What is it with English kings called Charles? This one hasn’t been crowned Charles III yet and he’s already provoking Russia into a war. Royalty should never name their firstborn Charles. They are nothing but trouble.
Anyway, I went to church to play a game of ‘pick the idiot’. The polling station was in a church. Not at the altar, where God could whisper ‘oh dear me no, not that one’ in the voters’ ears. It was in a churchy side room of some sort that smelled of pencil shavings and something nasty. I might visit the church again when I die. It depends which relative can be bothered dealing with my third-hand-smoke-infused corpse. They can take their time, it’ll be well pickled by then so should keep for a while.
I voted UKIP. That makes me an unintelligent swivel-eyed loon as far as the drones are concerned. They had better take care who they say that to because there are a hell of a lot of us about.
It was a long voting form and, as Oi You and Jaxthefirst noted on the previous post, it included a lot of mysterious ‘anti-EU’ parties I’d never heard of before with UKIP right at the very bottom. I assume it was in alphabetical order but didn’t really check. Just put X in the box, fold it and go. I had a litre of Teacher’s waiting so spending too much time on X would have been a waste.
Voting Conservative in the north of Scotland would have achieved nothing at all. The SNP and the LibbyDibbies have this place sewn up. Labour have the south but not the north. They still do better than the Tories here though. Even though the place is largely rural towns and farmland, natural Tory territory. That poll tax experiment was a very, very bad idea.
I did once vote Conservative here, but it was a sympathy vote. Also a safe vote – there was no chance of the candidate winning and it was a way to reduce the winner’s majority by oine vote. Perhaps voting UKIP will achieve nothing either but then they used to say that about the Greens and they have MEPs now. They even have one MP who goes on marches to protest about fracking. Who does she imagine is best placed to speak to Parliament about it, I wonder? Who is she protesting to?
Anyway, the vote is cast, the ticket posted in the ‘As if we give a shit’ box and by now, hordes of terminally bored people will be sorting long sheets of paper, each with one X in one box. I don’t know how long it will take to sort out the result and to accidentally put enough of the papers in the wrong pile to arrive at the predetermined result. Maybe this time it will actually really be a fair election. That would be something new.
There have been the usual smear stories about UKIP, the upstart party who dares to become popular by talking about things the real people want to talk about. Although as Frank notes, there has been no mention of the smoking ban for quite some time. The Big Boys have not said one word about UKIP’s promise to do away with this hateful legislation, even though they claim it is the most popular thing they have done since… um… the last popular thing they did… can’t quite think of anything at the moment.
The thing is, UKIP have gone very quiet on it too. I do hope they are not planning to renege on that promise. It is the number one reason for voting for them on my list – out of the EU is only number two and immigration – I don’t care. Just stop paying them to come and it will sort itself out. If they go back on this one thing, next time I am voting BNP. They will be the only ones left. I still have my Hells Angel uncle’s old SS badges so I’ll be fine.
I don’t think Smoky Nige will go back on it, he likes a beer and a cigarette just like normal people. However, if UKIP do one day get into government, he won’t be the only one to decide. The antismokers have infiltrated UKIP and have placed sleepers in there to screw things up, just as the main parties did. It won’t be easy.
The main parties woke many of theirs just before the election. It is no coincidence that large swathes of UKIP councillors and members revealed themselves as politically correct loons or wild-eyed racist fruitballs all at once.
The Puritans are still in there. They will not be activated unless and until UKIP get into Parliament. I hope Nige is smart enough to realise that the first MP he gets might well be a plant designed to make his entire party look nastier than Vlad the Impaler.
He’s a canny operator. He must realise that he is up against people who would make Machiavelli fall to his knees and clasp his hands in admiration. There are no depths they will not plumb in their quest to hold onto the free money we all hand over to them from the sweat of our brows.
Oh well, the vote is cast now. It’s all over bar the counting. We can but wait and see.
And in the end, it doesn’t even matter. The EU parliament is just as much a sham as any EU country’s government. It decides nothing. Herbie Remploy-Van and the shadowy wraiths behind the curtain decide things and then tell the EU parliament what will happen. Whether they vote for it or not is of no consequence.
What UKIP – and equivalent parties in other countries – do is to make that sham clear. They speak out in the EU talking room and are ignored, time and time again. They make clear that those parliaments are full of ravens who quoth ‘Nevermore’ at any suggestion they might be getting it wrong.
It is not a takeover of the UK that the EU, and the UK comfortable parties fear.
It is the exposure of their racket.