'Clutching at straws' – claim
BRISTOL Tory leader Peter Abraham has accused opponents of an elected mayor of 'clutching at straws' in their attempt to put people off voting for change.
Mr Abraham, a leading Yes campaigner, said the negative propaganda by the No camp was blind to weaknesses of our current system of local government.
He said: "I have been really disappointed by the standard of debate and misleading material put out by those arguing for keeping the status quo. I agree with the Communities Minister Greg Clark's assertion that the Coalition is giving us an opportunity to make historic change in the way Bristol is to be run.
"I hope a majority of people will grasp this one-in-a-lifetime chance, not only because I believe that a big city mayor is an obvious improvement on our set up, but also because a great swathe of the local business community want the leadership and stability that this switch entails. Opponents of this view have really been clutching a straws lately over their mayoral cost claims and general scaremongering to produce an almost wholly negative campaign. Perhaps it is not entirely surprising that they have resorted to such tactics.
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"It must be extremely difficult for them to seriously argue for (or justify) keeping the kind of chronic political instability which has dogged decision-making in this city for the last ten years."