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!