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.

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.