Saturday, 22 December 2007

God rest ye...

A very Merry Christmas dear reader. Curb your consumption and keep it simple.

Although a paid up member of Agnostics Anonymous, I am, like Richard Dawkins, very much 'culturally christian'. In a talk in Oxford recently, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman described himself as a Book of Common Prayer atheist, and I think he speaks for a lot of us in the anglosphere and indeed the West. It's part of who we are - it's in our cultural DNA and part of our identity.

It warms my heart to hear a good carol (O Come All Ye Faithful being my personal favourite) and to watch the Salvation Army band, a kid's Nativity play and the barfly's at Midnight Mass. Last year I had the privilege of witnessing a Mummer's Play in the pub and looking back I think it was the best present I got.

Needless to say, I despise the orgy of consumption - We need to reclaim Christmas.
We need less build-up, pressure, stress. We've lost the heart of Christmas. We need to get back to it's real tradition. The only gift we should receive on the 25th, should be companionship and a hearty meal...well, we can spoil the little ones a bit.

This is probably going to be my last post of 2007. But plans a afoot for '08, including my predictions in the political underbelly in the year ahead and a special look at the new(ish) political current/ideolgy of National-Anarchism within the anti-globalist/monocultural milieu. Bet you can't wait...


Best Wishes to you all. May peace prevail on earth.

Berrocscir

Monday, 17 December 2007

Lucas MP?

The Greens comfortably held their Brighton Regency council seat last Thursday with Jason Kitcat (yeah, I know, tell 'im he's won the bet) romping home, hundreds of votes in front. This will surely give the Greens a boost in their quest to get Caroline Lucas elected to Westminster when the time comes. While they're avin a laugh claiming they've got a chance in Norwich South and Lewishan Deptford, maybe this old cynic will be proved wrong in Brighton Pavillion. And I do hope so.

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer-limits
Tommy Sheridan was charged with perjury yesterday. Whatever the outcome, to the charge of damaging the anti-globalist left in Scotland, he is as guilty as sin.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Steady as she goes?

Reports of domestic strife within the BNP are nothing new (at least since the Griffin revolution) and the party always seems to get up, dust itself down, and continue to grow. But reports this week, if true, seem a tad more serious.

There seems to be a growing dislike of Griffin's allies within the top brass which has led to the bowing out of several key figures over recent days. These include the talented Cllr Sadie Graham - a lady, if some sources are to be believed, is a former anarcho-punk and Hunt Sabber (well, there's nothing wrong with changing your mind) The Young BNP leader Danny Lake, and Steve Blake, the party's web editor, are also gone. Others include Scottish organiser Kenny Smith and Ian Dawson, the Yorkshire organiser who has called upon all BNP councillors to resign the party whip and sit as Independent Nationalists. One or two have taken him up and other seasoned observers tip the Epping Forest group to follow suit. Rumours are also doing the rounds concerning the entire Scottish and Ulster executives going.

Berrocscir's Banner does not believe this is the beginning of the end for the BNP, but it could prove more damaging than previous spats. It MAY cause a substantial reduction in candidates and less effective campaigning through loss of funds. What is clear, however, is the BNP brand name is too much of a household name just to disappear overnight.

In a separate development the party's ambitions on grabbing a GLA seat or three next May could have taken a slight knock. In addition to UKIP and English Democrat campaigns which could tempt the more moderate BNP voter. The NF and British People's Party are set to stand in one or two places and may attract the more 'forthright' of the BNP constituency.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Those craaaaazzzy Russians...

I don't really want to talk about Putin and the Kids from Nashi, I've just eaten.

Apart from that Lugovoi geezer standing for Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democrats, the only thing interesting about Sunday's Russian Duma elections was a sight that made me fall off the sofa whilst slumped in front of Channel 4 News: Leading dissident Gary Kasparov being interviewed with ol' Eduard Limonov of the National Bolshevik Party at his side - talk about strange bedfellows! Limonov's been nicked more times than Peter Tatchell. If you've never heard of the NBP, google 'em. They're entertaining.

Friday, 30 November 2007

Yeah, baby, Yeah!!

The Green Party of England and Wales have used a bit of good ol' fashioned common sense and voted in favour of formal leadership. Jolly good.

If I wasn't so mature and non-sectarian, had the Yes campaign lost in today's referendum, I would've titled this post 'Gormless Greens' or 'Effing Tw*ts'. However I'm over the moon they romped home. My spies tell me the full results were:

Votes for 2,634 (73%)
Votes against 963 (27%)
(with 8 spoilt papers)
The turnout was 48.3% with 3,605 ballot papers cast.

This is a defeat for the anarcho/libertarian - wing of the Greens, but there's no point being anarcho/libertarian if you're just poncing about talking amongst yourselves.

However, despite wanting to go "Ner, ner, ner" at Wall and co, I urge all Greens to unite now and stand firm and move forward together. There's a lot of talented, committed Greens of all shades and they need to stick together to fight the globalisers and their running dogs.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Carry On Up the Balkans

The Croatian elections have thrown up some notables. The regionalist Istrian Democratic Assembly look to have picked up two or three seats (Istria covers parts of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy) while it seems the Greens will miss their first seat by a whisker.

The Serb minority Independent Democratic Serbian Party, who call for 'cultural autonomy' and 'regionalism and decentralisation' but spoil this by being pro-EU, are heading for three seats. The nationalist Only Croatia - Movement for Croatia seem not to have gained representation despite a cool election slogan: 'Down with traitors! For home, Croatia! No to EU! No to NATO!'. That's proper old sloganeering that, innit?! Just like they used to do 'em.

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

UKIP splits!! Well, not really. Someone from UKIP's Grassroots Democracy platform has just thrown the toys out the pram again and formed his own Grassroots Democracy Party. Another one for the One Man and a Dog fraternity. This 'development' has prompted one UKIP partisan to quip it won't be long before he's approached by Veritas offering merger talks. Speaking of which, when is Dear Leader Patrick Eston gonna announce to the world how the Veritas/UK PopDem/Freedom Party negotiations are going (if at all) I know of at least one sad git who'll lend an ear.

Friday, 23 November 2007

Cry Harry, England and St Edmund!

I'd like to wish my reader a happy belated St Edmund's Day for last Tuesday (20th)
Edmund the Martyr, King of East Anglia, was executed by the Danes in 869AD by being tied to a tree and punctured by a hail arrows, so the story goes.

There are some who maintain that Edmund was the original patron saint of England and a growing band today that demand that he should be. At a time when St George is making a bit of a comeback, maybe it's not such a good move, but certainly the English could make room for Edmund in their hall of fame as part of the fight for national rebirth. Cry Harry, England and St Edmund!

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

Maybe, like me, my reader needs to get out more and knows all about last year's split north of the border twixt Tommy Sheridan's Solidarity party and his erstwhile comrades in the SSP. No doubt, then, that today Tommy's lot are pleased as punch by beating their ex-mates in the Dundee Lochee ward by-election yesterday. I mean, they really trounced them, proving beyond all reasonable doubt that they are the ONLY socialist alternative for the scottish masses. The result? Solidarity 57 votes, SSP 55. There - proof. OK, they didn't actually win (just two extra digits was all that was missing) but they still showed that VICTORY IS IN SIGHT!

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Free and independent? Hardly.

It looks as though Kosovo is heading towards full independence today as its Democratic Party, led by ex-Kosovo Liberation Army leader Hashim Thaci, seems the overall winner in elections there.

The Banner broadly welcomes this news especially as twenty seats were reserved for Serbs and other ethnic minorities. It's therefore sad that most Serbs boycotted the poll. However, although it is quite understandable given the present political and economic climate, it is lamentable for anti-globalists that Thaci has stated his wish for Kosovo's entry into the EU. What is independence for if you're going to end up in that horrendous superstate?...Alex Salmond take note!

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

I wish Green Principle Speaker Derek Wall would stop hanging out with the wrong sort. He spoke at the two different Respect conferences yesterday. I admire his non-sectarianism and evangelism in getting the Green message out, but isn't talking to the the likes of John Rees and Galloway scraping the barrel a bit? I know I should expect this sort of thing from Delboy, but would he be so enthusiastic if the BNP invited him to one of their do's?...Thought not. It seems that - for most - ideological barriers are still too strong. We all need to swallow our pride sometimes. If I can do it, anyone can.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Mixed results in Denmark

The Danes produced mixed fortunes for the disparate forces of anti-globalism today.

The anti-EU/Islamic/immigration Danish People's Party slightly upped its representation in Denmark's national poll. It snatched one seat totalling 25 and remains the thirds largest party in the country. This should please fellow Union of Europe of the Nations bloc members, including the National Alliance and Northern League in Italy and the ultra-conservative League of Polish Families (one of whom's MEPs once had a row with Robert Kilroy-Silk in a lift)

The far-left lost ground - the anti-EU and NATO Red Green Alliance are left with 4 seats (down 2)

Up in the Faeroes the mood seems to be for maintaining the union with Denmark, but in Greenland the pro-independence Inuit Ataqatigiit (Inuit Community) topped the poll. A majority of Greenlanders believe they can stand on their own two feet so who are we to stand in their way?...Just as long as they don't cuddle up to Uncle Sam...

Thursday, 8 November 2007

I didn't see that coming...

So - The Banner has chalked up it's first "I told you so". Well it was pretty bleedin' obvious...Respect - The Unity Coalition (hurr..hurr) have split - and as splits go it's a good 'un. While not quite on the scale of an INLA feud, it's still got pretty nasty - locks changed on party property - the lot! The national conference was due to happen a week Saturday and all pundits where saying the toys would come out the pram then, but they've all done us one better - the fireworks happened at the weekend and now TWO conferences are going ahead on the 17th in true leftie PFJ/JPF style! The accepted reason for this is that George Galloway and his anti-SWP forces knew they wouldn't get a majority at conference due to the SWP swamping it with delegates - something it always orders its cadre to do when they think there's a chance things won't go their way (which is how they knackered the Socialist Alliance a few years back) So now we have yet another new dawn - Respect Renewal with the usual fanfare about how it will be the new champion of the oppressed etc etc. Yeah right. Both will go down the karzy, but what did they expect anyway getting into bed with a load of Asian businessmen, Imams etc. The old left is no alternative, it's dead. It's been dying a long slow lingering death since the 60s. It has to be killed off.

Ironically among those mourning Respect's passing will be the BNP. They publicly welcomed Galloway's triumph in Bethnal Green & Bow - "Asians can have their party, whites can have theirs" - and hoped to benefit from Labour losing a lot of the Asian vote.

Another party that has its fair share of domestic strife is UKIP. Earlier this months 150 delegates met to found a new 'grassroots' campaign in stark opposition to the leadership. They kicked off by publishing a programme that, amongst other things speaks out against Islamification. The best dressed man in politics, Nigel Farage, doesn't want his party looking like a bunch of right-arm raisers. Will he put his foot down? Watch this space.

Talking of UKIP Steve Uncles of the English Democrats likes to tell everyone who'll listen how his party are moving and shaking, but he's teasing us this week. A high profile ex-UKIPer has joined the Eng Dem's NC. But he won't tell us who it is yet. I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas!

There's a Danish election coming up. The Banner will be interested to see how the Red-Green Alliance and the Danish People's Party do, but apart from that its all a bit dull. Must do better, Denmark - More real rebels please.

AND DOWN TO SOME INN...
Nowhere do I weep more at the onward march of globalism than in pubs. 'Innkeeping with tradition' goes the clever slogan of some big fat corporate brewery owned by someone else who's owned by someone else. Well for once my heart leapt in a pub this week where this witticism is the real deal. Last Sunday I popped in for a pint or two in the Morris Clown, Bampton, Oxfordshire as is every freeborn Englishman's right. What a fine Inn! It advertises itself as 'A True Free House' and we all drank to that. No food (check) supports small brewers (check) friendly gaffer (check). Great atmosphere (check) All this plus it had King Crimson on the Juke Box! I had to pinch meself!

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Many a wise word spoke

We all love a good quote. A few words by minds greater than our own can inspire us and sum up in a second or two what we've been struggling with for weeks. So starting today Berrocscir's Banner will be putting some cracking quotes up here. Base your entire existence on them!

To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections - Edmund Burke

Satisfactory world order...cannot be bought about by the reduction of cultural diversity and the creation of a world-wide gray sameness - Clyde Kluckhohn

How this corrupt system would begin to tremble if the enormous revolutionary currents of the left and the right would unite - Michael Kuhnen

Those who remain silent about capitalism should not complain about immigration
- Alan de Benoist

A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once - Blaise Pascal

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion - Edward Abbey

Brother, be of good comfort and joyful, for you shall have, in the fortnight that is to come, praise from the commons even more than you have yet had, and we shall be good companions. - Wat Tyler to Richard II, Smithsfield, June 1381

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light - Plato

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Return of the Zydermen!

The Wyvern awakes! The Wessex Regionalist Party seem to be crawling out the woodwork once more. They have a new blog here . Now I'm a proud Wessexman, and I display the Wessex wyvern on my blog here, but whilst I am a big fan of political devolution, I fear that regionalism detracts from english national consciousness and I consider myself an englishman first and foremost. The WRs have every right to pursue their goals of greater autonomy for Wessex, but I prefer much greater powers for existing local government bodies as a way to strengthen local power rather than risking a new assembly or similar tier of government.

At a time when englishness is enjoying something of a renaissance, regionalism, be it West Saxon, Mercian, Northumbrian or whatever, detracts from it, thereby aiding and abetting the globalisers. The English must regain their nationhood before they can enjoy their regional identities.

However I wish the WRP well (unforntunate initials, those!!!) in the sense that they are decentralists and challenge the staus quo. I would welcome a greater profile and would like to see more WR candidates standing in Wessex constituencies at the next General Election. They could certainly try for more the the one seat they managed in 2005 when Colin Bex gained 83 votes in Dorset South. As far as I know they have a parish councillor, but if they targetted a promising ward with foot-slogging, blood, sweat and exploiting the odd local issue or two they might clinch a principle authority seat and build on the publicity it would generate.

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
Don't forget Guy Fawkes on Monday, or Bonfire Night as us kids used to call it. The origins of the bonfires at Blood Month (as the saxons called November - when the cattle were slaughtered) stretch much further back than 1605...but that's another story.

Friday, 26 October 2007

'Nuff Respect?

My interest in the left is, thankfully, not what it was. In recent years I've concluded that it is pointless making an effort with something that's not a force for change. So I confess that my nosy nature has had me following the latest on the the Islamo-Trot RESPECT coalition. Now it should be noted that RESPECT is hardly of the 'old' left in any real sense - any one can call for trade union rights, the defence of the NHS and be anti-war without being a screaming red, but I
digress...

The SWP (effectively the driving force behind the grouping) has fell out with Galloway in recent weeks and now I learn that three loyal and long-standing SWP CCers have been expelled for siding with him. Could this spell the final death of the fighting vanguard? Let's hope so. It seems the grand coalition of the masses is dying on its feet. Never mind, eh.

FROM OUR FOREIGN DESK
The Swiss Peoples Party (those of naughty sheep poster fame) is once again the largest party in Cuckoo Clock Land. Also of note is the Swiss Greens getting 20 seats in the lower house and, curiously the newly formed Liberal Green Party of Switzerland picking up three. I'm speculating that this lot broke away due to being sick to the back teeth with Euro-Green liberal-leftism - I know how they feel, but we just can't keep stomping off just because we're not getting our own way. Frankly I'm actually quite amazed this kind of split hasn't happened with the Green Party of England and Wales (not that I wish for it) But I always think majorities should constantly have to deal with challenges from below. Green Nationalist! Get yer Green Nationalist!
The regionalist Ticino League also picked up a seat as did the far-left.

The Poles have also swung to the right. But as far as I know the Third Positionist National Rebirth of Poland (NOP) didn't stand. This is odd - they picked up 7,000 votes last time, admittedly not a lot, but something to build on as they say. Maybe they're turning their attention to street-level.

ON THIS DAY
Today is King Alfred's Day. He died on October 26th AD 899. An english hero, national icon. Raise a glass, eat a burnt cake.

THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
Next wednesday is Hallowe'en, All Hallow's Eve, Samhain (Sow-en) It is a time to accept death in the lifecycle, to honour our ancestors and remember loved ones no longer with us. It is the time when the veil between our world and theirs is at its thinnest. It is also a time to eat, drink and be merry before the parky weather sets in.


Friday, 19 October 2007

Eng Dem's ears burning

Although yours truly has always fancied himself as a bit of a pundit of the political non-league, I've tended to keep my predictions to myself lest I end up with egg on my face. So it was heartening to read this week that I'm on the same wavelength as at least one figure from the fringes - Ex-Political Soldier and Third Way ideologue Graham Williamson. In a recent article on his organisation's site (which is always worth a gander - http://www.thirdway.org/) he predicts that UKIP run the risk of being eclipsed by the English Democrats(http://www.englishdemocrats.org.uk/). This is something I've believed could be on the cards for sometime if Robin Tilbrook's lot are savvy enough. In fact you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to see this. English nationalism has been on the rise for a decade and the BNP recently adopted the call for an English parliament as official policy in response to it. Coupled with the rise of the SNP this sees the Union at its lowest ebb for 300 years. Williamson also reports that the Eng Dems have been undertaking joint work with Third Way in the latter's Havering fiefdom. This isn't the first time the Eng Dems have worked with what the mainstream media would call the far-right - they are associated with the Freedom Party in the pressure group English Lobby. Berrocscir's Banner believes it's important for the enemies of the political establishment to work together on points of common interest, but on such a media-driven terrain, the Eng Dems, who have a lot of potential with their moderate civic-nationalist message and genuine ambition, need to be wary of liberal-left hacks digging up such titbits to bite them on the bum.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

It's not only Ming that's packing it in

Despite their recent loss of Michael Meadowcroft to the Lib Dems the continuity Liberal Party can take some solace this week. A bumper crop of Devon Lib Dem councillors have defected to the true defenders of Real Liberalism. Leaving one of the Big Three for a minor party and knowing that they run a big risk of losing their seats shows real political conviction, a rarity these days. Also, full marks to the Liberals who recently shared a platform with the English Democrats. Challenging the tyrants demands non-sectarianism.

While on the subject of throwing in the towel, reports are coming in that the Birmingham-based New Nationalist Party are calling it a day. They are the second BNP splinter to fail to make a go of things, the first being the moribund Freedom Party who also had a West Midlands base - As The Banner has said before partisans of all shades need to stay in the mother organisations and fight.

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

The Green Party's Principle Speaker election results are in. Caroline Lucas beat Jenny Jones for the female post and Derek Wall fended off Darren Johnson. A strange combination - A convinced Realo and an Arch-Fundi. Let's hope they get on better than they have been during the leadership debate. Ah, well - in true Green fashion - a compromise. Maximum unity is needed in the coming years. The new 'faces' of the Greens need to put aside their differences for the good of the party.

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Handbags in Kernow?

Whilst the ranks of Cornish nationalism cannot claim the mass support of similar movements in Ireland, the Basque country or even Wales or Scotland, it is by no means irrelevant. The Cross of St Piran is much in evidence from Padstow to Bodmin, Land's End to Looe.

Mebyon Kernow, the left-leaning Cornish nationalist party can be well proud of its representation in local government and can take some credit for nationalism's steady progress in Cornwall. Berrocscir's Banner then, is saddened, yet not completely surprised to hear tell of a split in the ranks. Apparently it's all about a faction unhappy about MK's opposition to the creation of a Cornish unitary authority, and probably also due to Left/Right divisions within MK. MK is horribly pro-EU, which no doubt irks MK's more conservative elements. A breakway group is setting up a new Cornish National Party, probably nothing to do with an earlier incarnation of the CNP led by Leonard C. Trelease, a former MK leader, in the 60s. Confusingly another CNP, claiming lineage to 1975 are here: http://partikenethlekkernewek.fortunecity.com/

If a split in MK has occured, this is awful news. Berrocscir's Banner appeals to the splitters to stay in MK and fight their corner. Breaking away over what are pretty minor differences can ultimately only serve the enemies of Cornwall. Win the arguments, don't walk away.

JUSTICE FOR THE BASQUE COUNTRY - STOP THE VIOLENCE
Eighteen leaders from the banned Basque nationalist Batasuna party were arrested on October 4. The Spanish state should know that they can ban organisations and lock up individuals, but they can't ban or lock up an ideal.

Berrocscir's Banner supports the goal of an independent Basque homeland if the majority there want one. However, this blog does call on ETA to call an immediate and permanent ceasefire and to pursue their goals politically. Their homeland is a relatively prosperous and stable one. There is no mass support for armed struggle and certainly no justification for killing in the name of Basque freedom. Stop the killing. Release all Basque nationalists. Start talking.

ON THIS DAY
In 1066, Harold, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, fell on Senlac Hill at the Battle of Hastings along with his Fighting Man and Golden Wyvern standards. In recent years an increasing popular commemoration has taken place at Hastings to mark this pivotal point in English history and this blog sends greetings to those people gathered there yesterday, people who care about English history and culture.

Friday, 12 October 2007

YES for success

The Green Party's leadership debate continues apace ahead of that all important ballot in November. Berrocscir's Banner appeals to all GP members to vote 'Yes' to a formal leadership when the time comes. You are NOT a pressure group or a propaganda campaign - You are a political party, that plays by the system's rules. You CAN make the bigtime and make real changes. A recognisable leader will go a long way in achieving this. If you want to stay on the sidelines in glorious purity vote 'No'.

The case for the 'Yes' campaign is overwhelming. Rejecting it means continued marginalisation.
Here's the YES campaign's site: http://greenyes.org
...and in the interests of political debate, here's the NO's: http://www.greenempowerment.org.uk


MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the outer-limits

Former MP Michael Meadowcroft has left the Liberal Party (the remarkably durable and relatively successful continuity brigade who carried on after the Lib/SDP merger in '88 - http://www.liberal.org.uk/ ) to have a reconsiliation with the Lib Dems. The lure of the 'bigtime' is very great.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Unveiling the Berrocscir manifesto...

Everyone else has got one, so here's mine:

This blog opposes:

* Globalised economics and markets. Multinational corporations and big business. Banks

* Neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism and neo-imperialism

* Creeping global mono-culture and multiculturalism

This blog supports:

* Decentralised/localised economies and markets. Cottage industries, workers' co-ops and small independent businesses and traders. LETS schemes, credit unions and local currencies.

* Local political and economic independence. Self-sufficient, folk-centered societies

* Local cultures and national identities. Tradition.

This blog also recognises the value of political and economic theories that oppose an increasingly globalised and monocultural world. These include distributism, some forms of socialism and nationalism and strains of Green thought. It also asserts the old Left/Right political dichotomy to be outdated in the 21st century and that new political battlelines should be based on opposition to or support for political/economic/cultural globalism.


THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR
One thing I forgot to post here the other week was to wish my reader a happy Michaelmas (pronounced 'Mikel-Mus') Day for September 29th. Nowadays we have World This Day and World That Day but the English calendar is full of wonderful days which mark its traditions and make it unique. Likewise for all other nations and cultures - and I'll drink to that. The English traditional year is peppered with beautiful, sparkling jewels which carry with them the collective social DNA of our nationhood and which permeate our folk memory. So happy belated Michaelmas, dear reader and if I don't forget I be marking future special days on this blog henceforth.

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

Thank God for that - Broonie's bottled it! Not having a general election until 2009 will help the minor parties prepare, secure more candidates and raise funds. Therefore they are more likely to give the big three a well deserved kick in the knackers. Lovely!

Friday, 5 October 2007

Under Starter's orders?

If Mr Broon does finally put us all out of our misery and calls an autumn election, I fear this will catch the minority parties on the hoof a bit. Lacking a professional national infrastructure it'll be hard for many to cope with the bureaucratic nightmare of getting names on ballot papers. If the rumours that UKIP and the BNP are skint are true this won't help them. The BNP might even want to consider a 100 or so seats sacrificing a Broadcast and saving all that extra deposit dosh for next May's locals where they could make gains. UKIP may want to scale down the 400 they stood in 2005 and save up for the 2009 euros where they're bound to do better. Respect, I suspect will be crafty and only stand in a few seats so they can concentrate on targets - they MIGHT pick up one or two seats. The Greens, bless 'em, are expecting to pull out all the stops in an attempt to look like a serious outfit. Commendable, but it won't half leave them out of pocket.

Talking of the Greens their Principle Speaker elections are in full swing. For the boys the two main contenders are Derek Wall (incumbent) arch-leftie and eco-warrior and Darren Johnson the suit wearing Realo. If they have any sense the membership will go for Daz. Much better speaker. For the girls we've got ex- London deputy mayor Jenny Jones versus MEP Caroline Lucas. Not much between these two, but it should be Caroline, really, as in this age of media-whoredom, she's simply the most recognisable. Sorry fundis, you've got to be a hustler if you want to get on.

Oh good! Another foreign election. Ukrainians this week narrowly elected the centre-right bloc of Viktor Yushenko/Yulia Tymoshenko...deep breath...who were standing on the All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland Party/Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defence Bloc ticket. Ah, well another victory for for Globalisation, then. This lot are firmly neo-liberal/pro-American etc. I know the defeated pro-Russian lot aren't angels but it does turn my stomach a bit.



MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

The Green Party's influential Green Left faction seem to be getting pally with the small Trotskyite and utterly useless International Socialist Group. Brilliant. Seem to be on the cusp of more electoral gains, got green issues near the top of the political agenda...Oh nearly forgot - fall in with a load of idiots...great.

The English Democrats like to present themselves as pretty much centre ground. "Not right, not left, just English" they say. What must they think of the Daily Telegraph putting party chair Christine Constable in their Top 100 influential right-wingers?! I wouldn't worry brethren, it's all publicity. Incidentally the EDP claim they now have 93 parliamentary candidates lined up. An impressive figure given their size and resources. But come on guys, I'm just an idle blogger - yesterday you were telling me you only needed 70 for a Party Election Broadcast, now you're telling me it's 106. Please, don't get me worked up.

Since their triumphant showing in 2004 UKIP haven't really had much to smile about. So they must be cock-a-hoop that their autumn conference is getting a good airing on TV and Radio. To my knowledge the arguably stronger Greens only got a bit on the BBC Parliament channel. Has Nige got a mole at the Beeb? Talking of UKIP they managed 90 votes in a Portsmouth council by-election last week. Not much to write home about, maybe but they did beat the English Democrats - a party I believe UKIP to be secretly wary of.

When doing the rounds of political tittle-tattle on the net, I read a claim this week that Veritas are down to SIX members. Believe me, after 20 years of political flirting I can believe it. Must give the anarchoid groupscules a massage though, that. Next to the 'Straight talking' party they must feel like the great CNT of old.

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Hardest game in the world

"You a minor party activist, eh? Hardest game in the world that, innit eh?" So might say the Fast Show's Archie. Perhaps the New Nationalist Party's Keith Axon was thinking along those lines last week. He managed to accrue a mere 25 votes in the Brandwood ward by-election for Brum City Council and a whole 265 votes behind his BNP rival in third place.

If there's one thing I've learned whilst wasting my life away political trainspotting, it's that it is easier for a pub side to beat Brazil than for minor parties to break the Lab/Con/Lib stranglehold on political life. The odds are greater still when splinters from minnows throw their hat in the ring. As with so many others, the case of the NNP is, I fear, more to do with personality clashes and inflated egos than with sincere aspirations.

A case in point is last year's Scottish Socialist Party/Solidarity extremely messy split. For a while at least I had thought that maybe the left had begun to actually get things right (no pun intended) for a change. But, no they had to balls it all up and give the tabloid press a field day into the bargain. Result - seven lost MSP's. What's the Latin for 'Don't hold your breath'? I'm thinking of adopting it as this blog's motto.


MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer Limits

A Welsh Community (i.e Parish) Councillor has joined the BNP. Not much to crow about, I grant you, but slightly more interesting given that said councillor is ex-UKIP.

I promised myself when I got this thing up and running that I wouldn't constantly bang on about Respect (Peace be upon them) but the Galloway/SWP split is showing no signs of abating. Come November's conference we should see the familiar sight of expulsions, walkouts and general mayhem. Nice to see the SWP's negative Midas touch still alive and kicking.

A little birdy tells me that the Greens are aiming for half the parliamentary seats in England and Wales whenever Gord decides to go to the country. Their highest score to date, I think. It'll cost 'em, but I admire their ambition.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Third Position? It's all Greek to me

I've always found national elections on the continent (that's Europe, I'm a euro-centric pig) more interesting than here in Blighty as you tend to get more extreme voting patterns. Also a bewildering array of parties from all over the political spectrum end up coming away with at least a seat or two.

Yesterday's Greek elections were no exception. OK, the main outcome was not so unusual with the the centre-right narrowly beating the centre-left, and there was the familiar sight of more communist parties than you could shake a stick at all clamouring for proletarian affection (the combined far-left vote was nye on a million - a figure the Brit left can only dream of) But one lot who really caught my eye were the Popular Orthodox Rally. Relatively new kids on the block, they managed to bag 270,000 votes and 10 seats (net gain 10)

Browsing through their programme (i.e. Wikipedia) I was intrigued to read this:

"...the demarcation of the political world in the Right Wing and the Left Wing is not relevant anymore after the end of the Cold War. Nowadays, everyone in every aspect of his or her everyday life is either in favour or against Globalization". The party claims to consist of radically diverse groups that span the entire Left-Right political spectrum. Party president Karatzaferis, speaking on the 6th anniversary of the party's creation, stated "We are united in the only party that has in its ranks labourers and scientists, workers and the unemployed, leftists and rightists..."


(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_Orthodox_Rally)


That makes 'em pretty much Third Positionists by my reckoning, and going mainstream in Greece? There's me thinking 3P was destined to remain on the fringes for now. The cultural imperialists won't be happy.

I also read today that the prospect of Flanders and Wallonia going their separate ways really IS on the cards. Fair play to 'em, national self-determination and all that...That's one in the eye for the EU, innit?!

Sunday, 16 September 2007

You are now entering Free Berkshire

I send greetings in solidarity this week to the comrades who put up 'Berkshire' on a roadsign on the Wantage Road in Wallingford. While I cannot possibly condone the defacing of public property, I do stand by the cause of freedom for historic Berkshire and for the restoration of boundaries of all the traditional and historic English shires. Perhaps the tide is turning. Most of northern Berkshire was annexed to Oxfordshire by the stroke of a Whitehall pen in 1974, without so much as a by your leave.
END THE OCCUPATION
SMASH THE 1972 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT!

As I write no group has yet claimed responsibility, but it does seem to follow the pattern of County Watch

MINORITY REPORT
Titbits from the Outer limits

The NF must be feeling a bit down in the dumps lately what with losing their parish councillor to the BNP (see a previous post) but every cloud has a silver lining. They beat UKIP in a Lewisham by-election last week, albeit by 6 votes and not exactly winning either. Also their candidate had previously jumped ship from the BNP. Swings and roundabouts.

Back in the Summer the Cornish National Liberation Army threatened to shout rude words through Jamie Oliver's letterbox, along with some nonsense about receiving logistical back up from the Provos (hmmmmm.....) All the hoo-har this generated in the media annoyed Mebyon Kenow, the moderate Cornish nationalist party. Well, the media love freedom fighters and 'Cornish World' magazine scooped an exclusive interview with the CNLA in which they claim 30 members. Tearing down Cross of St George flags seems a general tactic.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Don't dismiss King Nick

As a sort of postscript to my previous ramblings below, I often hear from other political trainspotters and weirdoes that far too much column inches and credence is given the supposed rise of the BNP. "They're small fry, far too much fuss is made of them" is often spouted. Nonsense! The BNP in effect have only been around since the autumn of 1999 when Nick Griffin deposed John Tyndall. Formed in 1982 they were really going nowhere under Tyndall, until their retreat from street politics in '94. This start to their modernisation process gave Griffin the chance to worm his way to the top espousing the euro-nationalism that gave Le Pen and Haider the limelight. In 2002 they gained 3 councillors, five years later they have 50 - now that takes some doing even when you take the immigration issue into account. It took the Greens 30 years to get over the 100 mark. Whilst the BNP are still far from getting MPs, they have every chance of getting MEPs in 2009.

Griffin recently won a leadership contest trouncing a Tyndallite with 91% of the vote. The membership made the right decision. Griffin is confident, an able speaker and knows how to turn the media's hostility back on them. And, apart from the odd Shinner, he's the only politician I've seen to get the Newsnight crowd all flustered.

Friday, 7 September 2007

May the fourth be with you?

Witness any post-election coverage long enough and, pound to a penny, you'll eventually get someone from one of any of the outfits from the political non-league boldly declare that their's is now clearly "Britain's fourth largest party". In the 70s this was the NF's fairly plausible statement. In more recent times Scargill's SLP and the Trotskyite SA have also claimed the title (ludicrously if you ask me)

What of today, and what are the criteria? There are certainly a few in the running: UKIP, BNP, Greens, Respect - not forgetting Plaid Cymru or the SNP. To reach an informed answer we've got to take into account things like elected representatives, membership levels, distribution of branches, percentage of vote, number of candidates standing. So, let's get the old microscope out then...(figures are from my slightly addled memory, ladies & gents, even I'm not sad enough to check up properly)

UKIP
9 or 10 MEPs
Membership - 15,000 ish,
Councillors - a handful
Branch distribution - fairly widespread, strongest in South-West, North-East
Last local elections: 1000 candidates

Greens
2 MEPs, 2 London AMs, 2 MSPs, 1 N. Ireland AM (technically Scottish & NI Greens are separate entities, but what the heck)
Membership - 7000
Councillors - 110
Branch distribution - Evenly spread. Most towns & cities have a branch
Last local elections: 1400 candidates

BNP
0 MEPs (although they came close last time around)
Membership - 8000
Councillors - 50 odd
Branch distribution - A bit patchy, strongest in north (Yorks/Lancs) & London/Thames estuary
Last local elections: 700 odd

Respect
1 MP (Gorgeous George)
Membership - c. 3000
Councillors - about 20
Branch distribution - A tad patchy. Only real strongholds are London and Brum
Last local elections: Dunno, 2-300, I would've thought

Unsurprising, UKIP polled over 2 million votes in the 2004 Euro's, but they usually poll badly at General elections and even worse at locals.

Greens and BNP are similar vote-wise. Greens got just over a million at the last Euro's with the BNP on their tail with 800,000
At the last General they polled similarly, doing well in places and saving a fair few deposits each, but dive-bombing elsewhere.
At the locals both can poll very well in many places (lots of second places each) but get poor returns elsewhere. obviously with all this this is probably down to how they prioritise target wards and pool resources.

Respect do poorly in most places but can do very well in the fiefdoms. To be honest, I think they've peaked.

It's a difficult one innit? Too close to call, indeed.

MINORITY REPORT
In the first of a series of subcolumns, here's the first instalment of titbits from the outer-limits:

The BNP held an Epping Forest council seat in a by-election last week.

The rump NF's sole parish councillor (vacant seat, Herts) has defected to the BNP

An upcoming council by-election in Brum is to have a BNP candidate up against Keith Axon, a long-time BNP activist, now standing for the breakaway New Nationalist Party. Who said it's only the left that get a touch of the Monty Python's?

And finally...It had to happen - George Galloway has fired a shot across the SWP's bows by circulating a document complaining of disorganisation and domestic anarchy. Expect a split soon

Thursday, 30 August 2007

Three Little Fishes...

Remember those heady days of February 2005? Makes you go all misty eyed doesn't it? No? That was the month housewives' favourite Robert Kilroy-Silk, who was then a UKIP MEP, got the hump with Nigel Farage because he wouldn't let him be in charge, and went off to form Veritas. For a while things went swimmingly. RKS managed to take UKIP's two London Assembly members with him, plus a few high ranking party officials and UKIP branches started defecting quicker than you could say 'Amber Solaire'. In the May General Election they managed to stand 65 candidates which is no mean feat for a party only three months old.

But then the familiar 'breaking the mould' dream dive-bombed. Only RKS himself managed to save his deposit and he jacked it all in come July. The great white hope of populist 'silent majority' politics had died...Well, not quite. Veritas is still limping along without Kilroy.

The populist, euro-sceptic, anti-immigration right has, in recent times, fractured in a fashion akin to the far-left. After Kilroy's resignation some Veritas members broke away to form the Popular Alliance boasting a sole parish councillor. And other similar groupings like the Populist Party and UK Popular Democrats have sprung up, even if they haven't exactly caught the public's imagination.

Now, in a refreshing non-sectarian move Veritas leader Patrick Eston has called a pow-wow of these centre-right minnows.
While only the UK PopDems and the BNP-splinter Freedom Party are going along next month, the English Democrats have also expressed an interest. Now call me an old cynic, but I have to question their motives. I'd say their intention is to go along and say where the others are going wrong is that they're not in the English Democrats - in an SWP stylee. You see, compared to Veritas, UK PopDems and Freedom Party, the EngDems, with over a 1000 members and already approaching the magic 70 parliamentary candidates to get a party political, they are positively titans compared to the others (I'd stick a ton on Veritas, PopDems and FP having less than 100 members each) Time will tell, but I can only see the EngDems seeing this as a recruitment opportunity. Maybe the Three Little Fishes will indeed swim over the damn and join up with the Momma Fishy...

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Fragments from the Golden Time

It was some twelve years ago when I read Laurie Lee's beautiful Cider With Rosie, his lusty, twinkling account of his 1920s Gloucestershire childhood. Last year, for a fortnight, I was enamoured by Flora Thompson's similar poetry Lark Rise to Candleford, which detailed her formative years in late-victorian rural north Oxfordshire. Today I'm reading Lifting the Latch by Sheila Stewart as told to her by Mont Abbott, a countryman born in 1902 who treats the reader to his memories of his life on the land around Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Some may label these books sentimental old claptrap, but I love them a) because I love sentimental old claptrap and b) because in reading these wonderful memoirs, I have a huge sorrow in the world we have lost. I'm not wearing rose-tinted spectacles, and these accounts show the brutality of the society they portray as well as the wonders.

It was an organic world these writers recalled, not the synthetic one we've inherited today. A natural one, not a plastic one. It was a world of a thousand islands of culture against today's cultureless world. And it's one I'd opt for over the Disney shops in the bland, souless McWorld we live in today hands down.

For a world of ten thousand flags!
Death to Global McCulture!
Death to the New World Order!

Friday, 24 August 2007

Squirels and Liberals

Like millions of others I waited with baited breath this morning for the results of yesterday's council by-election in the Squirrel's Heath ward in the London Borough of Havering. I wanted to see how well Greg Campbell of the National Liberal Party did. Now the NLP are, as you would expect, advocates of National Liberalism. Is this a revival of the old National Liberals of the 20s, 30s and 40s? Is it a split from the Lib Dems? Ah! is it a split from the continuity Liberal Party - the ones who refused to die after their bosses got in bed with the SDP?

Well...no. Its a lot more interesting than that. The 'new' National Liberal Party is the fledgling political wing of Pat Harrington's Third Way. Formed in 1990, the Third Way was a breakaway from the National Front. By the late 80s the NF had broken down into warring factions one of which was the Official National Front. The ONF contained young radicals Pat Harrington, Graham Williamson, David Kerr and a young Nick Griffin, who eventually went on to better things. It was the 'political soldier' wing of the NF that espoused a new 'third way' between capitalism and communism, often referred to as Third Position politics. When the old NF finally imploded Harington, Kerr and Williamson formed Third Way (Griffin joined the International Third Position, whose politics were identical to Third Way's, but such is life) Nowadays its Williamson who seems to be the chief ideologue of National Liberalism (basically a a hybrid of the Third Position)

Anyway Third Way have never exactly set the UK political scene alight, but they have got a little fiefdom in Havering, hence my interest in Squirel's Heath. Turns out Campbell didn't clinch the seat for National Liberalism, but did get a respectable 170 votes and due to your correspondent's rabid hatred for 'the big three' (Lab/Con/Lib) I can't help but take my hat off to him.

Actually, getting back to Harrington (he's a curious character in the political fringe) he is now heading one of two organisations known as Solidarity - The Union for British Workers, after a falling out with the BNP - not much solidarity in evidence there then.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Crash, bang, wallop - wot a picha!!!

Gor Blimey! Garry Bushell, who was recently selected by the English Democrats Party as their 2008 London Mayoral candidate, has landed himself in hot water for making allegedly anti-gay comments on his TalkSport radio show.
Garry, who also boasts the support of London's cabbies, has duly apologised. Don't worry, Gal - I couldn't see you picking up much of the 'pink vote', to be honest.
I'm not a Londoner, but if I were I'd be casting my second preference vote for Bushell, as I support the English Democrat's demand for an English Parliament. My first preference? That'll go to the lovely Sian Berry of the Greens. A strange combination? Most definitely!

Right...Outside!!!

Well! There's me thinking that last night's 'Westminster Hour' debate between the Green Party's Caroline Lucas and Derek Wall was going to be a relaxed affair full of mutual respect and the willingness to learn from each other, when in fact it turned out to be a right old spat.
The 'Shall We Have a Leader' debate is a long-standing, time consuming one for the Greens, so passion was bound to run high, but I was shocked at the real signs of contempt both were showing for the other's stance.
I do hope this doesn't lead to a split come October's all-member referendum, because despite all their misguided liberalism on social issues, I do cast my vote for them due to their decentralised economics and anti-globalism. In fact I'd like to see them getting broader in scope. The present leadership is effectively the Green Left faction, full of anti-capitalist zeal. But I'd personally like to see a strong rightist faction return (like with the old Ecology Party of old) espousing a bit of nationalism, distributionism and Social Credit theories. Unfortunately, this is about as likely as Nick Griffin converting to Islam.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Welcome to my world

Hi world

Berrocscir here. This is my first post in this here little blog and I don't have a clue what I'm doing! I am a luddite of the first order, but I hope to get to grips with this stuff so I can share my thoughts with you.

My user name is the old English word for Berkshire.

The main purpose of my blog is to comment on my first love - fringe politics. Not the coma inducing stuff, but the more intriguing ("We'll be the judge of that" I hear you cry)

First up is the upcoming referendum in the Green Party of England and Wales about whether to ditch the male/female Principle Speakers they've had for 15 years in favour of one leader and deputy leader. Personally I'm in favour of the latter.

Radio 4's Westminster Hour at 10pm tonight will interview Greens Caroline Lucas MEP and Derek Wall (current Male Principle Speaker)
on both sides of the arguement.
Here's the link to the Campaign FOR an elected leader: http://greenyes.org
And here's the NO campaign's site: www.greenempowerment.org.uk

Let battle commence!