Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Vote UKIP get BNP?

Back in 2011 I was campaigning in Leigh to fight the Council elections for the Conservative Party. Leigh is not exactly rich pickings for us but I'm very pleased to have raised the Tory vote from a low of about 10% to a steady 30% and rising. I'm also quite chuffed the BNP were soundly beaten. Then in 2012 something strange happened. The same candidate contested the same ward but as an independent. This was pointed out to me by my Labour opponent and we both realised what was going on. BNP had its hiatus a few years before. The year that, thanks to Proportional Representation, Nick Griffin became my MEP. Since then the BNP vote has collapsed and my BNP opponent suddenly became an independent. It almost worked. I campaigned hard and beat the 'independent' into 3rd place but his masquerade as an independent had gained him votes. Looking at some of the UKIP candidates it looks as though those with a right of right view on politics are still abandoning their natural home of the BNP and finding a new home in UKIP. Nigel Farage cannot be blamed for those with vile views and opinions gravitating to his party but he can be blamed for doing nothing about it. To now he appears in complete denial. A message to Mr Farage is please learn from history. The BNP grew out of the slump in the polls experienced by the National Front. As if to repeat history the BNP is slumping in the polls now as they did in the 1980's except this time they are finding a surrogate party in UKIP

Monday, 8 April 2013

Passing of a Local Lass Who Did Her Dad Proud

This is a picture from google streetview of 25 Westgate, Grantham. It's now the HQ of Grantham Taxis. Before that it was the HQ of Grantham Antiques where my mum was the shopkeeper and I lived in the flat above the shop with an outside privvy and sharing a room with my brother. Today there have been many tributes to a great Grantham lady with similarly humble beginnings, Margaret Hilda Thatcher, who lived with her family in a flat above a shop. The very things that made her a Conservative also shaped my Conservative values - hard work is its own reward, the state should be a hand up, not a hand out and a determination that people should be in charge of, and responsible for their own destiny. Mrs Thatcher took full control of her destiny rose from the daughter of a Grantham shopkeeper living in a flat above a shop to becoming the greatest peacetime Prime Minister we've ever had living in the other flat above the shop, as she affectionately called her Downing Street digs. My being the son of a Grantham Shopkeeper living in the flat above the shop you see in this picture I know only I can determine where I'll end up but one thing is sure Margaret Thatcher is one tough act to follow.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

That's Why Britain Needs Trident

North Korea Won't Spare Manchester
I was on holiday at the Woolacombe Bay holiday camp on the 9th September 2001 and a news flash announced that "a light aircraft has flown into one of the World Trade Centre towers".  Of course what transpired was the horror of the terrorist attacks which took almost 3000 lives. After the towers collapsed Osama Bin Laden was quick, unusually quick, to deny any involvement and it's no coincidence that there has not been such a devastating attack again. It's difficult to get into the mind of a mindless terrorist like Bin Laden and his followers but the person who can justify such an atrocity could also seriously think that the US would contemplate using nuclear weapons in retaliation. To the ordinary westerner this would be as unthinkable as flying passenger jets into giant skyscrapers, to the crazed Jihadist maybe not so. Bin Laden's reaction to the attacks made it clear that he did not expect them to be as destructive and world changing as they were. Maybe for a moment he feared that Afghanistan would become only the second country in history to suffer a nuclear attack. Maybe, just maybe, even the most hardened Al Qaeda terrorist has curtailed such attacks because they fear nuclear reprisals. It's ironic that we waged war on a country to rid it of weapons of mass destruction that turned out to be non-existent. In North Korea we have a country which is horrid to its people and openly shows the world hard evidence of its nuclear programme and we show restraint. A timely and convenient reminder to the world that we need a nuclear deterrent that can be launched from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world. This is what Trident gives us and we must not be left with aging and inferior technology than those of despotic states. But strong nuclear deterrents also deter non-nuclear threats from the warped minds of those who might think we would actually use it.
That's why we need Trident