Local and European Elections 2014

ep2014 projected seats

ep2014 projected seats

Why the surprise at the results? The surprise is the surprise, or maybe we should not be surprised that political commentators and mainstream parties are so out of touch.

Anyone who has an ear to the ground would not be at all surprised at the results.

Ukip have trashed the other parties. Why, because people are sick of the other parties, sick of the EU and want to see tight controls on immigration.

What was disgraceful during the campaign was the smear tactics used against Ukip.

Labour blame failure to tackle Ukip. That was not the problem. The problem is the failure to offer any radical alternative to the hated ConDem government. All Labour offer is Tory Lite. A leader who is incapable of coherent argument, who speaks in meaningless sound bites.

The only party offering a radical alternative is the Green Party. And yet they barely got a look in, thus the public is not aware of their polices: EU referendum, tight controls on immigration, renationalise the railways, no to fracking, safeguard the NHS, a living wage, derail HS2, no second runway at Gatwick, no third runway at Heathrow, tackling of climate chaos …

We could have had an EU referendum during the May elections. Why did we not? Because the outcome is known, a massive NO to EU.

Labour are refusing an EU referendum, which shows arrogant contempt for the people. The position of the Tories little better, sometime in the future in Never Never Land.

The contempt the Tories have for the people was shown when one day after the elections, they made an important announcement on fracking.

It is not only England that seeks a destruction of the EU. It is true in other countries too. The same applies to mass immigration.

In Cyprus, their tourist industry is being destroyed through use of cheap immigrant labour. Cheap Romanians and Bulgarians, who do not speak English who lack any knowledge of Greek let alone Cypriot culture, who make no contribution to the local economy. Side by side with the use of cheap immigrant labour, high local unemployment, reliance upon food banks.

Cyprus and Greece have seen their economies destroyed by the EU.

The EU is corrupt, undemocratic, a tool of big businesses, an attempt by Nazis in the dying days of the Third Reich to create the Fourth Reich.

Break up of the EU is not a left-right issue, it is an issue of democracy and accountability.

LibDems blame their trashing on being willing to take on Ukip. They did not, Nick Clegg came across as a fool, Vince Cable a clown. LibDems are a party entirely lacking in principles. The party whose only interest is power, who will do anything to remain in power, and it is this lust for power that has been their downfall. The party that delivered austerity, Bedroom Tax, a tripling of student fees, massive growth in food banks, workfare, class warfare on poor, disabled, destruction of NHS, hike in rail fares. The LibDems deserve to be wiped out. Nick Clegg will be written in the footnotes as the unprincipled leader of the LibDems who destroyed the party. If Nick Clegg had any decency or integrity left, he would have resigned.

The LibDems are going to be wiped out for a generation, and they deserve to be. And the LibDems cannot pile all the blame on Nick Clegg. They are calling for the sacking of Nick Clegg. They should have ousted him as soon as he sold out the party for a handful of silver. They did not as so they are all tarred with the same brush.

The mainstream media talk of a redrawn four party political scene. Once again they have lost the plot. It is now a five party political scene, with the LibDems as also rans.

In the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor, only two Green candidates stood in the local elections, they only announced they were standing a couple of weeks before the elections, and yet by highlighting the contempt the local council has for local people, they managed a respectable second and third place in the respective seats they challenged. In the Euro elections: UKIP 7712, Tories 6435, Labour 3636, Green Party 1661, Libdems 1491.

There is something else happening, reflected in low turnout out, far more important than elections and political parties and that is the move to a gift economy and collaborative commons. It is slowly, slowly gathering momentum.

Top Story in Sue Searle Daily (Wednesday 28 May 2014).

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8 Responses to “Local and European Elections 2014”

  1. peterbarnett7 Says:

    I met UKIP Cllr Mark Staplehurst at the count. I see why you rate him, he did seem to be a very fine fellow.

    Peter

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  2. keithpp Says:

    I have never met Mark Staplehurst, but we have talked, and he is a rare example of a councillor in the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor working on behalf of the local community.

    Contrast him with the councillors who met with McDonald’s to destroy The Tumbledown Dick, who when it was discussed at planning came across as clueless idiots, who gloated it was to be destroyed for a Drive-Thru-McDonald’s, who showed arrogant contempt for the local community, who abuse local people on social media.

    It only serves to highlight how bad the smear campaign against Ukip.

    Private Eye showed how the Tories were feeding smears to the mainstream media in exchange for a softly-softly approach to the Tories. One of the papers party to this sordid deal was The Guardian.

    We need good councillors, irrespective of party.

  3. Luis Escamez Says:

    A brilliant piece, superbly punctuated as always.
    Keep shining Keith. You are an outstanding human being.
    I am in love with your toenails along with other sections of your anatomy.

  4. keithpp Says:

  5. keithpp Says:

    The Lib Dems’ future, with or without Nick Clegg
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/27/lib-dems-future-nick-clegg

  6. keithpp Says:

    Grass roots activists got a million votes in Spain!

    View at Medium.com

  7. keithpp Says:

    At the local and European elections two weeks ago, the mainstream political parties got a drubbing. What difference has it made? Seemingly not a lot, either they are not listening or they are showing their usual arrogant contempt for the people.

    And yet nothing has changed,

    The right of recall is being watered down.

    https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/the-right-of-recall/

    Oil companies are to be allowed to trespass and frack under private property.

    https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/tell-david-cameron-to-frack-off/

  8. keithpp Says:

    Distorted news coverage by the BBC
    https://keithpp.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/distorted-news-coverage-by-the-bbc/

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