Monday, 29 September 2008

The Sound of Music

Well, your average South German nationalist could be forgiven for doing Julie Andrews impressions today...Another continental election, I can't keep up.

The Austrian legislative elections yesterday were good news for the nationalist FPO and it's breakaway, the BZO, together getting nearly 30% of the vote. Austrian (ie South German) voters still gave the nod to the neo-liberal parties of the centre-left & centre-right, however. They came out on top, but they will have do some backroom arm-twisting to form a government. But nearly a third of the electorate showed their disapproval of the EU and the islamification of their country.

In addition the Austrian Greens (dispite their usual lovey-dovey multiculturalism) held their own, and at least they're euroskeptic. I just hope the silly so-and-sos don't come to the centre-left/centre-right's aid and prop-up their pro-globalist administration. As things stand the results look like this:

Social Democrats (centre-left) - 29.7% (58 seats)
People's Party - 25.6% (centre-right) (50 seats)
Freedom Party - 18% (35 seats)
Alliance for Austria's Future - 11% (21 seats)
Greens - 9.8% (19 seats)
Other parties - 5.8%
Source: Austrian Interior Ministry

I've always had to admire a politician who doesn't care what he says and the FPO's Heinz-Christian Strache is no exception! Get a load o' this from today's Times:

Speaking at his final election rally in Vienna’s working-class district of Favoriten on Friday, he said that people were scared to see women in burkas running around "like female Ninjas"

An FPO colleague of Strache is quoted in the Guardian thus:

while another of his party leaders reminisced about the days when the kiosks on Vienna's squares sold sausage and wiener schnitzel, rather than "the kebab joints selling falafel and couscous, or whatever you call that stuff"

I know, I know...I'm gonna have to go on a diversity and inclusivity course (all at the taxpayers expense, probably) but I did laugh...

The civic-nationalist Free England Party gained a disappointing 81 votes (6%) in Stevenage's Pin Green council by-election last Thursday, down somewhat from previous outings. Oh well, the path to salvation was never a smooth one. The Banner's message of solidarity to FEP candidate Richard Aitkins is a quote from that great filum Michael Collins:

Eamonn De Valera (Alan Rickman, soothingly): Wait, Michael, wait...
Mick Collins (Liam Neeson, impatiently): Till when?!
Eamonn (knowingly):...The next time...

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Scottish Greens to debate Fuhrerprinzip?

Robin Harper, co-convener of the Scottish Greens has stood down from the post and has called for the party to adopt a similar leadership structure to their colleagues south of the border. They have about a year to debate the issues before next year's conference where they can put it to the vote. By next summer, the benefits (or not) of the new Lucas/Ramsay leadership team should be apparent and Scottish greens can see if its for them or not, by then. Having a face with whom the public can identify with positive green ideals may even go someway to clawing back the five MSPs the Scottish Greens lost in 2007.

Talking of the Greens,they are defending a seat in Formley & Wortley ward in Leeds, with polling taking place as I write this. They are defending a huge majority of around 1500. But what caught my eye about this contest was the Alliance for green Socialism are also standing, like they did in the same ward last year. They got a derisory vote last time which they will no doubt get today. But their existence still proves the sectarianism on the left. The AGS has it origins in Labour Party 'usual suspects' and CPB hangers on. But as far as i know their is no dialogue between them and the much larger GPEW. Looking at the positions of both the AGS and GPEW Green Left faction, I can see no obvious hurdles to dialogue. At the very least the AGS could agree not to stand against Green Left candidates, and for the Green Left's part - if they can work with small Trotskyite organisations like Socialist Resistance, they can work with AGS. Surely it's not being entirely Utopian to call for all Greens, when it comes to the electoral front, to strike as a fist?

Over on the english nationalist front Berrocscir's Banner is hoping for a good showing from the Free England Party's Richard Aitkins who is standing in the Hertfordshire Pin Green ward next Thursday, whilst hoping for a similar outcome for the English Democrat's Mike Blundell who is standing in a Bristol ward on October 9th.

Kiwis go to polls
New Zealand's General Election goes ahead in November and there are a handful of broadly anti-globalist formations throwing their hats into the ring.

Firstly, although monarchism is more popular here than with the Aussies, NZ's Republicans are hopefully going to show that the Kiwi nation can easily hold her own without the patronage of some elderly aristocrat 12,000 miles away. Although their returns last time around were meagre, a bigger republican vote in November, whilst highlighting the legacy of colonialism (proto-globalism) will indicate the people's appetite for self-sufficiently, independence and identity, something this blog always encourages.

The main left-wing grouping standing seem to be the recently formed Residents Action Movement Although kow-towing to the multi-cultural agenda and bending over backwards to Islam, the RAM can be applauded for their localist and decenralist policies and for their strong anti-corporate/anti-capitalist stance.

Also worthy of note are the Democrats for Social Credit who are standing in several seats. Any party keeping the flame of Social Credit burning is OK by this blog.

NZ's parliament also has seats set aside for the Maoris. Something entirely justifiable to safeguard this ancient, noble and distinct culture.

Turn, Turn, Turn - A Wheel of the Year special
It's been nearly a year since Berrocscir's Banner began the occasional Wheel of the Year column. Your's truly is no hardcore Wiccan or in-yer-face pagan, but just a soul who wants to pay homage to the eternal cycle of life and death and how it is manifested here on our beautiful planet. So the Wheel entries on here are a simple way for your author to keep in step with the rhythms of the year, and, for me, a way of keeping in with the lifeforce and our ancestors who built our nations and cultures thus making us who we are.

Last Monday night (15th) I gazed up at the full Harvest Moon (complete with a fine halo through the thin cloud cover)and contemplated this time of year: A time of harvest, reaping what we sow, sharing the spoils at this time of fruits. I remembered that Autumn is a time of maturity (which comes before decline). For a couple of minutes at these markers throughout the year, I can remind myself that I'm part of the infinite, Divine universe. I came from it and shall go back to it. Although, even as long as I breathe, I am ever connected to it. I am it. In all its uncharted majesty and awe.

As a child I used to love school Harvest Festivals, my eyes growing before nature's glorious bounty before me in the Assembly Hall. After assembly we'll take our horn of plenty round to the old people's bungalow's nearby and distribute our prize to them whilst singing We Plough the Fields and Scatter...

This fond memory is part of a larger folk-memory, vital to all peoples if they are to maintain their uniqueness, their identity, themselves.

Recently I've gazed at windfalls on the path on the way to work. A glance at the apple - a symbol of Autumn in England - on a drab, grey morning, is an incantation, a little prayer. Not to anyone in particular, but just to existence itself. A weekend bus journey passing ripe cornfields...having a full moon illuminate my journey back home after missing my stop - these are my altars.

I started Wheel of the Year last October 7th with Michaelmas, and, well the wheel turns indeed, here we are coming up to Michaelmas again.

In the Social calendar,the stuff Mother Nature has taken a back seat with, the English year has just taken in the wonderful Last Night of the Proms, so that means Guy Fawkes Night is on the horizon (its Bonfires borrowed from a much earlier time than the seventeenth century) and Remembrance Sunday...until then, Blessed Be!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

O Canaduh!

Above: The separatist flag of Western Canada

There's a federal election coming up on 14th October in Canada. Berrocscir's Banner will watch with interest the performances of the Canadian Greens (who last month picked up their first MP - a liberal defector). It's doubtful if they can gain seats this time despite their countrywide poll of 4.5% in 2006. Anti-globalists should also be cheering on the Canadian Action Party. Although they are unlikely to grab seats, the Left-Nationalist CAP are anti-globalist, anti-free trade, anti-NAFTA, so more power to their elbow. Their origins are in the Social Credit movement, once an influential force in Canada.

How Canada's thriving separatist and secessionist groupings fair in this year's poll, will also be of note. The The Quebec secessionists must be one of the most powerful in the world. Whilst there are a number of active Quebec nationalist groups in existence, it was the Bloc Quebecois who polled 1.4 million votes (42% of the whole Quebec poll) in 2006. In the 1995 referendum the figure voting to secede was 49%, so there's a real possibility we will witness a Free Quebec in the not too distant future. If this happens maybe it will kick start a domino effect on the rest of Canada which is ripe for dissolution. As well as the First Nations managing to keep a political voice today, there is also the emerging Western Separatist movement. This movement's main political force seems to be the fledgling Western Block Party. Although their 2006 vote was derisory, the WBP, who seek secession for British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, could be on to a winner if their patience can hold. The Western territories have a different vibe from the rest of Canada. It is the ethnic homeland of the descendants of Germanic/Nordic settlers with their distinct traditions. It's people don't want the french language enforced on them and it has different traditions and heritage to the peoples of the First Nations. There are other Western separatist groups who unfortunately seem to relate to the WBP with some antagonism, but hopefully we can witness an improvement on the 2006 vote.

Other separatists exist in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, although whether they will stand and how well they fair if they do, is a moot point. Newfoundland in particular has a rich, distinct culture due to the many settlers it attracted from Wessex in the 1800s, so it at least has some identity to go on, should secessionist groups take hold elsewhere in Canada.

Now, there are some numpties who want to hop into bed with Uncle Sam, but, in Canada's case, hopefully the pendulum of history is going the other way.

A little bit of merger-mania to report this week. In a move which may cause their erstwhile colleagues in the English Democrats a cursory glance in their direction, the Free England Party have managed to poach Chris Nickerson, the (sole?) man behind the English Independence Party To all intents and purposes the EIP is Nickerson's personal brand name, but despite this, the fact that Nickerson agreed to take on the seemingly ceremonial role of FEP President at an NEC meeting on Saturday, is a small victory for English nationalism. Nickerson had been mocked by other activists for his own wilful isolation, so its good to see the FEP extending the olive branch. The EIP has been noted in English Nationalist circles for its robust immigration policy. Is this something we will see the FEP, as good civic-nationalists looking over?

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Secession, secession, sucession

Republican US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been courting controversy this week presiding over who must be the most embarrassed young couple on the planet. For Berrocscir's Banner, however, the real scandal was the revelation that Palin's husband, Todd, was a paid up member of the 13,000 strong Alaskan Independence Party as recently as 2002! Oh, the shame of it!!

This is all to the good, a free bit of publicity for the Alaskan secessionists, and indeed, the secessionist movement worldwide. Secessionists in the US seem to be on something of a periodic upturn, so this widespread media coverage is to be welcomed.

Talking of the US Presidential election, a footnote to this year's campaign is the welcome, no honestly, the welcome news that the Workers World Party , one of several Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyist groupscules in the States, is officially backing Cynthia McKinney, the Presidential hopeful for the Green Party .

Apart from the Wobblies I know very little about the Left in the US, and don't know if the WWP consists of half a dozen academics plus a token Blue Collar OR the massed ranks for the proletariat (...although I know what I'd put a tenner on)But this step the WWP has taken is encouraging. It shows the Left coming out of their ideological hidey-holes. The WWP has obviously studied green politics and had a little internal debate over it. The time was when small trot groups wished disease on other tendencies, so this small example is a step up from glorious isolation and impotent ideological purity.

At the present time, the best hope for alliances between disparate anti-globalist forces seems to be of the Red/Green hue. There is a strong socialist current within the Green movement which is a positive thing. Working together, talking together is the only way anti-globalists can make concrete gains.

It's not often you see the left get one over on the BNP these days, but that's exactly what happened on Thursday in the Barrow Borough Council Newbarns ward by-election. In a Tory hold the Barrow-based Socialist Peoples Party beat the BNP 155 votes to 104 and just 12 votes behind the runner-up Labour candidate. It might be a local issue the picked up on, respected local activists taking on local case work and the bread and butter stuff, but the SPP, in pipping 'the fash', actually only succeeded in splitting the anti-globalist, socialist vote. The BNP are just as socialistic as the SSP, albeit of a different hue. We could argue over the finer points, but divided the globalists will always win out.

Caroline Lucas is the first ever elected leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, taking a cool 90% of the vote. Good on loser Ashley Gunstock for preventing a straightforward coronation. Plucky little Adrian Ramsay was elected Caroline's deputy. The job now is to make this leadership team get well and truly on the media's radar and most importantly, to go out and WIN SEATS.