Saturday, September 16, 2006

What has happened 'Putting you first'?

This is a question I had to ask as the minority Tory administration at Merton Council having adopted ‘Putting you first’ as a strapline at the beginning of August (it was the manifesto title of the Merton Tory manifesto) has yet to appear on any publication.

A letter in the recent My Merton October/November edition from the Chief Executive Ged Curran extolling the improvements at Merton Council did not have the so-called new strapline on the letter. This letter had clearly been printed on paper produced after the change as ‘Moving ahead’ has been removed as a strapline from the Council logo. While the intention had been to phase the change in, it is clear that it has yet to appear on any publication and I have yet to see the strapline on any poster or document produced by the Council since the start of August and indeed the website is still using the slogan 'A better place to live, work and learn'. Maybe they have cold feet over the matter and are busy devising another new strapline? Maybe they have suddenly has a bout of common sense and realised the potential problems of using a political slogan on Council publications.

In a way, it is a shame if the strapline has bitten the dust. We could have had great fun with this strapline as it certainly did not apply to the Mitcham side of the Borough.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you are doing your bit to raise the level of public debate. The electorate will appreciate the maturity of your comments.

8:14 am  
Blogger Martin Whelton said...

Well it is a serious point that the tories have used an election manifesto as a Council strapline. Given the underlying cynical tone of the last comment, it is a no doubt a Tory poster.

4:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually a disillusioned ex-Labour Party supporter. Sick of spin and childish yah-booh political point scoring. A serious point? Give me strength!

6:40 pm  
Blogger Martin Whelton said...

You could have fooled me!

8:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Labour may indeed be bickering with the Tories about it, but it's a monumental waste of time, effort and money on the point of the Tories - for some bizarre trophy reason. David Williams said it was "a huge gain" for the area.
Er, how exactly?!?!

1:53 pm  

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