A Flurry Of Days
On Saturday I had the pleasure of being dressed as a dragon all day, while manning the free bouncy castle at Wisbech Town Council’s first ever St. George’s Day event. We had taken the decision to do something quite different to March’s extravaganza. Ours was more low key and more aimed at younger people, mostly around the theme of “imagination.” So it was that we had a day of traditional story-tellers, with rapt kids sitting on cushions and rugs listening to the tales unfold. We had old-fashioned Punch & Judy. Face-Painting, colour and fancy dress competitions, balloon animals, knights in armour, a “dragon hunt” around the town – and the aforementioned bouncy castle. All free, all day. The event was rounded off with the Clarkson Singers doing a number of beautiful songs in keeping with the St. Georges Day theme. It was a lovely day and the many people who attended seemed pleased and impressed by the things that were available. Lots and lots of happy kids and families.
On Sunday I was out campaigning with Sam Clark and the team when The Sun story broke. Apparently a half-hour-long interview with the Mayor, Sam Hoy, was simplified down to a couple of sentences – completing missing most of her comments, the balance or her opinions and much of what she said. After which a handful of fairly stupid people attacked her and others on Facebook in a fairly vitriolic and blatantly racist way. Of course – none of us would say that immigration has been without its problems. But a lot of the claims made by The Sun were simply a steaming dungpile of nonsense. And the Mayor’s point, that the foreign people who have come to live here are steadily integrating and bring benefits to the town, is naturally true. But there’s no point telling the racists that. They just hate, hate and hate some more. It must be tiring to hate everything so much.
Today I’ve been frantically organising some of the details for a fairly exciting event we have planned for next Monday 5th May. All Seven of the Conservative MEP Candidates (including the sitting MEPs), plus Steve Barclay MP, will be coming to Roman Bank for a “meet and greet” with supporters, activists and members of the public. The event will include refreshments and is an opportunity to ask questions of our senior representatives and potential representatives at a relaxed and informal session. More info to follow soon – but if you’d like to attend please don’t hesitate to email me and let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org