FOLLOWING A leaflet showdown over Wyre, finally our font of truth and wisdom, the Gasjet, has begun penning a story about the much more relevant and much more damning Crystal Road leaflets: and the article could hit the headlines on the night before the election.
Don’t expect to read anything you haven’t already been made aware of, however. The Gasjet are known for their “quantity not quality” approach, with “drunk swears at policeman” and “car stolen by youth” being the food and drink of the ailing Johnston Press rag.
As we are all aware, it is unlike the Gasjet to munch on a political hot potato like this one where the participants are all poised to serve writs on each other, and quite surprising that on the eve of the election they have suddenly taken an interest.
That said, local champion David Palmer has been photographed and interviewed, and the Gasjet cameraman indicated that he was heading to Crystal Road to photograph the property which local ratepayers were compelled to purchase for £180,000 by the council executive.
The Gasjet have known about this story from the outset and have been supplied in the past with large dossiers of information, but have been reluctant to write about it, with one reporter citing editorial pressure. Yet at a time when it could irrevocably damage the Fowlers and Callows they finally bite. Could they have been nudged by the councillors involved to put a pro-council spin on it due to fears of a blanket leaflet distribution plan being actioned tomorrow night? The Gasjet would be, after all, the ultimate leaflet; and it wouldn’t eat into the councillors’ election propaganda budget!
Tomorrow might well be one of the few times that the Gasjet is worth buying.
One additional thing to ponder. I have an email from Helen France to Ian Fowler dated the 5th of November 2009, citing that the council was proceeding with the acquisition of his Crystal Road property, that it would be treated in the same way as all the others and that the valuation had been submitted to the district auditor to ensure that, in Helen’s words, everything was “squeaky clean”.
One wonders to what valuation she refers, though, given that the actual Keppie Massey valuation is dated 17th November 2009. How could Helen France be aware what the valuation was 12 days prior to the valuation report actually being written?
I can think of one way!