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Southville Election and the Invisible man

April 30, 2011

If anyone had the misfortune to read the Sean Beynon Labour flier that sneaked through the letter box you may be wondering who the man is. That is before the useful emergency bog paper took its place alongside the Andrex and Lib-Dem manifesto.

Desparation in the Labour printing department was probably at panic level as they struggled to fill two sides of A4 with any possible thing that Beynon has done in four years service to the constituents.

But there is one massive thing that the man forgot to mention in detail. That is his fawning support for the unwanted community damaging hypermarket. That should be an achievement to be proud of for the City season ticket holder-must be a few votes in it, got to be worth a shout in the manifesto or a blast from the trumpet.

Still he got a good mention and write up from the Sainsbury stitch-up supporting MP Primarolo. I always thought it odd that the MP would so gushingly hold forth on his non-achievements apart from usual party camraderie.

But as you see its one big happy family. Beynon’s registered interests June 2010:

Employment, Office, Trade and Profession Researcher to Dawn Primarolo MP

Relationship to Other Councillors or Bristol City Council Officers My wife is working as an Internal Auditor for Bristol City Council

There is a real opportunity in Southville and Bristol now to have two Green councillors. Whatever you think of the Green party you can be sure of this -they put local community and environment ahead of the greenbelt gobbling fatcats and their Labour lemmings.

And in the Giant Sainsbury community-busting hypermarket conspiracy the Greens nailed their colours firmly to the mast from day one-they care about the damage it will do. Charlie Bolton legendary speeches in the Council House against the Monster store is evidence enough.

Beynon’s time has come and gone.  Thinking of a suitable legacy I reckon this classic AA Milne poem is a good farewell:

…3 Cheers for the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh!
(Just tell me, somebody – WHAT DID HE DO?)

  1. ChrisU permalink
    April 30, 2011 10:25 pm

    It is a conundrum. What’s a good labour man to do? I was never much one for the greens myself (sorry I forgot for a moment I was part of an effete green conspiracy to stop the working man from enjoying his foota) but having witnessed for myself the abject lack of balls when it comes to South Bristol labour standing up for residents who will have their lives changed for the worse by the new hypermarket, then it appears your analysis is worth considering.

  2. May 1, 2011 11:20 am

    Tough choice for trad Labour voters. But local issues should decide- what could be bigger than the Labour/Lib-Dems getting into bed with the community damaging Sainsburys Hypermarket conspiracy?

  3. BS3 Resident permalink
    May 1, 2011 1:13 pm

    Yeah can’t think of anything better than voting for somebody to return to council after their fine demonstration of appearing seemingly drunk and near incoherent at a planning committee.

  4. May 2, 2011 12:33 am

    Drunk? Incoherent? Excellent! A real politician.

    Meanwhile the boy Beynon conspicuous by his absence is very busy toadying up to Primarolo….

  5. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    May 2, 2011 4:33 pm

    Although it’s dangerous to fight on one issue, you will come up against the “I always vote Labour/Tory because my dad did” attitude ( condiscending I know, but true ) but it is an opportunity to prove what has been claimed all along, that local people are against Sainsburys. This is the only opportunity the Greens, and the locals will have to prove it. As for Sean Beynon, it’s surely his opportunity to make his case. Able to dodge the stadium planning meeting because he is a Season Ticket holder, weird because a Cllr. who may also support the City and pay match by match or use a friends ticket would be able to take part, he now has to stand and be counted. Whats interesting is his occupation. Are there no Labour candidates, both local or national, who do anything else other than be Lawyers, or work for other politicians. Please don’t tell me he went to Oxbridge, a guaranteed route to the top. As for Dawn, I can understand her concern for the lack of infant school places in South Bristol, but must remind her it was her partys’ policy to build an extra 10,500 new homes on our doorstep. I doubt that would have improved matters.

  6. Richard Lane permalink
    May 3, 2011 9:36 pm


    It was also Dawns party policy (at national level) which created the increase in population, which in turn triggered the increase in demand for housing and more retail space.
    On the point of 10,500 houses, didn’t you tell me that retail and schools were included in the plans for this? So schools would have been catered for.
    Population rises, demand for more school places, demand for more housing, car emissions reducing due to electric and hybrid car use increasing. People will be saying that there’s no need for new shops soon, that’s why the co-op want to open, why we’ve new bakers, why there’s a newish shop on Coronation rd, why there are new bars and restaurants opening.
    Strange really, isn’t it?

    On another point. I had a pint of stout last night. I was quite enjoying it until I found out it was from the Beer factory, I nearly choked. I also nearly choked when thought I saw old red trousers himself, arm in arm with a curly haired blond on his way up to Brandon Hill, as viewed from the window of the three tuns. I changed my pint to a Thatchers Gold in an attempt to regain my senses.

  7. May 3, 2011 10:44 pm

    Electric and hybrid local cars all round? You need to keep off that excellent local Award winning Beer Factory brew.
    Red Dawn is now officially responsible for the increase in population according to Richard Lane, choking on his extra strong ale.

  8. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:38 am

    New schools and retail were indeed part of the plans although I don’t recall making that point myself. Even so, how many developers meet those obligations on time? As for Dawn being responsible for population increase, she was part of a Gov. that had a “secret”policy to make this country truly multicultural, according now to a Blair adviser, Jack Straw now says it was a mistake to be one of only 3 countries to allow workers from the new accession countries to come here and work, and even this morning, Ed Milliband says Labour got it wrong on immigration. So not all down to Dawn, but she was part of it.

  9. Richard Lane permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:02 pm

    Sacredspring and Paul

    Both yourself and Paul have misread my statement. I said “Dawns party policy” not Dawns policy. It was the policy of her party (Labour). This is yet another example of my statements being misread and conclusions being jumped to, with subsequent mistakes being made.
    I won’t hold my breath for an apology.

    PS. I’ve already promised myself that I won’t touch another drop of the poison produced in the Ashton brewery, only because it gives yet more profits to the businessman, George Ferguson, to further increase his empire.
    You have to laugh, he once described the new stadium as a big red box. I wondered where they’d got the inspiration for it. That is, until I saw the Paintworks, Tobacco factory roof, the dance studio and theatre, the beer factory boat and Che’s bar/cafe.

  10. May 4, 2011 10:41 pm

    Lansdown is an invisible man who’s motivated by making a quick buck and doing a runner.

    Quite funny how mr lane tries to portray ferguson as a villain when the man has kick started a thriving local economy and small independent businesses including the excellent ale from the rejuvernated Ashton Gate brewery that the ignerent lager lout doesn’t appreciate.
    Lansdown is hell-bent on damaging the local economy with his pet monster sainsburys, rip-off bars and the drive-thru mcshitburger joints. New stadium is a red plastic joke that’s an ugly money making machine for the landowners not BCFC.

  11. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:49 am

    Hi Rich.
    My response was to the comment from Sacredspring about Red Dawn. Actually the facts ( not an oppinion ) that I gave would sort of back your claims although it’s not a straightforward issue. As for football, I’m keeping my fingers crossed the League do the right thing and deduct points from QPR. Not that I have anything personal against them, but my one bet of the season was Norwich at a big price so it’s basically for selfish reasons.

  12. Richard Lane permalink
    May 5, 2011 9:10 pm


    The words of chairman spring: “Lansdown is an invisible man who’s motivated by making a quick buck and doing a runner”.
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Is that the quick buck which will leave him out of pocket by some £50m.
    This is the invisible man that you also claim has been giving daily press releases, has his name mentioned with references to Hargreave Lansdown, is constantly mentioned in the press, is always at the football matches making presentations, makes appearances on TV, yet somehow becomes invisible in the eyes of sacredspring, how do you know of him and print his pictures?
    Take the blinkers off, it’s you that is ignorant

    Mr Ferguson has kickstarted a thriving social community only. It centers around his bar, the theatre and the restaurant. Other pubs/bars and cafes have opened and taken the place of shop units, while other bars in the traditional locations have closed down. This has resulted in the social centre of south Bristol relocating from East St, to the now thriving but somehow, under threat North St. Whilst achieving this relocation, Mr Ferguson, the one that produces fine ales to sell in his and other peoples bars, has also increased his little empire and along with it, no doubt his bank balance. Strange how you appear to idolise one capitalist empire building Oligarch, over another.
    You’ve all been taken in by his false front and green value bullshit. The only green he cares about in my opinion, is the greenback of a dollar.

    Good luck at the bookies.

  13. Harley Bolton permalink
    May 6, 2011 6:50 am

    Oh no! Rejected by the people of Southville. Southville is RED!

  14. May 6, 2011 7:12 am

    Lane can’t see that Lansdown not living in the country is the issue. If he lived and worked in the area like ferguson he might earn some respect. Until then, invisible. Makes a fast buck on the stock exchange then does a runner abroad thats a fact.

    Vote for Labour was close.

    Sean David Beynon The Labour Party Candidate 1856 43.34
    Charles Nicholas Bolton Green Party 1613 37.67
    Adam Beda Tayler The Conservative Party Candidate 499 11.65
    Lena Wright Liberal Democrat 314 7.33

    Labour got 1856 out of 9591 possible ward votes, not exactly a sea of red but a win ok. Now if we had AV……..

  15. Southville Ward Results permalink
    May 6, 2011 7:18 am

    Sean David Beynon, The Labour Party Candidate 1856
    Charles Nicholas Bolton, Green Party 1613
    Adam Beda Tayler, The Conservative Party Candidate 499
    Lena Wright, Liberal Democrat 314

    So Sean Benyon picks up 43.34% of the votes cast, the highest Labour share recorded in Southville since May 2002. FACT!

    So is it really true that the people are against Sainsburys? Or is this just another claim to go alongside the Stokes Croft Tesco 93/96%?

    Southville is RED.

  16. Southville wards previous results permalink
    May 6, 2011 11:14 am

    So Sean Benyon will be working alongside Tess Green who picked up the highest number of votes ever recorded in Southville since at least 1995 when she was elected. FACT!

    So is it really true that the people are in favour of Sainsburys? Or is this just another claim to go alongside the 4,000/1,500 construction jobs the stadium will generate?

    Southville is half RED, half Green.

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