COUNCILLOR Gurcharan Singh is obviously terribly upset by my letter of August 29, which explains why he solicits a response from AS Butten as well as sending in a long reply himself.
This reminds me of the media campaign that Gurcharan waged not too long ago, after the late Piara Khabra had announced his retirement.
The Gazette was 'literally' awash with letters from him and his cronies. The purpose of Gurcharan's campaign was of course, to secure for himself the Labour nomination for the Ealing Southall seat.
In fact, his supporters even argued that it was not necessary to have an all women shortlist on the grounds that Gurcharan was a great champion of women's rights.
How strange then that there was not a squeak from Gurcharan when his new Tory colleagues recently tried to cut funding to the Southall Black Sisters.
In fact, his silence on this issue was particularly strange when trying to strengthen his feminist credentials by having his picture taken at the opening ceremony of SBS's new offices.
Surely this was not all part of his effort to persuade the Labour Party that with him at the helm there is no need for a female MP?
Well the rest, as they say, is history. A by-election meant no all-women shorlist, but Gurcharan, lost anyway leading him to throw his toys out of the pram and join the Tories.
Now, all he can do is attack all of his former colleagues, including Cllr Ranjit Dheer, who claims is 'perhaps Labour's weakest GLA candidate'.
This did not stop Cllr Dheer from 'literally' wiping the floor with Tory Richard Barnes in Lady Margaret ward (according to voting data published by the GLA).
And who is it who represents Lady Margaret ward? None other than Cllr Gurcharan Singh - but not for much longer.