Category Archives: Election
Well, That Was Dramatic
… but really no surprise. We all pretty much knew that Brexit Party were going to clean up on a Leave message and Lib Dems were going to clean up on a Remain message.
I am sad that so many Conservatives lost, but not that sad, because they lost an election for a job that wasn’t mean to exist. And the people who won, won a job that is unlikely to exist for very long. (But probably long enough for some funny moments to play out in Brussels.)
Thank goodness, Theresa May has gone. You would think that we would now choose a strong Brexiteer as Leader. You would think that the soft wet left edge of the party might shush for a bit and stop with the blathering that has led us to this impasse. You would think that a powerful Leader who is not afraid of WTO Brexit if the EU won’t budge would take us out in October and be done with the whole sorry charade.
But too many of the Parliamentary Conservative Party have shown themselves to be very slow to pick up on Brexit clues, oblivious to what their members and supporters want, and willing to let that self-same soft wet Left of the party run the show too often.
Make no mistake – picking another Remainer, or some EU apologist who is terrified of No Deal, will lead to disaster. We are pretty much out of time and face an existential threat to the future of one of the oldest political parties in the world. We appear to have woken up at last – stay strong now, please. Every step must now be the right one.
Pleased to see Dan Hannan MEP won, at least. Hope to see him in Parliament in the future.
That Was Quite Something
Wow, that was an eventful campaign.
I was very sad to lose David Oliver and Garry Tibbs to FDC. It’s unfortunate for Walsoken and Peckover too, as they’ve replaced two hard-working, decent men for … well, you know. But, as my old pal Rollinson used to say if electorate who vote in people like this: “you get what you vote for.”
The mixup of Independents, Lib Dems and otherness that now form the FDC opposition isn’t a massive change from before really. Having opposition who were never really Conservatives move from being in your ranks to outside of them is really just the same people doing what they do a little more openly. I would not rule out one or two more “surprises” even after the elections are over. I think its actually quite healthy for individuals to be revealed for what they really are, rather than what they pretend to be. At least, when the dust settles, the picture is clear.
All in all, given the national trend delivered by the Brexit Fiasco, we did well compared to many areas. I was particularly pleased that Wisbech Town Council remains almost the same and actually had a slighter better result than four years ago. Then, the voters delivered us four opposition (two Independents and two ‘Kippers) and this time they delivered us three. It was nice to take a District Council seat from the opposition in Waterlees and to secure three Town Council seats there. The new Conservative Councillors will be a great team.
Hill Ward was brilliant. A great deal of effort was put in to take this from us, including the massively biased local press doing everything they could (as predicted) right up to the eve of election front page attack article (as predicted) and they must be absolutely fuming that the effort failed. In the current political climate that’s really quite a feat to have overcome such a gargantuan #Fakenews effort. Well done to all involved. Peter Freeman was the only opposition candidate who I noted was a gentleman about the whole thing. Fair play for that.
I rather enjoyed getting blamed by the opposition for everything (as usual). I don’t mind. I am the bogeyman of the opposition, who spend many hours in their tiny moist online hideyhole frothing about me and believing I am responsible for everything from the big bang to the end of time. As with many other events over the last few years, if they believe I am somehow behind everything that happens that makes them angry it’s no concern to me.
It’s a different local political landscape, for sure. Interestingly, an area where some people say they want “party politics out of local Government” have just elected probably the most political Council this area has ever seen. The speed with which an “Independent” “Group” forms and gives itself a leader and Special Responsibility Allowances will be a sight to see, I suspect. How long before the first “group meeting” is called for the party that isn’t a party? But I could be wrong. Maybe they’ll all stay true to their “Independent” claims and not form a group etc. We shall see.
A sad day to see some truly wonderful Councillors lost to our area. I suspect we will feel the consequences of those losses in the months and years to come. But onwards and upwards. Local Conservatives will now have to work even harder for our towns, for Fenland and for the people that live here. I feel confident that’s what we will all do.
I had one of the best canvassing days EVER today.
The sun was shining and literally every single person I spoke to door-to-door was supportive and friendly. I canvassed for six hours and covered over half of my ward and it was absolutely brilliant. I’d like to thank so many people that I spoke to that were all so nice.
When I got home I began to get word of the list of candidates that were standing in Fenland. I had wondered if we might get some “no contests” but I never thought there would be so many. All across Fenland, many of my colleagues will be elected unopposed.
In a way I am a little disappointed, as the unofficial news is that I will also be elected unopposed. I’m sad because I had been really hoping one of these so-called “Independents” was going to stand against me. I would have liked to see how that worked out for them.
I’m sorry to the people of Medworth that no other candidate has put their name in. You deserve a choice and that has been denied to you. I would have been happy to campaign for re-election on my record. Indeed I have already put out a newsletter, a letter and a leaflet across the ward, and canvassed about 75% of the ward, so I was certainly up for it. It appears that the various other parties and “independents” couldn’t find somebody willing to take me on. It appears they were all frit, as there’s no sign of them. Or perhaps they are just supportive of the work I do? :)
But I’m pleased for my Town Council colleague Michael Hill, who is Deputy Mayor and can now be as assured as you can be with such things that he will be the Mayor in May. I know he is going to be a great Mayor – again!
Once more, thanks to all the people who had said they were going to vote for me. It was truly humbling. There’s no need to do so now, but I will work hard every day for the next four years on your behalf. Thank you.
General Election Wash-Up
Everybody and their Sister seems to have written a “what went wrong” piece about the last General Election. I’ve avoided it so far because (a) nobody probably cares what I think and (b) I wanted to mull it over.
Having spent a few months doing so, my personal view is that it’s much simpler than many people think.
In the first instance I’d like to say that I think the Prime Minister was correct to call the election. The polls made it a safe gamble and she needed a strong majority to push Brexit through and get significant Parliamentary work done. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off. But that doesn’t make it a bad idea. Just badly implemented.
So, in my view, the reason the General Election didn’t go as expected boils down to three things.
(1) It was an ideologically poor campaign. There wasn’t much “conservatism” in there. It was managerial and failed to inspire enthusiasm. In fact, there were some hostages to fortune, ill-conceived ideas that had no business appearing in any manifesto, let alone a Conservative one. But that alone wouldn’t have turned the tide.
(2) Theresa May made the entire election about her and how strong she was. This was a perfectly good thing to do, but she then needed to go ahead and BE strong in public appearances. Personally, I think she probably is strong, but the campaign did not showcase that. In fact, it did the opposite. And the danger of campaigning on strength is that if you can’t look like it’s true, the campaign crumbles. But that alone wouldn’t have turned the tide.
(3) The main reason is the choice to run a negative campaign. Don’t get me wrong, negative campaigns are just as effective as positive ones, in the right setting. But Theresa May called the early election, which suggested she thought she was going to win. A negative campaign revolves around demonstrating the dangers of the “other guy” getting elected. How can you reasonably suggest that disaster will happen if the other guy gets elected, when you called the early election in the first place? It doesn’t ring true. Though, in actual fact, it was closer to the truth than anybody knew!
Some readers may wonder why I don’t credit any of this to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. Honestly, I really don’t. I think they were bit players who benefited from mistakes made on the Conservative side during the campaign. If they can be credited at all, it is for running a “safe” campaign that avoided their glaring weaknesses – and not being called on it. For the record, despite Corbyn’s current fairly good polling and Theresa May’s falling stats, I still don’t actually believe the country would ever vote for a Prime Minister Corbyn. I could be wrong, stranger things have happened. But I find it very hard to believe that the UK would commit itself to a financial and social basket case when it came to the crunch.
All just my opinion, of course, and many will disagree.
NE Cambs Election, 2017
Our local result in North East Cambridgeshire was declared at 3:55 this morning and was as follows:
Steve Barclay (Conservative) 34,340;
Liberal Democrats 2,383;
English Democrat 293.
Congratulations to Steve on increasing his vote and increasing his majority in North East Cambridgeshire!
Just A Reminder
… of a happy day. :)
The By Election for Wisbech South was held today and it was interesting because it was the first time the people of Wisbech have got to say how they feel about two years of UKIP County Councillors. Now it’s true that UKIP were utterly destroyed in both the General Election and the local elections a few weeks ago, silencing their many claims of an electoral breakthrough. But This division was won in the last elections by UKIP and can therefore be seen as the first direct chance for local people to show how they feel about two years of UKIP County Councillors.
The Conservative Candidate, Samantha Hoy, won with a massive 64% of the vote, smashing her opponents out of the water even all put together.
Now it’s not for me to express the will of the Town of Wisbech. I am just one person and not a particularly interesting one at that. But if I were them I’d be pretty rattled, both by what happened a few weeks ago, but even more directly by this result.
Vote For Sam
Tomorrow there is a by-election for the County Council division of Wisbech South.
If you live in Wisbech South then your choices are;
Dean Reeves for Labour : Dean is a nice chap, but he’s still Labour which means he is still from the party of taxing and borrowing and taxing and borrowing. His blog talks about all the changes he would like to make and it’s revealing that he gets some stuff completely wrong, some stuff is already happening and most of it has no bearing on the role of County Councillor.
Susan Carson for UKIP: Seriously? Who is going to vote UKIP? This is the party who gave us Peter Lagoda, the man who first got into trouble over the benefits claim and ended up in court pleading guilty, then got suspended by his party, then resigned at precisely the right time to land us all with an unnecessary bill. Once bitten, twice shy, and all that.
Josie Ratcliffe for the Lib Dems: “The Lib Who?” I hear you cry. Indeed. The Lib Dems support in Wisbech evaporated some time ago, mostly of their own doing. But Josie Ratcliffe doesn’t even live here. What is it with Lib Dems fielding paper candidates from miles away? It’s never worked so far, but they keep doing it. Can’t they find a local candidate?
Sam Hoy for the Conservatives: It will be no surprise to you, dear reader, that I’d rather like you to vote for Sam tomorrow. But not just because she is my friend. On every measure she must surely be the best candidate? She has by far the most experience as a Councillor having been a senior County Councillor previously, a senior member of the Fire Authority, a District Councillor, a town Councillor and the Mayor of Wisbech. She has always served the town in an exemplary fashion and commands the respect of many Officers and constituents. Sam has demonstrated on many occasions a keen mind, a solid work ethic and a compassionate and honourable nature.
But frankly, the main reason I’d like Sam to win tomorrow is a selfish one. I’d rather like somebody who – when a Highways issue arises – actually does something about it. That would be nice.
The Security Of A Home of Your Own
To make sure more people can enjoy the security of home ownership, a Conservative Government will extend the Right to Buy to up to 1.3 million tenants of housing associations in England and create a billion pound Brownfield Regeneration Fund to unlock 400,000 new homes on brownfield land.