Examination of issues surrounding complaints re Dave Smith the Independent Candidate for Dinnington ward’s statements on Rotherham Politics.
That Dave Smith made derogatory statements comparing Simon Tweed with a turnip.
That Dave Smith stated that another, Steve Scott, was ‘in the back pocket’ of a political party.
Examination of evidence:
Every word published on Rotherham Politics, attributable to Dave Smith and every comment making claims or complaints about him have been closely examined, together with the identification of the true sources for them all.
There is no evidence to support the complaints whatsoever.
Dave Smith did not compare Simon Tweed with a turnip, he said Simon Tweed had a turnip sharing Tweeds name! Quite another thing entirely.
As for impugning the reputation of Steve Scott, that accusation is also false.
Dave Smith was describing himself as, ‘not in the back pocket of political parties’. How this can be so misconstrued as to justify Steve Scott and others assertions that Dave Smith was accusing Scott of anything is not credible from the evidence.
There appears to have been, a deliberate and wilful misinterpretation of the statements that have been published here.
Facebook has been also been used to proliferate these erroneous and incorrect conclusions, adding to the offence caused to both Rotherham Politics and Dave Smith personally. This kind of behaviour is known as ‘Trolling’.
Dave Smith and this blog have been the victims therefore, of this ‘Trolling’!
Dave Smith and Rotherham Politics are both due an apology from the perpetrators! We both await suitable apologies from the perpetrators and the removal of the offensive material posted on Facebook. They could use the comments for this purpose or contact us personally under separate cover.
First posted as a comment on the Vote Dave Smith – Independent Candidate Dinnington Ward post. Reproduced here for readers convenience.