This is turning into a habit (as the first knitter of a monk’s garment said….). Oh well, I don’t have to get up for work… When you have a north facing garden, this is one of the few times of the day you can take advantage of the sun!
The British National Party has urged its members to procreate after it lost every seat it contested in the English local elections on Thursday.
The BNP fielded 99 candidates but did not win a seat. It lost the one county council seat it held in Lancashire, leaving Nick Griffin’s party with just two councillors.
In a post on the party’s website, members are urged to have bigger families to counter large families had by non-Britons.
Northernscot claims that 51% of the US population is non-white and says that to prevent the same thing happening in Britain, “BNP members and nationalists” need to breed more.
“I know, by now you will be giggling over this suggestion. But think about it, nationalists need to buck the trend of 1.8 children per white household. We need to aim between 3 and 4 children each if not more,” he writes. “And the bonus is that making babies is fun! So fellow nationalists, less TV and more fun! Let’s do our bit for Britain and our race.”
Union Jack photo: Some rights reserved by Mark Seton
This Monday is the twentieth anniversary of the Newbury by-election, when Liberal Democrat David Rendel won the seat with a majority of 22,055.
Only the most committed anorak remembers the name of the Conservative candidate whom David Rendel defeated. It was Julian Davidson.
Today, almost twenty years after his defeat by David Rendel, Julian Davidson was defeated again by a Liberal Democrat. A glutton for punishment….
Here are the candidates and election results for the electoral division of Blackdown & Neroche
Candidate Party Votes
BOWER, Darrelle Anne Green Party 123
DAVIDSON, Julian Turner Conservative 988
HENLEY, Ross Longhurst Liberal Democrat 1035 Elected
RUST, Clive Mark UK Independence Party 566
SPEARS, Madeleine Labour 183
A wonderful outcome to the elections, as far as I am concerned.
All the heat is on the Tories because of UKIP emerging as the new governing party of the United Kingdom – warf, warf!
Meanwhile, the story has moved away from “Lib Dems disappear down the plug hole”. Excellent.
In the meantime, we did quite well. I just think Neil Fawcett, being elected in Abingdon South is good enough for trebles all round. Well done, Neil.
In fact, LABOUR have most to psephologically shit themselves concerning these election results. It is in fact them, according to the impeccable and unimpeachable source of Dr Mark Pack (for, it is indeed, he) who have taken the biggest hit from UKIP. C2s and that sort. Non-graduates. People who regard themselves as religious. The clinically insane. These are the UKIP heartlands. (OK, I made that last bit up).
Well done to the Oxfordshire Lib Dem team! In particular, well done to Neil Fawcett and team, gaining Abingdon South!
I phone banked for Neil on Wednesday evening. It was an enormous pleasure to support Neil, who I have known for 20 years through campaigning events, and who is one of the wisest, hard-working and most earnest people I have ever met.
There are not many things that rile me more than hearing Nigel Farage repeating endlessly that we are “opening our doors” to two hundred zillion Romanians and Bulgarians who are going to rape and pillage all over the British landscape, razing all human habitation to the ground leaving only an even vaster national debt in their wake.
I sit next to a Bulgarian at work. She is a very hard-working and talented lady who has settled here with her family.
The laugh is that there is a case to say that Bulgarians are already getting better benefits than British people. For example, if a mother has to absent herself to look after a sick child, she receives sick pay in Bulgaria. But not here.
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Nigel Farage!
I’ve just been phoning voters on behalf of someone I have known and respected for twenty years who is a candidate in the elections tomorrow. I will not mention the candidate’s name or their area, because that will require me to jump through all sort of legal electoral hoops.
I enjoyed the experience of talking to voters. I appreciate that bombardment by paper and phone can be frustrating for the electorate.
I think most people would understand that making contact with voters through their letterbox and phone is a vital part of democracy. When it is done by a party funded by donations and staffed largely by volunteers, such as myself, it comes under the heading of working hard to win people’s votes. That hard work is continued after the election, all year round. That’s not just a slogan. It’s actually true.
I make no apology for that and, indeed, my phone work tonight has greatly strengthened my commitment to the Liberal Democrats.
The first one minute and 15 seconds of “Firth of Fifth” is sheer brilliance delivered on the grand piano by Tony Banks. (And the title reminds me of that famous football result, Forfar 4 East Fife 5).
But my favourite Genesis track (and this is certainly not a political endorsement – one of them was allegedly a Maggie fan, I seem to remember – but then my favourite author is Evelyn Waugh, who was certainly no liberal) is “In the wilderness” which is well worth listening to, as it is a rather obscure album track which hardly anyone has heard of. The strings make the track, in my mind. In fact, I think there is a suggestion of a double bass in there somewhere.
“Why I stopped the “Snooper’s Charter” was the title of a mail from Nick Clegg winging its way to party members today.
“Because we stuck a rocket up your bottom, Nick?” – came the response from a dry wit, albeit with an alternative anatomical name mentioned.
If the answer to Nick’s question is simply anal missile insertion then he would have stopped Secret Courts as well.
We should credit Nick with using his own judgment in these matters. I am sure he does. It is just that his judgment only randomly and rather erratically seems to coincide with the judgment of rank and file party members.
This still sends a shiver down me everything time I see it…. I love the way they get in a reference to every Premier league club (I assume – I haven’t checked, but they get Reading in, so the rest must be in there).