Eagle eyed readers might note that I have amended slightly the first page of the reproduced judgement in the article below.

The addresses have been obscured.

I did this out of the goodness of my heart as poor Patsy Harrington was worried that he might suffer harassment of some sort. I am not sure who from – doubtlessly the potential list is long.

I wonder if he will apply to the ‘bogies’ in ‘auld reekie’ for a 500 metre total exclusion zone around his domicile to keep the badies away?

For some reason Patsy applied to the Employment Tribunal, as if they have an authority on what public document’s I chose to put up on my blog.

Given his lack of understanding of the law it is no wonder poor Patsy isn’t a very distinguished advocate.
 
I think we can all concur on that one!

But always the gentleman, I don’t want Patsy to be a-fret – so the addresses have been obscured!

There, there, there!

All he had to do was ask in the right quarter.

DISMISSED


Hello again dear readers!

I think it is time for an update.


First the good news!

Some readers will know that Patsy Harrington and his wife have been attempting to pursue me and my employer in respect of various claims in an Employment Tribunal case that was being heard in Edinburgh.

I have the lengthy papers and I can readily concur – and concur again – with the judge's findings.

This case was heard at a Pre Hearing Review and dragged on and on – it took up more court time that the trial of the Yorkshire Ripper!

Edinburgh is a nice city but frankly I have seen enough of it!

Anyway – the judge has looked at the evidence and Patsy lost on every count.

This is not the first time and probably won’t be the last where my enemies have failed in their attempts to manufacture gratuitous cases against me.

Let them try!

Meanwhile in the real world – I will repeat my earlier advice – if you want to save your country then join the English Democrats – they are the only sensible alternative to doing nothing.


I know some people have been disappointed. However the answer is to persevere and look to yourselves for action and inspiration!

WELL DONE ENGLISH DEMOCRATS!


The English Democrats just posted some excellent election results in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
If these results were replicated across England in the European Elections in 2014 then the English Democrats would get three MEPs elected.
The results were as follows:
Cambridgeshire – Stephen Goldspink – 7,219 votes – 8.1%
Essex – Robin Tilbrook – 11,550 votes – 6.87%
Kent – Steve Uncles – 10,789 votes – 5.3%
Merseyside – Paul Rimmer – 7,142 votes – 5.7%
South Yorkshire – David Allen – 22,608 votes – 15.6%
The English Democrats also contested the Corby by election, where David Wickham polled 432 votes (1.4%).
In the Police Commissioner elections the UKIP vote was down all across the board compared to the European Election. The BNP contested two parliamentary by-elections on the same day and their vote drastically declined compared to the 2010 General Election in both cases.
Only the English Democrats are showing encouraging signs of growth and progress!
I was pleased to be able to be able to assist Steve Uncles in a small way.
On Remembrance Day a group of English Democrats participated in the official parade through Rochester to the Cathedral and then were part of the official saluting base that the veterans and uniformed services marched past. Steve Uncles laid a wreath at the war memorial and most notably English Democrats standard bearer Lee Bottle proudly carried an English Democrats flag in the official colour party and inside Rochester Cathedral. The service was followed by a magnificent reception and buffet in the Corn Exchange. Special thanks must go to Mike Walters for arranging this fantastic and moving occasion for us.
The Rochester City Pipe band led the parade – adding panache and bags of swagger to the proceedings. Steve Uncles was particularly appreciative of their music!

A TALE OF TWO ELECTIONS - LONDON 2008 AND LONDON 2012

A GUEST ARTICLE BY LAURA DE SORDA

The London Elections this May were probably the greatest proof of Nick Griffin's failure as a political leader to date - and that's saying quite a lot. The BNP's vote in London literally collapsed in what is probably the most spectacular political implosion the 'right wing' has ever seen.

In 2008 the BNP were riding high and the party polled 130,714 votes across the capital on the top-up list. This equated to 5.3% of the vote and saw the BNP gain its first ever seat at a higher tier of governance. What's more, Richard Barnbrook's mayoral campaign took 69,710 first preference votes.

This year the BNP took just 47,024 votes on the top up list and Carlos Cortiglia - the BNP's mayoral candidate - took just 28,751 votes. This left the BNP with just 2.1% on the top-up list - not only had their vote collapsed but they had lost their deposit for the first time ever in a GLA election.

The BNP vote on the top up list had dropped by 83,690 votes and their percentage had fallen by 3.2% - that's a 64% drop in votes and a 60% drop in their share of the vote. The BNP vote for the mayoralty had fallen by 40,959 - a 59% drop. Catastrophic figures to say the least!

You can see below how the BNP polled in every GLA and London Mayoral Election to date:

2000
GLA Top-Up List - 47,670 - 2.8%
London Mayor (Mike Newland) - 33,569

2004
GLA Top-Up List - 90,365 - 4.7%
London Mayor (Julian Leppert) - 58,405

2008
GLA Top-Up List - 130,715 - 5.3% Richard Barnbrook elected
London Mayor (Richard Barnbrook) - 69,710

2012
GLA Top-Up List - 47,024 - 2.1%
London Mayor (Carlos Cortiglia) - 28,751

As you can see from the above figures the BNP's results this year were their worst ever. 2012 represents an all time low for the BNP. Yet despite the terrible results the BNP claim to have spent over £200,000 on the campaign and Griffin described the campaign as their 'best ever' on his twitter account as polls closed.

The BNP boastfully claimed to have had a million 'specially designed' London newspapers delivered across the capital (care of a delivery company as their activist base has dwindled to an almost non-existent level). They also claimed to have delivered 500,000 A3 glossy leaflets. What's more the gas guzzling, money eating beast known 'affectionately' as 'The Truth Truck' spent weeks trundling around the capital's congested streets.

So where did the 'best ever' campaign go wrong? In 2008 the BNP spent well under half the sum the BNP are claiming to have spent this year yet managed to get nearly 3 times the number of votes. Let's examine each aspect of the campaign and see where they failed:

1) The Literature

Despite claiming to have put out over 1.5 million different pieces of literature, what was distributed clearly had no positive effect what-so-ever on the BNP's vote. In 2008 the party had 800,000 specially produced A3 leaflets shipped to the capital, this was boosted by huge numbers of locally produced 'Patriot' leaflets.

The BNP is now in no position to produce local material as their branch and group structure has collapsed across London with many former activists and organisers either quitting politics altogether or moving to other parties.

But if the BNP's claims of 1.5 million pieces of literature are to be believed (after all they boasted about these figures on their party political broadcast), then they probably put out more literature this year than ever before.

However the BNP's literature this year clearly didn't hit the mark. Their 1 million London newspapers ran with the headline 'Proud Londoner Leaves £1/2 million to BNP'. Rather than running with a policy or a reason to vote BNP, they chose a bizarre boast about their renewed financial fortunes.

This headline was far more suited to an internal bulletin and would mean little if anything to the man on the street and certainly wouldn't give anyone a reason to actually vote BNP. The headline would also come over as needlessly boastful and crass at a time when normal people are losing their jobs and running low on disposable income. Certainly not a vote winner and potentially a large vote loser.

What's more, the BNP's A3 glossy leaflet - whilst looking flashy - looked more like a tourist brochure than a political leaflet. Again this piece of literature missed the point completely as it failed to carry a single policy on its front page - opting instead for the rather weak an ineffectual 'I Love London' slogan. Certainly not a vote winner or anything that would get people thinking or talking about the BNP.

Compare these pieces of literature to the ones used in 2008. The main piece of propaganda was an A3 glossy leaflet. On the front it made a clear statement. The leaflet compared two pictures - one of 'The Ladies of Barking' at the Queen's coronation in 1953 and a picture of several Muslim women in Burqas making crude gestures. The caption read 'The Changing Face of London - Is This What You Really Want?'

This simple, effective and highly visual representation of the immigration issue struck a chord with the BNP's core voters. What's more, even if the person looking at the leaflet didn't even open it they would still have taken something from it about BNP policy.

2) The Party Political Broadcast

This year's PPB in London - whilst not a disaster on the levels of the 2005 General Election broadcasts - was clearly a missed opportunity. Much like the literature distributed across London the PPB said very little about why anyone should vote BNP - instead focusing more on boastful nonsense about how many newspapers and leaflets the party had produced!

The broadcast smacked of an internal propaganda piece focusing on how well the party is apparently being run. The PPB then took a turn for worse as it slipped into a pointless infomercial on how to vote, voiced by Griffin attack dog Chris Vanns. Rather than spending time doing this Chris might have found his time better spent defending the last council seat the BNP held in Burnley.

Griffin then trotted out his silly new catchphrase - cross your heart for London. Not only does this sound silly and childish - it clearly doesn't mean anything to anyone. I'm quite sure that Nick Griffin thinks this play on words is pure genius, however in reality it is just another example of his political ineptitude!

Finally the there were a few policy points tagged onto the end - these took just 36 seconds out of a PPB that last 2 minutes and 42 seconds! What's more most were clearly voiced by northerners rather than Londoners - but I suppose that's what happens when most London members leave the party and you're left with little choice!

Compare this bizarre broadcast with the 2008 broadcast. The 2008 broadcast starts like a proper promotional film, it's uplifting and professional, but most importantly it soon moves onto policy points. It then moves on to showing BNP councillors and community workers doing good for their local communities - not that there would have been many left of these to show in 2012!

The 2008 PPB continues on with more members of the public all saying why they will be voting BNP and more policies are outlined. The broadcast also made a clear point of mentioning the BNP's opposition to immigration in order to reach out to the core BNP voter base.

2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZbZGbtBfys

2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeBuP4EzJFw

3) Billboards & Newspaper Adverts

In 2008 the BNP ran a reasonable sized billboard campaign around London and also had adverts in the local London papers. This year there was none of this. Griffin had earlier declared at a meeting in the North West that billboards actually lose votes because the other parties use them.

This is typical of the idiocy that Griffin comes out with. By his logic should the BNP stop delivering leaflets because that's what the other parties do? Instead Griffin came up with the idea of making homemade banners out of bed sheets and hanging them off bridges around the capital.

Firstly, this would look stupid and make the party look disorganised and unprofessional. Secondly, and more crucially, are there any members left in London to do this? I'm pretty sure that not one of these homemade banners was made or hung from anywhere.

Billboards and newspaper adverts on the other hand are great propaganda tools. Not only do they offer high visibility advertising but in 2008 they also showed the public that the BNP had moved up a gear into a new league. Having these forms of advertising show people you are a credible organisation and put you on the same level as the other parties making people feel you are a credible alternative and worth voting for.

4) The Mayoral Candidate

The BNP made the surprising choice of selecting a Uruguayan immigrant by the name of Carlos Cortiglia as their Mayoral candidate.

There isn't really much one can say about this other than that Carlos was quite simply a disaster. For a party that is most well known for its stance on immigration to stand a candidate who is an immigrant and can only speak broken English is obviously an own goal. What's more in the one interview I saw Carlos give he spent most of his time trying to tell voters the BNP weren't anti-immigration!

Most people who vote BNP do so because of the issue of immigration. Carlos sent a confusing message to core BNP voters. This is clearly seen by the fact that Carlos received a far smaller mayoral vote than any previous BNP Mayoral Candidate. This is an even greater disaster when you factor in that there were less mayoral candidates this year than ever before. In 2000 there was 11, in 2004 and 2008 there were 10 and this year there were just 7!

With a much smaller list of mayoral candidates the BNP should have fared better, instead they received their worst vote ever. Picking Carlos was a huge blunder.

5) Local Activism

BNP activism in London was also massively down. In 2008 the BNP held several very large and high profile weekends of activity in London at the beginning of the year. Each day of these weekends were attended by hundreds of activists from all over the UK. Literally hundreds of thousands of pieces of literature were delivered.

During the weeks in between these weekends of action local units put out tens of thousands of leaflets and papers. The whole campaign was packed full of activity. This is a marked contrast with the 2012 campaign. Big days of action were non-existent and local units had all but shrivelled up leaving any local activity to be small and inconsequential. What's more, due to the low levels of activism the BNP regressed to street activities and stalls rather than leafleting.

In the run up to the 2008 GLA election the BNP won a by-election in London. This set the tone for the campaign and put a spring in everyone's step. Conversely in the run up to the 2012 GLA election the BNP received its worst ever by-election result in the Goresbrook Ward in Barking and Dagenham - a grim warning of things to come.

When the voters went to the poll sin 2008 the BNP were the opposition in Barking and Dagenham, had 14 councillors in London and were the talk of the town. This year the BNP didn't have a single councillor left in the capital and had just 9 seats nationwide!

Conclusions...

In these large proportional representation elections the important thing for a small party is to motivate and enthuse their core voters. Everything about the BNP campaign failed in this respect. From the poor literature that failed to focus on policies to the boastful internally focused TV broadcast, everything failed to attract and motivate the BNP's core vote. The choice of candidate was just the final insult for many BNP voters.

So it's clear to see, this was the worst ever performance for the BNP in London - despite it being the 'best ever' campaign according to the ever more delusional Nick Griffin. Whether the BNP really did spend that much money or deliver that many papers and leaflets also remains to be seen. Rumours are circulating that the party really only printed 250,000 papers and thanks to HQ incompetence - we're looking at you here Clive - 150,000 of them are still sat somewhere in Cumbria!

Either way, this is a massive blow for the BNP and probably their greatest electoral disaster to date - and that's saying something when you take into account the awful general election of 2010 and the pounding they took in last year's assembly and local elections.

The writing is on the wall for the BNP. Griffin and his band of miscreants have destroyed the BNP and taken it to an all time low. Any leader with an ounce of decency would be apologising profusely and penning their resignation letter. But not only does Griffin think he's done nothing wrong, he's still deluding himself into thinking he's got up the upper hand.

His last tweet on the election read: "Our problem is that our millions of admirers don't vote for us. Theirs is that they have no admirers I know which problem I'd rather have!" Yes Nick, I'm sure you'd rather take the odd hooting car horn from a passing motorist or the occasional handshake in a rundown pub over millions of votes, hundreds of members of parliament, dozens of MEPs and thousands of elected councillors... The man has totally lost it!

So if you're waiting for Nick Griffin to do the decent thing don't hold your breath - the man doesn't have a shred of integrity or decency in him. For all those who have slavishly followed him this is where he has led you - electoral oblivion! But at least people still beep their horns at him every now and then - there's a consolation for you!

CITY HALL

I attended the declaration of the results from the Greater London Mayor and Assembly elections at City Hall last night on behalf of the English Democrats. It was an interesting spectacle.

I attended in 2008 as the BNP’s campaign manager. I had a well trained team with me, checking the results as they came in and number crunching. Our supporters dominated the building, walking around with a confident air. There was a buzz of excitement, partly generated by the prospect of Boris Johnson unseating Ken Livingstone and partly as a result of the BNP’s campaign and the likelihood of the BNP for the first time getting a senior politician elected to public office. There where big crowds outside City Hall. Some were interested spectators while others were rowdy left wing demonstrators.

It could not have been more different this time around. There seemed to be no public interest whatsoever. There were no demonstrators. The small BNP contingent stayed huddled around a table barely looking up, with a depressed and defeated look on their faces. In 2008 a pass into City Hall was the hottest ticket in town so far as BNP activists were concerned. Those who couldn’t get one had their noses severely pushed out of joint. This time attendance at City Hall was clearly not a popular option. More a grim duty than a pleasure.

But for me it was all pleasure in 2012.

This time I noticed that there were a lot of UKIPers in City Hall. To start with at least. They were in a buoyant mood initially, confidently expecting to gain a seat or two on the Assembly as a couple of opinion polls had suggested. They were to be severely disappointed. My gut feeling a week or so ago was that they would not as I could not see any sign of any surge in support for them on the ground. My gut was right.

BLUNDER

UKIP blundered in two ways in the London election. Firstly they failed to list all their candidates on the various ballot papers under the UKIP or United Kingdom Independence Party label. Instead due to a bizarre cock up they submitted their paperwork with their Party described as Fresh Choice for London’, a name they must have registered with the Electoral Commission. However their distinctive ‘£’ logo with the letters UKIP across the middle would have featured on each ballot paper and would have alerted many voters to the reality.

However the picture is slightly complex. UKIP’s Mayoral candidate Lawrence Webb’s description was Fresh Choice for London’. UKIP stood candidates in each of the 14 constituencies that elect members to the Greater London Assembly and these were all listed as Fresh Choice for London’. But on the proportional election London-wide Top-Up list they were described as UK Independence Party. UKIP only realistically stood a chance of getting someone elected via the Top-Up list that did feature the correct description.

To get a member elected to the London Assembly a party must obtain a share of at least 5% of the London-wide Top-Up list vote. UKIP gained 4.5%. It seems likely that the confusion over their use of the description Fresh Choice for London’ would have lost them some votes. This is doubly unforgivable especially as the description Fresh Choice for London’ is somewhat meaningless anodyne and hardly adds to anything.

However I suspect that rather more votes were lost because UKIP insisted on fielding candidates in both the constituencies (where they stood no chance whatsoever of wining) as well as on the Top-Up list. UKIP often receive protest votes. In an election where voters have several options many UKIP supporters will spread their votes across different parties. For example they may have voted for Lawrence Webb for Mayor, for Boris as their Mayoral second preference, for UKIP in the constituency and English Democrat on the Top-Up list.

If they only stood on the Top –Up list then they would effectively channel their Assembly vote to the Top-Up list. Around 11,000 more votes would have given UKIP an Assembly member. If we look at the discrepancies between UKIP’s Constituency vote and Top-Up list vote we can see fairly dramatic differences that total around 15,000 votes either way.

Constituency
UKIP Constituency Vote
UKIP Top Up Vote
Barnet and Camden
7,331
6,466
Bexley and Bromley
10,771
13,776
Brent and Harrow
7,830
5,132
City and East
5,243
5,966
Croydon and Sutton
10,757
10,339
Ealing and Hillingdon
6,750
7,619
Enfield and Haringey
4,298
4,970
Havering and Redbridge
9,471
11,341
Greenwich and Lewisham
4,997
6,197
Lambeth and Southwark
4,395
4,216
Merton and Wandsworth
3,717
4,927
North East
6,623
5,733
South West
8,505
8,684
West Central
5,161
4,674

THE DOG THAT DOESN’T BARK

UKIP’s blunders in the London election undoubtedly cost them a seat on the London Assembly. This was an expensive exercise as they reportedly spent around £500,000 on the campaign. Not a very cost effective outlay.

On the same day local elections were held and UKIP’s local council candidates averaged 13% in the 700 seats they contested. However they won only 9 seats which is a gain of precisely nothing. They did not increase their number of councillors.

UKIP’s inability to target their local campaigns in an effective manner means that they regularly fail to make any break throughs in the yearly rounds of local elections. Their vote is the result of their general national profile with a bit of random campaigning thrown in locally here and there. So again electoral ineptitude holds them back. This is a recurring story for UKIP. It tells us that they will never make the grade and their support base in terms of soft membership and their voters are ripe for the picking should a well organised rival party come along.

By comparison back in 2008 the BNP fought roughly the same number of seats as UKIP in 2012, had roughly the same average percentage as UKIP in 2012, but gained a London Assembly member and 15 councillors were elected which was a net gain of ten seats. This progress was made with a fraction of the financial resources available to UKIP and against the background of extreme media hostility – but at least hostility that acknowledged that the BNP was then electorally competent.

UKIP’s modest performance in this year’s local elections may have cost the Conservatives a few seats but failed to return any more UKIP representatives. This may encourage the Conservatives to make more strident Eurosceptic noises and as UKIP are a one issue party this in turn could be utterly destructive to its future prospects.

THE BNP’S PERFORMANCE

Talking of the BNP, their vote in this year’s London Elections was abysmal. With 2.1% of the poll they actually did worse than they did in the first London Assembly election in 2000. The BNP vote declined by over 60% between 2008 and 2012 – from 5.3% to 2.1% and they lost their deposit.

I was slightly surprised that their vote collapsed by so much. This was despite throwing around £200,000 on it in a desperate attempt to revive their party’s fortunes. This money largely came from a recent legacy which is already being rapidly dissipated. That is over twice the amount that was spent in 2008. That just goes to show that good organisation is priceless.

While the London elections terminated the political ambitions of the sundry swingers, porn picture exponents and date rape drug pedlars and while it surely means we will never see a Lord Squire-Mendoza of Soho, the BNP lost all the council seats it contested and posted an appalling set of results. It only has two or three councillors left now. Only 32 of their 143 local election candidates even polled over 10%, despite mainly standing in areas which were previously regarded as their heartlands. This election was the final nail in the BNP’s coffin.

WHAT OF THE ENGLISH DEMOCRATS?

I believe the English Democrats are ideally placed to move ahead now as a broad church party for English nationalism.

A sensible decision was made not to throw resources at the London Mayoral and Assembly elections. The EDs put up a presence on the Top-Up list and fought one constituency. The EDs maintained exactly the same percentage in 2012 as in 2008 – 1%. In 2008 the EDs spent tens of thousands in contesting the mayoral election in order to establish a profile. This time the EDs spent about £500 on campaign literature and got the same result. The BNP spent 400 times more money to get double the number of votes compared to the EDs. UKIP spent 1,000 times more money than the EDs for nothing. Not very comforting for them I would suggest.

The EDs lost a couple of seats that were gained when people elected under other labels defected to the EDs. One was Seamus Dunne – an excellent ex-councillor in Three Rivers which is a great pity. Nevertheless compared to most BNP ex-councillors his vote held up pretty well.

The EDs also posted some excellent local election results. 32 of the 91 candidates polled over 10%. The same number as the BNP but with much less local name recognition and for the EDs involvement in local electioneering is in its infancy.

In the Salford Mayoral election the EDs polled 3.5%, not far behind the BNP’s 4.4%, when they have been contesting elections in Salford for a number of years. In the Liverpool Mayoral election the EDs outpolled the BNP (1.4% to 1.0%).

Where I stood in Epping Forest at the last minute and I put out a few simple digi-duplicated leaflets and obtained a creditable 12.2% of the poll. Most of Loughton Fairmead ward is within the Debden estate, with a few more affluent streets on the edge of it. It was always regarded as the weakest of the three Debden wards that used to have BNP councillors. One of these wards, Loughton Broadway, was contested by Pat Richardson for the BNP, or rather defended by her as she was the sitting councillor. This was the strongest nationalist ward yet she lost her District Council seat and only polled 11.4% and also failed to get on the Town Council. I mean this as no reflection on Pat personally as she was a very conscientious councillor.

The other Debden ward is Loughton Alderton, was the first ward to be retained by the BNP in a by-election. I know as I ran that campaign. An ex BNP official Paul Morris stood there as a nationalistic independent on local issues and around some local campaigns he had run. He polled 9.8% and also came bottom of the poll for the Town Council ward.

Taking notice of these results in the other two Debden wards I was quite pleased with my showing.
Pat’s husband Tom stood for the BNP in Loughton St Mary’s ward, an affluent area where they both live, and where he obtained 4.7%. Meanwhile the ED’s leader Robin Tilbrook stood in the ward where he lives, High Ongar, Willingale and the Rodings, a very different area to Loughton Fairmead and consisting of small affluent villages and farmland. Robin put in a modest campaign with one generic leaflet drop and received 12.9% of the poll.

The results in Epping Forest suggest that the English Democrats have universal appeal across different social groups and when the case is put to the electorate it has much greater appeal than the British National Party.

The English Democrats also effectively 'won' the referendum in Doncaster on whether the directly elected Mayor (who is an English Democrat) should be retained. Of the other referenda on whether there should be directly elected mayors in a number of major Enmglish cities, only Bristol voted in favour.
Of the other nationalistic candidates the much touted British Freedom Party put up just six candidates and two received less than 1%. One of their most outspoken advocates polled just 17 votes. Inevitably none of the other miniscule parties achieved anything at all.

This year’s round of local elections showed that UKIP have nothing to offer. It was also clearly the moment when the electoral fortunes of the BNP and the EDs crossed. The BNP on the way down the English Democrats on the way up.

For the English Democrats the only way is up.

ENGLISH DEMOCRATS POINT THE WAY AHEAD

As I suspected this year’s round of local elections did not produce anything much to shout about. However it is a clear turning point. It is not the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning.

It is quite clear now that the English Democrats are the only nationalist party that offers the prospect of success.
I am very happy with my result.

This is seen across the country – most tellingly perhaps in Liverpool but also in Epping Forest where I stood. The BNP have been wiped out. Some decent councillors have lost their seats as a result, including Pat Richardson and Sharon Wilkinson.
Time is too tight to say more for now... interesting times and an interesting day - and it isn't over yet! Ha!

WAITING FOR THE RESULTS

The count for my election in Loughton Fairmead ward in Epping Forest District is taking place on Friday but some in other areas are taking place tonight. I believe the turnout was low. I was pleased to receive a ‘good luck’ postcard sent from the historic village of Avebury in Wiltshire – even though the sender only actually lives around the corner.

While we are waiting I thought I would report on an interesting feature of this campaign. I have heard that some anti-English Democrat leaflets have been in circulation in a few places, distributed by groups such as Hope not Hate or Searchlight. It is my view that such attacks on the English Democrats will have no real effect as the EDs are clearly a clean and wholesome party and you will not find latent Nazism or crude racism within it. The public can see that for themselves and so propaganda that portrays the EDs in that manner will appear outlandish and off the wall. Also because the English Democrats are not an old style nationalist party with a heritage rooted in that toxic soil, the ‘usual suspects’ find it difficult to motivate themselves to go out and tramp the streets for hours on end campaigning negatively against the EDs. They find it difficult to raise the bile in their gut.

Anyway a Searchlight front group did put a leaflet out in my area. It targeted several people besides me, including a sitting BNP candidate – and I know her ward was leafleted with a generic ‘anti-fascist’ leaflet as well. My ward was not leafleted at all. The ‘offending leaflet’ (which I have reproduced in full) was just handed out in a half hearted manner one afternoon in a shopping centre some distance from my ward.

I am most gratified that the leaflet focussed more on the threat posed by my good self than on the other candidates it mentions! My vanity would not want it otherwise. However I was disappointed that it was not delivered to every door in my ward as I am sure it would have got me more votes not less.

The local Residents Association also put out a leaflet just before polling day that alluded to my candidature. Again nothing to worry about.

More analysis when the reuslts are in. It looks like UKIP are getting reasonable votes but not many new councillors, and the BNP vote seems to be down considerably.