I have known Emma Dent Coad for a decade.
I have total admiration for her commitment to residents even if that commitment doesn't stretch to her politics.
As far as being a good councillor is concerned her record is unblemished.
I have also met Shaun Bailey and had little time for him. He's a loudmouth and an opportunist.
Frankly, there has been bad blood between Dent Coad and Bailey for years. Dent Coad saw him as a 'bandwagoner' but there is more to it and this is not the place to dwell upon that.
Why does Shaun Bailey bang on about being a British Afro-Caribbean? What's the point?
Bim Afolami and Kwasi Kwarteng don't talk about themselves as being British-Nigerian or British-Ghanaian.
So, if these MP's don't why does Bailey feel the need?
I am deeply suspicious of the man and his motivations. I can quite believe he came up with ghetto tag himself thinking it might enhance his chances of cozying up to Cameron.
Politics is a filthy business made filthier by silly insinuations.
One thing I can be sure of is that Emma Dent Coad doesn't have a racist bone in her body.