I’m sorry to say that I’ve found 10 villagers to sign my nomination paper to stand in the by-election for the Birstall-wanlip ward of Charnwood Borough Council. Of course, this meant I had to find the Council offices in Loughborough to hand it in with other paperwork to be checked for only electors assenting to me standing. Naturally, I managed to find someone who wasn’t, but not to be deterred, returned, found someone else and back to Loughborough. As usual with me, second time lucky, so everyone in the ward can have a choice of a ‘party’ person or an Independent (that’s me, by the way!).
For some reason, I thought the ward was Wanlip, but it includes areas of Birstall the other side of the A6, so that will be a challenge to find out how to get into the assorted blocks of flats over there. I had enough trouble down south, but experience will find a way. Of course, if any readers are in the area and want to help, then just leave a comment. You can deliver around 100 leaflets in about an hour on average, but I’ll have a map – new estates to explore! – so I expect it will be the usual walkways and difficult to find letter boxes to start before I move down to the slightly older layouts and finally the big Conservative voting owners nearer Leicester – which I may not get to as I’m still ill remember.
Over the weekend, some beans and potatoes went in the soil and actually picks some rhubarb as the weather was so nice. The village had a litter picking session, which only missed the opportunity to put signs at either end of the village suggesting motorists join us (after all most is chucked out of windows of passing vehicles so they could help. I’ll suggest that at the next Parish meeting as we don’t have a council, just a meeting.
Who has been to Gibraltar then? Interesting place, isn’t it? More British than many places. The airport runway goes over the main road to Spain which is used my lots of Spaniards who work in Gib. I was there in the 60s when the Spanish effectively closed the border in another of their efforts to grab it back. Their latest trick in the threaten to block our leaving USE unless we leave behind Gibraltar. It’s going to be an interesting 2 years between USE expecting us to pay to leave the shambles, and our government doing their best not to come to blows. I still don’t know why the letter sent last Wednesday didn’t simply go at the end of June 2016.
USE does not have a defence force, the accounts have has never been audited and agreed, they throw money at prospective members only for them not to meet the conditions laid down for the money and it seems they want to simply take the money and take their bat and ball home. Then USE wonders why a number of member states are unhappy about the way things are going. The penny has dropped that they may have to make up the shortfall of income once the UK leaves in 2019 and the gravy train grinds to a halt.
Talking about gravy trains, the Scots still have to be told what they will lose if they leave the rest of the UK and try to join USE. They had their chance 3 years ago to leave, but the SNP conveniently forget that and simply take the political blinkered view to suit their own agenda.