Is it time for a gentler, kinder form of politics in Thurrock?

LAST week, the portfolio holder for health and education, Cllr James Halden used social media to refer the the former leader of Thurrock Council as an “out of work printer”.

Some say, one man’s cheap shot is another man’s political banter.

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It may be for others to ask cllr Halden why use a person losing his job as a form of insult. They could also ask if he thinks people who are unemployed are less entitled to an opinion?

We have no idea what the day was like when cllr John Kent left the printing industry. We also reckon that cllr Halden does not either. It could have been a day of great pain.

All we know is that last time we look the was in gainful employment and has been for the thirteen years this reporter has known him.

In the thirteen years that this reporter has been covering Thurrock politics, there has been great debate from all sides of the chamber and there has been a lot of gentle ribbing. Labour’s Gerard Rice always gets it in the neck when he refers to Maggie Thatcher as the Tories did with their “Clean It Cut It Fill It” boasts of “Six Hyde Parks, Four Wembley Stadiums” etc.

But these are fractious times and so politicians may need to have a little think. We have seen ongoing spats on Facebook between politicians of all colours.

Of course, if you think we are wrong, let us know.

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