the decline in Suffolk students’ attainment at GCSE level over the last 12 years.
The red line (at around the 30 ranking) is where Suffolk was in the league tables in the years of the Suffolk Lib/Lab Coalition. The line in blue – dropping immediately, steadily and inexorably downward – shows what has happened to Suffolk’s ‘ ranking over the last 8 years of Conservative (mis)management.
And what this table shows clearly is a drop that coincides precisely with this Suffolk Conservative administration’s tenure – and policies. This drop has nothing to do with a decline in national standards, because it is relative to all other parts of the country. It is hard to believe it is the teachers’ fault when the same teachers were producing such good attainment up to 2004.
Longterm LibDem leader Kathy Pollard links this drop inexorably to the shift in political priorities of an ideologically motivated Conservative council.
And the result? Basically, Suffolk children are being failed when the bulk of English children are not.
It is time to tell the Conservatives that we must put our children first!