Saturday, 26 April 2008

...The second time farce

I remember being gutted when Garry Bushell pulled out of the London Mayoral race for the English Democrats. And I was in a similar state yesterday morning when news broke that Matt O'Connor, Bushell's replacement, had followed suit. The English Democrats' press release has cited personal problems, while O'Connor told the media "I should have checked them out more" It's easy to jump to conclusions with this quote. Maybe Matt meant the party was rather less professional than he had hoped.

When O'Connor was unveiled as Mayoral candidate back in January, he was previously unknown to me, but on seeing his CV I thought he'd do. I thought he looked like a contestant on Dragon's Den or The Apprentice, but he seemed up for it and able, something that was confirmed by his triumphant election broadcast - by far the best of any of the minor party's efforts in my humble opinion. The question is though, with the deadline for withdrawal of nominations long gone, why did he jump with just a week to go? His name will remain on the ballot so what's the point, it's not as if he was looking at a landslide victory, despite the ever-optimistic proclamations of party grandee Steve Uncles. This double whammy can be viewed however,
with a pinch of salt. English nationalism is undoubtedly on the ascendant, as the song goes - it's just one of those things you put down to experience.

One of the the benefits of a globalised era has got to be the glorious youtube. You can watch all the election broadcasts if you miss them or live outside our nation's capital (hang on, is that Winchester?) In all honesty, I reckon the English Democrat's (ill-fated!) Mayoral one was the best - very slick, in-yer-face, TRUTHFUL.

I was expecting something a bit more professional from '"today's BNP", as their Chairman eloquently put it. It had all the right ingredients, it was just dreadfully portrayed, I thought I was watching 'Acorn Antiques'. I did like the smiley wheelie bin, however.
For the Greens it was a similar scenario: it had all the right bread & butter issues, but we could have done without it looking like the new series from cbeebies.

The Left List was standard fair - bring the troops home, a young woman in a hijab, NHS. The most amusing thing was Lindsey German, the List's Mayoral candidate looking like she's just got back from a night on the tiles and not being as confident as some of the other comrades featured

St George's day was partially visible round my way - the flag flittering from several public buildings, pub and motor vehicles. Its on the rise for definite, but like the English, it's taking it's time.
May Day and the 1000 pastimes that are associated with it is nearly upon us, a wonderful time of the year and a Merry May. Some celebrate the ancient festival of Beltane at this time. It's also that great marker in the English year - end of football, start of cricket.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Happy St George's Day

Greetings on this, our saint's day. I wish all English patriots good health. i feel good about today, despite one of my colleagues (a bit of a character) doing his best to cast a dark cloud over me on the one day when we're allowed just a tinsy-winsy bit of national pride. This morning I asked him innocently if he intended to raise a glass to St. George. This is the response I got:

What?! F***ing England?! I hate the f***ing place! It rips you off. The price of f***ing bread's doubled in two years. You can't afford to go out, buy some nice shirts, can't afford to f***ing smoke - not ALLOWED to f***ing smoke - "Get outside, you filthy B*****d!!" ...F***ing pit!

Although momentarily crestfallen, I took heart at this diatribe. My football loving, real ale quaffing mate, was just as English as me - we are a nation of moaners - he was just confirming a national stereotype.

Monday, 21 April 2008

Soldiering on...

You've gotta hand it to the NF, they don't give in. They're standing in five of the 14 Greater London Assembly constituencies and a few council seats elsewhere, particularly in their old Brum heartland. The relatively strong London showing, is, I think, partly down to them hoping to capitalise on the fact that the BNP are being very sneaky and only standing in the one GLA constituency (City & East, which includes their Barking & Dagenham heartland) What they appear to be doing is concentrating on they Mayoral campaign/top-up list and really throwing their resources into City & East where, on paper, they look to score well.

The England First Party are standing in what, deep down, must be a very disappointing 7 seats - mainly in their Lancastrian redoubt, but also one in Milton Keynes and one on the Isle of Wight, which might go someway in combating their 'Northern' image.

The English Democrats are contesting around 60 seats, slightly down on last year, but basically they're holding their own. Incidentally, the English Democrats are no longer mentioned in Searchlight magazine as being 'fascist'. This might be because the editorial board has actually got round to reading the ED's manifesto.

I've just read the London Mayoral booklet with a page each from all the candidates. What's Lindsey German's Left List logo? A big red soviet-style star! That's really 21st century, voter friendly.