Sunday, 31 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
In all those years of elections, after the nominations were signed and accepted by the elections office, I have never had anything like the telephone call I have had from a lady who signed the nomination papers of our UKIP by-election candidate, Melvin Ward, who is standing in the Birmingham Lozells and Handsworth ward.
This lady, who I approached while pounding the streets getting the ten required signatures, telephoned our UKIP office in Birmingham and seemed quite concerned. It seems that the Labour Party agent had written a letter to her asking if she had signed Melvin’s nomination papers. It looks like the Labour Party are now so desperate and obviously concerned that they may lose one of their safest wards in Birmingham they are having to resort to the dirty trick of trying to get their opponents knocked out on some sort of technicality.
It took me four long hours wandering around the area knocking on doors, chatting to people in their gardens, getting a lot of refusals, although everyone was polite and quite friendly despite the fact they did not want to sign – which was fine by me. However, if the Labour Party wanted to have a chat with me I could have told them in an instant that all is above board and that the elections office were content too. In fact, it’s a wonder the Labour Party has time to go around pestering people who have the freedom to sign the nomination papers of those they wish to support – I thought they would be far too busy sorting out their fiddled expenses!
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
It’s quite something when Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party takes note of one of your comments. This happened to me a few weeks ago when at a UKIP elections meeting in London a group of us were discussing some of the media’s negative outpourings about UKIP. I mentioned about being invited to do a debate on Matthew Revell’s Politics on the Show Wolverhampton Community Radio and how my Lib Dim opponent came out with this nonsense that UKIP was in a state of collapse, I referred to Mark Twain’s famous quote: “News of UKIP’s demise has been greatly exagerated.” Nigel seemed to like that comment.
When the powers that be, which maybe the pro-EU BBC, the left leaning press, or the Tory supporting Daily Telegraph all latch on to something they can use to undermine their common enemy, UKIP, they all pile in with the same old tosh irrespective of facts or any hint that one of their hacks has actually sat down and done a bit of research to verify what they are talking about. If they had done their job then they would have had the old journalistic problem of letting the truth get in the way of a good story. UKIP is far from finished and its teams of activists are working flat out for a good result on June 4th.
Some more of this tosh appeared on the letters page of the Daily Torygraph today (8th May, 2009), a certain Dr Spencer Fitz-Gibbon responded to comments about how to ensure the less than savoury BNP does not get any of its henchmen elected. He points out that in the North West the eighth seat will go to one of the smaller parties and then stated: “UKIP has largely collapsed” – how does he know any of this as it is a different message to those of us within UKIP? He then goes on to promote the wishy-washy pointless Green Party as the way to stop BNP. No, the way to stop the BNP, the way to stop any further erosion of our sovereignty and Parliamentary democracy is to vote for Britain’s third largest political party in these elections, which is UKIP. What twerps such as this are doing by repeating this negative mantra is actually helping to promote the BNP - which will not do well anyway.
Lets look at the facts, UKIP put out its first election broadcast last night which has gone down extremely well. Nigel Farage,
On June 4th just go out and vote UKIP wherever you are in the country and put paid, once and for all, to the nonsense – and the EU.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
During World War Two the people of Britain were forced to carry identity cards due to the national emergency of being at war. The reason being was that it was presumed only those who had a right to be here in the UK would be issued with an I.D. card, whilst ‘fifth columnist’ and Nazi stormtroopers who may happen to drop in by parachute would not have such a document. I suppose there was a simple logic in that argument, also that any forgeries would be easily spotted, which considering the complexity of some of the documents successfully forged in prison camps across Europe by our own POW’s soon puts paid to that argument.
Although the authorities seemed to be keen on the keeping of compulsory I.D. cards after the war, they were not really popular and eventually the ruling was challenged in the courts and the old paper I.D. cards, which by then contained a great deal more information than when they were first introduced, died a death and no free British subject mourned their passing. In fact the removal of I.D. cards and rationing meant a return to normality for most and the war years were put behind us as the country in those days had a future to build.
Now, sixty or so years later, I.D. cards are back, or our control freak Government would like them to be back. The difference with now and then is that modern I.D. cards will be far more sinister and will allow the state to pry, monitor and even control our lives. What will be seen as a simply little bit of plastic with a chip, will be able to store masses of data upon each and everyone of us, data I add that will be available to private companies for a price, and to many others too. This will be data that given the track record of our Government offices will be far from secure and certain people will be able to obtain without our consent or knowledge – it will be data that many of us would not want in the public domain.
Although a certain number of gullible people think that I.D. cards will be a panacea against crime, fraud, terrorism and a hundred and one other problems, in fact I.D. cards will not tackle or stop anyone of those problems. In some cases they will create problems.
Those who lose their I.D. cards will be in for such a nightmare time that neither Kafka or Orwell would have been able to imagine – and the fiscal cost will be painful too. Then there will be people who will find that their I.D. card will not allow them to have a book from the library if the state suddenly deems them a risk. What too to those who will, without a shadow of a doubt, have their I.D’s stolen? Impossible? No, look at credit cards when the chip and pin first came out, there was never going to be any more credit card fraud – fat chance, credit card fraud thanks to chip and pin is doing very nicely thank you.
So, some poor sap will have their I.D. stolen and the next thing they know they will be arrested and asked to explain themselves, and whatever they say the authorities will probably not believe them as their stolen I.D’s will be saying something else. Innocence until proven guilty will be well and truly dead to be replaced guilty by I.D. card irrespective of the fact it has been cloned. In fact the only people who are going to do well out of I.D. cards will be the state as it will be another tax income, the multinationals who will be awarded the highly lucrative contracts to administer them, and of course, a vast army of criminals who will find their forged, cloned and stolen I.D. cards will give them the credibility they currently do not have.
The only thing one can identify from the introduction of I.D. cards is a major problem for each and everyone of us – when introduced we will kiss our once cherished freedom goodbye.
To support the campaign against I.D. cards, visit the No2ID web-site.