Now I don't want to suggest there is any correlation between readers of the Daily Mail and the British National Party, but below are a couple of comments on their story about the BNP and their recent electoral success.
Using the unique scoring system Daily Mail comments enjoy, the first scored +1537 while the second registered at -663. Need I say more?
I watched on TV as a Labour Party Member said that The Party needed to change its leadership to save the Party. They simply do not get it. It is the basic principles that the people hate not just Brown and the crooks. Euro re sent the message but I am sure that the Labour Party will still continue to blame the expenses debacle for their demise. Give the country back to the British and stop this unchecked immigration fiasco.
- Pete, Phoenix Arizona USA, 8/6/2009 7:57 +1537
I love the fact he is based in Arizona. I bet he misses the irony. I am ashamed that my compatriots have seen fit to vote for a Fascist Party on the anniversary of an invasion to free Europe from Fascism where so many gave their lives for our freedom. That said I am afraid that the blame lies emphatically at Labours door. They have presided over a totally failed immigration system, they have cultivated a benefits dependency culture, they have failed in their housing and education policies making their traditional white working class supporters feel abandoned. On top of that the entire country feels that mainstream politicians, and especially Labour, are simply not listening. I watched Labour MP after Labour MP smugly saying Gormless is the only man to deal with all of the problems we are facing, and now is not the time for an election. From their perspective it's not the time because almost all of them will be unemployed. We, the people, know most of our woes were created by Gormless and we DEMAND an election NOW!!!
- Frank Spence, Maidstone, England, 8/6/2009 7:57 -663
I may disagree with most of what this chap says but he has a valid point and is right to put the blame at Labour voters. But he wasn't popular on the Daily Mail website.
And finally, Serene of London had the guts to point out how the voting was going on the Mail's website and it didn't do her any favours, registing -602.
What a shame that so many anti BNP comments are given a negative rating here. You should be ashamed of yourselves. They are fascists - what my father fought against - and you vote them in.
- Serene, London, london, 8/6/2009 7:36 -602
North Briton should make it clear: The Daily Mail, of course, would never have inadvertantly encouraged any of its readers to be anti-immigrant/asylum seeker/foreigner in any way at all.
In the midst of the political maelstrom currently sweeping through Westminster, important details are being missed. We are about to go to the polls in European elections and there seems to be an inability by any major party, especially the Conservatives, to talk in any details about the huge issues that confront the EU.
In comparison to the revelations concerning MPs’ expenses, the gravy train in which MEPs currently wallow is, frankly, staggering. It also lacks huge democratic accountability, which is allowed to continue by member states. Its farming policies, fishing policies, have been a disaster for the very people who they were intended to help as well as causing massive problems in countries across Africa, unable to compete against subsidies.
But today we had the spectacle of Conservative leader David Cameron standing up in Prime Minister’s Questions and not actually asking a single question of substance which could possibly contribute to the election tomorrow. Of course, he is eager to make political capital out of the farcical last days of this government, but it is also clear the Conservatives don’t really want to talk about Europe because they know they are getting into bed with some very unpleasant bedfellows.
It was one of Cameron’s earliest pledges, to leave the centre-right, and pro-European, EPP group. Since making that pledge Tory officials have been scouring Europe trying to find suitable partners.
First up, one of its major partners will be the Poland’s Law and Justice Party. This is led by Jarosalw Kaczynski, who, alongside his brother Lech, appears a strange, inbred, figure. Under their leadership, these very ardent anti-communists, have created a very insular and deeply conservative party, aggressive towards homosexuals and clamping down on dissent.
In 2007, its deputy education minister said any teachers deemed to be ‘promoting homosexual culture’ should be sacked and in 2005 Kaczynski himself said there should be no gay teachers. Another likely partner will be Latvian Nationalists, who pay tribute to the Waffen SS.
When asked by the media, senior Conservatives protest and insist there will be no alliances with far right groups across Europe. But this, frankly, is a bare-faced lie.
What sort of country are we going to turn into when our allies are going to be people like this?
It’s a pretty extraordinary situation when not one, but five MPs, all announce they are stepping down from their various positions. It’s a complete, utter, disgraceful, shambles.
Of course, attracting the most headlines will be the end of Jacqui Smith’s tenure at the Home Office. It hasn’t been a particularly glorious time for the department and she looked pretty miserable when confronted by Chris Grayling in the Commons this afternoon. All too often it appeared as though she was directed by the reactionary element within the department and simply unable to head off ID Cards, lengthening detention without charge etc. It is a far cry from her first action in the office back in June 2007 when she embodied calm after the attempted terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow. She said there would not be any knee-jerk laws introduced and she was quietly impressive; a moment that was all too brief. It shouldn’t be forgotten, of course, that she is the country’s first female Home Secretary – a great achievement in itself.
We have just heard that Tom Watson is to step down as a Cabinet Office Minister. The Telegraph erroneously reported that they expected him to say he wanted to spend more time with his family: he is, instead, to become even closer to Gordon and be a Downing Street adviser and organise strategy. For someone who is supposed to be a strategic planner, it’s not particularly clever to allow knowledge of his departure to emerge on the day when four other MPs are losing their jobs in way one or another. Surely it could have waited to the reshuffle, expected on Friday?
As for the others: Well David Chaytor is hardly a great surprise, or indeed, a great loss to parliament. It was a surprise when Beverley Hughes returned to the government in the first place and Patricia Hewitt has been out of government for some time so her announcement is also of no great surprise.
What is incompetent is this drip, drip, drip of announcements and leaks of MPs stepping down. North Briton has written before that the government appears to be a dying administration, with far too many echoes of the incompetence which marked John Major’s administration. But for this all to be happening just two days before the European and Local election is frankly stupid beyond belief.
Labour is going to get hammered and there are some ministers and officials who should be ashamed of their malevolence and reckless behaviour.
Oddly though, one thing it might reduce is the chances of a leadership challenge. After a tumultuous day in Westminster today and a major reshuffle on Friday – though having done the sums North Briton can’t see it being quite as violent as Macmillan’s Night of the Long Knives – the PLP is likely to spend some time licking wounds before gearing up for any more battles.
What a mess.
UPDATE: Ian Gibson has been deselected this evening. More embarrassing. Below is the quote from the Labour Party. "The special NEC endorsements panel today unanimously recommended rescinding each of their endorsement as Labour candidates. They will not be able to stand as Labour candidates in any constituency at the next general election. The organisation committee of the Labour Party's NEC agreed with the panels' recommendations and new prospective parliamentary candidates will be selected to join Labour's hardworking councillors in Bury, Norwich, Scunthorpe and Luton."
Sorry for the lack of posts but have been very busy with holidays/work/family etc. But until North Briton catches up with time again, here's an excellent little video about the truth of the BNP by Don't Panic Television. It's quite revealing.