I ADMIRE the tenacity of Mr Taylor, a Labour party member, to shoot himself and the Labour Party in the foot.
It is crystal clear from his letter that he has not disputed any of the facts contained in my letter as well as in the Intouch leaflet. Instead, like a barking dog, he ventured out to raise other issues.
He has either missed or deliberately misunderstood the point about Cllr Sharma MP. The point I made was not how much he makes, but that he continues to claim councillors' full allowance of almost £9,000 for attending one meeting for only five minutes and the another one only to avoid disqualification from the council.
If he is comfortable in defending Cllr Sharma MP for claiming almost £9,000 pa for two and a half an hours
work, then I'm happy to leave the matter to his conscience and that of Cllr Sharma MP. The readers of the Gazette, I'm to draw their own conclusions. But I believe that this is a daylight robbery of council taxpayers and the Labour Party is equally responsible for this.
His attempt to tar Richard Barnes with the same brush as Cllr Sharma, fails miserably. The difference between him and Cllr Sharma is that Richard actually attends council meetings in Hillingdon and according to the information available on Hillingdon's website, missed only one meeting since the beginning of the 2007/08 council year.
I accept that Cllr Dheer received more votes than the Labour party candidate did in 2004. But Richard Barnes increased his share of votes by 29,480 compared to 2004, thus increasing his margin of victory from 11,016 to 28,638 i.e. nearly three times. This suggests Cllr. Dheer was perhaps the weakest candidate the Labour party has ever put up in the GLA elections.
Mr. Taylor may have plenty of time at his disposal, I have much more important things to do such as doing my surgeries, casework, attending council meetings as well as meetings with residents and batting for Southall at the Town Hall. Therefore I will not be replying any more of his letters on this subject.
CLLR GURCHARAN SINGH