A former Tory council leader has launched a vicious attack on single mothers, blaming them for the poor economic performance of a high street. Also blasting the unemployed for not being able to spend enough, former councillor Anna Waite lays the blame with them for turning Southend town centre into a “dumping ground”.
In a post on her blog, Anna Waite ranted:
“Single mums in bedsits, drug and alcohol addicts, the homeless and those on multiple benefits do not have cash to spend in shops.”
She called on the Tory-controlled council to end the requirement to provide affordable housing in the town centre — in order to move wealthier (Tory voting?) residents in instead by putting the money into replacing cheaper housing with a more expensive alternative.
Ms Waite, as the chair of the Conservative Association, was responsible for a party investigation into a local councillor for attending an EDL meeting. The whitewash cleared Cllr Blaine Robin of wrongdoing, despite being praised by EDL leader Tommy Robinson for being “the first politician I’ve met who actually represents his constituents”.
With single mothers fair game again, are we going back to “Back to Basics”?