Thursday, 8 April 2010
Leave it, it's not worth it
One of my earliest stories on this blog was about South Thanet Conservative candidate Laura Sandys not knowing the law. Reader Claire from Eastcliff writes with details of another incident of Laura’s arrogant approach towards life in Thanet.
Last week Claire was meeting a friend at Ramsgate station and Laura Sandys was leafleting passengers as they returned home to Ramsgate with two helpers; an older man and woman. They were approached by a man in a suit who took a leaflet. He walked a short distance away read the leaflet, and then returned to talk to Laura. He politely asked her to stop leafleting in the main hall by the entrance to the platforms.
Laura responded that she did not need permission as it was a public place. The man advised her
that it was private property. Interrupting him Laura said it was not. The man respondd that he was advising her because he was the station manager.
Laura blushed and went silent. He then advised her that he would give a minute or two for her to get her things together, but she must then leave if she wanted to continue leafleting.
Laura and her helpers then went outside the station under the canopy, continuing to hand out leaflets. The man helping her was worked up and unhappy about the situation. He started to head back into the station appearing to want to sort things out. As he walked in Laura called out no, no and ran into the station asking her helper to leave putting her hand on his shoulder and saying “leave it, it’s not worth it”.
The thing that struck Claire most was the way Laura Sandys attitude changed. When she thought the station manager was just a man in a suit, she was most insistent that she was right and the man did not know what he was talking about. When the truth dawned upon her she changed her approach.
The other thing Claire noticed throughout this time was that two young women dressed in jeans and t-shirts who were also waiting at the station for some time, were not offered leaflets and were deliberately ignored. Claire got the impression the two women did not look like the right kind of people to Laura and her helpers.