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
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.
Posted by Richard's Tory Story at 11:04:00 pm
Sunday, 7 April 2013
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That's why we need Trident
Posted by Richard's Tory Story at 4:57:00 pm