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The good news is the weather is warming up but that’s it because everything else
hasn’t changed. We are all waiting with baited breath for politicians to come back
after the Easter break all refreshed and ready to actually carry out the wishes of
the majority of voters at the referendum (was it that ago?) But I have a feeling
they are waiting for all the older voters to die off so the newly brainwashed youngsters
might get it right next time. All very all and good but what if they don’t play ball?
They are simply playing with us so in the interests of democracy I am giving the
local residents a chance to shift the feckless existing councillors and send a message
to Westminster that they will be next in line for the great British public to rebel.
Birstall Parish has the usual low number of candidates due to the lack of interest
so just attend the first council meeting and you can become a councillor with no
problem and no election - I tried it but my face didn’t it so they had to call an
election and lo and behold I was a councillor. Due to lack of democracy on the council
they will have to do without me unless they suddenly change attitude.
But never fear I’m a candidate for the Borough Council just to give the electorate
a choice from the main parties by standing to represent UKIP but I’m having to make
sure that I only get enough votes to worry the Conservatives (there really is no
choice up here!) without actually getting elected because I’ve done that before and
it’s hard work to do it well. My work will be cut out as most I’ve spoken to believe
that all politicians are two faced liars and say one thing just before doing something
else. It may surprise you to know it’s more complicated than that, the most do what
they are told rather than represent those who elected them - the disadvantage of
the party system and when I was a Borough Councillor elsewhere I ended up as group
leader of 7 Independents who left the party system for that very reason. Needless
to say they were all good councillors of long standing (including a couple of Mayors!)
but discarded by their parties and electorate sad but reality is the party get elected
Staying on the same subject but from a different prospective I’ve been checking out
the local press in my old stamping ground and it’s still full of letters moaning
about everything from why does the local council own an run a golf course next to
a an established one when the money raised by disposing of it could be used to benefit
‘normal’ residents to the usual parking restrictions put in near the station has
displaced all day parkers. I’m sure local residents up here could get involved if
only about the proposed Broadnook estate or lack of parking in the main shopping
area (council still believe shopping centre is about a mile away) or even a local
‘runaround’ bus service.
I’ll tell you what, I’ll think about it and come back later with some suggestions.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sorry about the break in service but an unavoidable series of events caught up with
First it seems I had a death in the family, then I got poorly (most probably a reaction
to said event as nothing is what it seems)as my medication caught up as I did more
than I should have. Oh yes, then I was a candidate in the local elections but I’m
pleased to say that the electors followed my advice to an extent by not being silly
and electing me but simply just moaned and followed the herd and elected someone
from their usual political party. Having said that, I could have done better and
worry the Conservatives more but there you are.
As usual with cancer treatment, once things start to go wrong it takes ages to get
back into kilter but I think I’m there now. With luck the treatment should be complete
at the end of next month and I can spend the next months recovering (that’s the good
thing about cancer treatment, it does drag on a bit). I can now get back to doing
my exercises to get fitter.
Getting back to the recent election, I did say that down south where I came from,
shall I just say the thinking hordes punished the conservatives with the Town Council
being taken over by the Lib-Dems (about the same as us Independents did in 1995 and
for similar reasons) and the Borough Council went the same way by getting a good
working majority. See, it can be done all you need to do it actually care but you
have to start thinking about it now if you want something different, as the established
parties have had years to get organised. I will not mention the results locally as
you don’t care enough (Parish Council not even enough candidates to make it worthwhile
having a election) democracy is surly dead up here.
Go on, get interested!!!!
Thursday, May 9, 2019
I beginning to think we are all losing the plot. I still (along with most people)
cannot believe we were asked whether we wanted to remain in USE or leave. No conditions
and the majority of those who voted said we should leave. So we now have to vote
on the 23rd May to elect someone who don’t know who will represent a political party
at an organisation in USE that we have already said we want to leave. The way things
are going, if we don’t provide the right result you can expect calls to another USE
election in an effort to get the right result.
Confused? You silly readers, you cannot be as those who know best (politicians) are
just as confused and unable to make a decision.
What to do? If you vote for any of the main parties it may well provide sucker so
they carry on the way they are. On the other hand you could do nothing or maybe go
for the UKIP or Brexit candidate. The problem is although UKIP get us the referendum
it seems we have let them down by not following through with support as Labour and
Conservatives promised to carry out the result of the referendum (and we now know
how that went), Brexit does not have the numbers so, although not well organised,
could actually make the difference if we provided support - let’s say a peoples movement
to change things!!
Friday, May 17, 2019
Oh look! Less than a week before we have a chance to vote for someone else we don’t
know for a decision making opportunity in an assembly in a foreign country that we
are supposed to be not part of (but are!) However if we actually leave by July then
it would all have been a waste of time and they wouldn’t get lot’s of Euros because
we are no longer a member of USE so couldn’t take their place.
Nigel must be wondering exactly what to do now, as he is being bankrolled by Mr Banks
to get us out but I cannot see how taking the USE Euro will achieve that goal.
Mrs May has suddenly realised that Labour want something else and it does not include
leaving USE. Their aim is to have another referendum then another etc., until their
result gains a majority. I expect an election will be called and if the result isn’t
to their liking declare it null and void because there is another lot of people who
didn’t get a chance to vote so run it again (repeat until the ‘right’ result occurs)
As a result, she has lost the will to live and a new leader is needed. Isn’t democracy
At the moment a number of contestants have shown their cards but it don’t solve the
basic problem, which is how to convince 650 odd Members of Parliament to actually
do what the electorate voted for (although by a small margin) and put their own views
to one side. Then get on with sorting the resulting problems in the usual muddled
British way! It usually works!