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.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL ENGLISH DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES

Today is polling day. I think it will be a difficult day at the polls in all the various elections taking place, although there may be a couple of surprises. But get your rosettes on and meet and greet the voters!

There are also referenda taking place in Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Sheffield and Wakefield to decide whether these local authorities should be run by a directly elected Mayor. It is English Democrat policy to support the establishment of directly elected mayors. It will be interesting to see how these contests go. If any of these areas vote for a directly elected mayor then the Mayoral election will take lace in November.

There is also a referendum in Doncaster to decide whether to retain their directly elected mayor.

It will also be interesting to see how various other supposed nationalist parties do in the elections. There will be much to ponder over afterwards!

GET IN, GET OUT OF THE RAIN

This April has been one for showers which to every electioneer is a disaster.
I always associate April with hot weather as in recent years it seems to have been hotter in April than August. Nevertheless we have been persevering in Fairmead ward, footslogging and hammering the letterboxes.
Only a few days to go...

STRAW POLL

Readers may be interested that a poll will be published in the Daily Telegraph tommorrow with respect to the London Mayoral and Assembly elections due to be held next Thursday.

The poll was conducted by Survation, a member of the British Polling Council.

The most interesting feature of this poll are the findings with respect to voting intentions for the London Assembly top-up list vote. This is a proportional representation election where any party that gets over 5% will get one of their candidates elected.

The poll showed the following result:

Labour 32.6%
Conservative 28.4%
Liberal Democrats 9.6%
Green 8.1%
UKIP 7%
English Democrats 3.6%
BNP 3.2%
Others 7.5%

As we can see the English Democrats are out polling the BNP - albeit by a narrow margin. On this showing neither would get any candidates elected although with these figures UKIP would get two. I would be surprised if UKIP polled so strongly. I would also be surprised frankly if the combined BNP-ED vote was as high as 6.8%.

It is however interesting (and indeed amusing) to see that even though the English Democrats have spent a miniscule amount of money and channelled very little in terms of resources into the London elections, the EDs are above the BNP in the opinion polls even though the BNP has been bragging about how much it has spent (or wasted). Their 'truth truck' spends much of its time outside London, travelling around areas in Hertfordshire where the English Democrats are strong - no doubt as part of what they imagine is a campaign of one up-manship! When not in Hertfordshire it is parked up on the hard shoulder on the North Circular.  What a joke!

(N.B. Senior  BNP Adam Walker has just a text out calling fror activists to help in their campaign - again asking them to contact Mike Jones. Steve Squire-Mendoza has definately been frozen out and will be expelled from the BNP once they have lost and the election is out of the way.)

Of course this is just an opinion poll. The real votes will be counted next week. Nevertheless this opinion poll is yet another straw in the wind that indicates that once the English Democrats really start motoring ahead it can make great strides forward.

THE ENGLISH DEMOCRATS IN ACTION

A belated happy St. George's Day to all English patriots.

I have been too busy with work to mark this auspicious event on this blog earlier.
This year's election campaign (polling day is Thursday 3rd May) is cranking up. My campaign team have been out and about in Fairmead ward in Loughton, in north west Essex, with a local leaflet.
We have also found time to go down to south Essex and help our hard working colleagues in Southend.

The English Democrats are fielding 91 candidates across England. English local elections take place on a four yearly cycle with varying councils up for election each year. Four years ago the English Democrats fielded just 12 candidates. The increase in candidate numbers is truly magnificent and demonstrates that the EDs really are starting to motor ahead.

The English Democrats are also fielding a slate of candidates for the Greater London Assembly top up list and the hard working patriot Mark Twiddy is standing for the Redbridge and Havering constituency. For financial reasons the English Democrats chose not to contest the London Mayoral election in contrast to previous years. Previously contesting of this election was facilitated by generous financial inputs designed to give the EDs initial profile as the party was new and keen to establish itself. This is no longer the case as the EDs are now successfully growing organically, as we have seen. It is difficult to justify similar speculative expenditure when the results in London this year are likely to be poor for all candidates standing across the wide patriotic-identity spectrum.

The English Democrats are however contesting the two other mayoral elections that are taking place on the same day as they are more cost effective. In Salford Michael Felse is standing, while in Liverpool the English Democrat candidate for Mayor is Paul Rimmer.

Meanwhile the old, failing and disgraced British National Party is fielding 137 candidates. This is a catastrophic collapse in numbers from the 612 candidates who stood for them in 2008. Many of the current crop have been shown to be ignorant racists who rant on their Facebook pages. One example of this is Phil Kimberley in Nuneaton.

The BNP won 15 seats in 2008 but most of those have since defected, resigned or have already lost their seat through one means or another. However five of these candidates are defending their wards for the BNP in Epping Forest, Burnley, Pendle, Amber Valley and Rotherham. It seems likely that all of these will be lost. If so the BNP's remaining councillor list will be very meagre indeed. The BNP is firmly stuck on a rapid death spiral. They have absolutely no chance of getting anyone elected to the Greater London Assembly and their vote across London is likely to be half of that achieved in 2008.

The BNP qualified for a London-wide TV broadcast which to be fair was not bad this year, although the sound quality is a little poor. The main improvement was that the toxically unpopular Nick Griffin did not feature in it, although his ghastly whiney voice provided some of the narration. It is also interesting that the disgraced Soho porn baron and BNP lead candidate for the Greater London Assembly and also their London Organiser, Steve Squire-Mendoza, did not feature on it. I wonder why? It has become apparent that the filth merchant Squire-Mendoza has been superceded in running the BNP's London campaign on the ground by the sychophantic Griffinite Mike Jones.

Of the other 'right wing' parties, the National Front have 35 candidates, the British Freedom Party (BFP) has 6, the Democratic Nationalists 5, the neo-Nazi British People’s Party has one (who they expelled anyway!) and the England First Party have one,. This mixed bag of parties are fielding just 53 candidates in total. The majority of these candidates are ex-BNP people whose views are too extreme for the individiuals concerned to be attracted to the English Democrats.

The BFP candidate list is dominated by four people from one household in Liverpool. A husband and wife, their homosexual son and his lover. I am reminded of the classic Helen Mirran film 'The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover'.

UKIP seem doomed to under achieve yet again. They seem to have made a mess of their campaign for the London Assembly by calling themselves 'Fresh Choice for London'. This will confuse their potential electors, although their distinctive logo will also appear on ballot papers. After their strong showing in the 2009 European Election and at a few of the more recent Parliamentary by-elections, UKIP's progress has stalled and they have totally lost momentum. This is a familiar pattern for UKIP and illustrates that they have always failed to make the grade. It seems extremely unlikely that they will get anyone elected to the Greater London Assembly. It has to be stated that their strong performances in the 2004 and 2009 European elections were almost entirely due to flattering media coverage, which in turn was in large measure motivated by a desire to spike the BNP's guns. The BNP no longer has any guns to spike and so it will be interesting to see how well UKIP can perform in the next European Election in 2014 when their result will be much more dependent upon their own efforts. I suspect they will flop, as they will also probably face a more Euro-sceptic Conservative Party.

For the English Democrats this will also of course be good news!

Clearly the EDs have become the party of choice for sensible, moderate, rational nationalists and patriots who wish to save England from destruction. Onwards and upwards!

ANOTHER EMPTY BOAST

A by-election was held in Barking and Dagenham yesterday. It was for Goresbrook ward. The BNP claimed to be on the verge of winning it. They claimed that they were ahead on the postal vote.

The trouble is the people who make these claims have never won anything before and so do not know what a pending victory looks like. Instead they rely on smoke and mirrors. Bluff and bluster.

The result was:

Labour 1,113 (57.8%)
BNP 593 (30.8%)
UKIP 91 (4.7%)
Conservative 81 (4.2%)
Liberal Democrat 48 (2.5%)

Goresbrook ward regularly features by-elections. The last two were both caused by the same useless Labour councillor who was elected in May 2010, so it is remarkable really that Labour were able to retain the seat.

There was a notorious by-election in July 2010 which Clive 'Rizzle Kicks' Jefferson sabotaged. Rizzle Kicks effectively ran this campaign as well and sent a text out to BNP officials calling it 'The most important election in the party's recent history'. He also said 'and the ward is winnable' and 'If we take Goresbrook we will take a GLA seat'. Well what now?

He called for '40 people to run an effective election day operation'.

I happened to be in Barking on business yesterday so I thought I would take a spin through Goresbrook ward to see what this operation might look like on the ground. I took a gander at all the polling stations at around midday and only one of the four was manned by anyone from the BNP (see example above). I noticed the candidate standing at the one on Hedgeman's Road. He was looking very scruffy as usual and had a couple of others with him. Labour were out and about but not in force (se their flag on the car). I saw one other BNP person trudging around on his own with a brown paper bag and looking very depressed.

I know Goresbrook well as I ran a by-election here back in September 2004. On that occasion the BNP won and polled a record 51.9%. The polling day operation that day was slick and we were out in force as the activists were well motivated, well led and knew what they were doing. How times change. Now they haven't got the will or the bodies.

The BNP result yesterday was the worst ever BNP result in Goresbrook ward. That tells you how well they will do in the GLA election.

THE FINAL INSULT

The Sunday version of the Daily Star has picked up the Steve Squire porn shop-date rape drug selling story.


However it is a sign of the dramatic decline experienced by the British National Party that even this down market newspaper which specialises is sleaze (but the one naturally most favoured by the BNP’s voting demographic) could not be bothered to make much of it.

Four years ago, when the BNP seemed to be a threat and had a credible chance of winning a seat on the Greater London Assembly, the BNP was big news. Now the final indignity is that no one gives a damn.

This ‘smear’ story – every detail of which is true, notice – folds in together a far-out open Neo Nazi who is standing for the miniscule British People’s Party, and a local BNP candidate who was found pictured giving a Nazi salute (there is always at least one of those every year). The Star couldn’t even be bothered to give much space to the BNP’s London Mayoral candidate Carlos Cortiglia, who supports Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands. Carlos’s internet sex swinging doesn’t get a look in. Steve Squire-Mendoza’s seedy Soho sex shop and his date rape drug selling activities get a mention but that is about it. The BNP is officially old news. It is well past it sell-by date. It is an ex-party.

There's only one thing worse than being talked about and that's not being talked about. The establishment media cannot be bothered to talk about the BNP even in negative terms.

They know the BNP does not stand an earthly chance of getting anyone elected to the Greater London Assembly. It’s over. No one is interested anymore.

SQUIRE THE LIAR

A Photo Essay.

These pictures may not be as exciting as some might wish - but c'est la vie!

On 21st March Stephen Squire-Mendoza, the BNP’s London Organiser and their no. 1 candidate for the Greater London Assembly had to attend Enfield Police Station to answer questions over his harassment of Claudia Dalgleish.

Claudia Dalgleish went along to take a picture of him going in and out, to cause him embarrassment and to ask him why he had been behaving in this manner. I agreed to go along as I would be in the area that day as I had some work to do in Enfield Town.
While I was in Enfield Town, Miss Dalgleish saw Squire-Mendoza enter the Police Station and took a photograph.
She also noticed that he was now driving a small Noddy type of vehicle in sharp contrast to the flashy Porshe’s or BMWs that he used to favour as being more in keeping with his position as a Soho Porn Baron. Times are hard at Seymores World as he has had to duck and dive in recent months, as he has been aware of eyes watching him and his premises. He is no longer able to afford to run such prestigious motors.
After about 45 minutes Squire-Mendoza re-appeared and crossed over the street. He looked rather confused as he tried to remember where he had parked his car. For a minute he could have been mistaken for an impersonator of Charlie Chaplin reprising his famous role as ‘The Tramp’ - although he chose to accessorise his appearance with a satchel that he had borrowed from a Pox Doctor’s Clerk. Or in fact was he sharing his wardrobe with another Clark – Bert Clark?
Miss Dalgleish approached Squire-Mendoza and berated him for the cowardly campaign of harassment he had been waging on the internet. At this point I returned from Enfield Town in time to get a photograph of this altercation.
It is safe to say that Squire-Mendoza was not at all pleased to see me. He threw his satchel down and huffed and puffed. I imagined, that as we were outside a Police Station, Squire-Mendoza would limit himself to a few mutterings. But he soon adopted a very aggressive posture in the manner of a Wild West gunslinger.
His initial gambit was to chest barge and then he tried to bore his head into me rather like a mountain goat rutting on a hillside – or perhaps like a Bison trying to mark its territory on a David Attenborough wildlife programme I saw the other day.

This was merely his prelude – his way of psyching himself up. He had been positioning himself to throw punches as can be seen in the photographs. Then he swung a couple of haymakers which landed on my mush - but it was not like I was being hit by Thor’s mighty hammer. In truth it was more like being tickled by a pink feather duster.

However I knew that he was a Soho Porn Baron with a vile reputation. Bearing that in mind it seemed likely that a bladed weapon might be about his person, so I was obliged to put him under restraint.
This I did in approximately two seconds.

Squire-Mendoza landed heavily on the pavement face down. His knees took some of the force and his trousers ended up all tattered and torn. He attempted to block his descent with his hands and also sustained damage to them. This however did not stop his Boat Race from coming into close contact with the concrete flooring and his North and South was cut.

I held him for a couple of seconds until he looked around with a piteous expression, his doleful eyes begging for quarter but expecting the worst. I had been as gentle with him as I could possibly be and used minimal force to subdue him. While it may have been tempting to dismember him joint by joint, which he clearly anticipated, it is better to be merciful – ‘in victory, magnanimity’.

I did not so much as punch, slap or kick Squire-Mendoza once – richly as he deserved it.

I got up and allowed him to rise unmolested. A passer by had caught the end of it and had seen Squire-Mendoza crashing to the pavement.

As I turned to go Squire-Mendoza approached this passer by – no doubt looking for consolation in his hour of humiliation (how he has got used to those lonely hours lately). I stood open mouthed as Squire-Mendoza led this man over the road, back to the Police Station.

Squire-Mendoza was so unmanned that after starting a fight and being trounced in seconds, after being then let off with considerable mercy, he went running to the Police with a false story. He went over and made a bogus statement to the effect that I had assaulted him in an unprovoked attack!

Claudia Dalgleish also saw him go into the Police Station and she followed after a short delay in order to also make a statement. When she went in Squire-Mendoza was already behind a partition screen giving his interview. Whenever the Police Officer turned away Squire-Mendoza turned to Claudia Dalgleish and made lewd remarks.

After a further delay I decided it would be wise to also go to the Police Station to give my side of the story. I am always reluctant to go to the Police. For a start they should have better things to do than sort out what was little more than a school playground incident – handbags at dawn. I also have an ingrained belief that men should not go squawking to the Police when they have a dispute of that nature.

Some years ago during an altercation I was stabbed in the face by a member of a neo-Nazi cult that I had been very vocal in opposing. I did not go to the Police. It never even crossed my mind.

When I came into Enfield Police Station Squire-Mendoza immediately stopped his lewd gurning and instead spent his time on the phone to all and sundry – including Nick Griffin – claiming that I had beaten him up in the street. The pitiful excuse for a man was almost bragging about it, so desperate was he to get me ‘done by the Rozzers’.

Anyway the upshot of it was that I was arrested, effectively on the say-so of Squire-Mendoza and the minor corroboration of the passer-by. However I gave an interview which set out exactly what had really happened.

After a short while I was released but on conditional bail to return on 16th April, unless I heard otherwise. Off the record I was told that I would almost certainly hear 'otherwise' before then and it was made clear to me from the outset that it was exceptionally unlikely that any further action would be taken and that the bail would be lifted.
The conditions of the bail were that I was not to contact Squire-Mendoza either directly or indirectly and that I must not go into the Borough of Enfield. Neither were exactly onerous terms as I never contact Squire-Mendoza and rarely have cause to go to Enfield. It was apparent from comments on various forums made by Squire-Mendoza and his dim side-kicks that he regarded the terms of this bail as a major coup. Rather pathetically the reasons given for the conditions were to ‘Prevent witness interference’. In other words to stop me intimidating Squire-Mendoza. It is clear that Squire-Mendoza prevailed upon his lawyer to insist upon these terms as he had been reduced to the role of a frightened Bunny Rabbit.

During his interview Squire-Mendoza had neglected to tell them that he had been in the Police Station minutes before to answer allegations of vicious harassment (he had been seen by a different division). He neglected to mention that he was uptight because his porn empire was about to be exposed. He neglected to mention that he was on edge because his candidacy for the BNP was being questioned. It also soon became apparent that Squire-Mendoza was ‘known to the Police’, which is not exactly surprising given his line of business. He is very well known to the Police. He would never be regarded as a reliable witness.

Everyone can see this for themselves. He put himself up as a BNP candidate for the Greater London Assembly even though at the outset he was asked to declare whether he had any embarrassing skeletons in his closet. He signed a declaration saying there was nothing. He lied to his political colleagues. People who he claimed were his comrades. People who he supposedly shared firm beliefs with.

How much easier was it for Squire-Mendoza to lie to the Police about what had happened when I met him in the street?

But liars invariably get found out.

I am told that Claudia Dalgleish was asked to go and make a statement which she did, and two days later I was informed by the Police that the whole unsavoury matter had been dropped - as it always was going to be. This has now been confirmed in writing.
End of story.

But... when Squire-Mendoza got wind of this he lied again. He put out statements that he had personally dropped the charges. What a joker!

He had earlier put out the story that he had been ambushed by me and several other people. He also tried to claim that I had attacked him from behind. The pictures show otherwise.

Squire-Mendoza is a liar and a coward. He is a poor excuse for a man. In fact he has no manhood left.

He even told the controversial blogger Claire Khaw a fictitious version of events as can be seen here:

http://thevoiceofreason-ann.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/scuffle-outside-enfield-police-station.html

The relevant extract is:

Eddy fell on top of me. I will take meet him any time, any time, as long as he does not bring any cameras

Claudia was apparently photographing the scuffle, presumably to put the BNP in a bad light. Steve said this inhibited him from from punching Eddy's lights out because he thought that might make the BNP look thuggish and ruin Carlos Cortiglia's mayoral campaign

So he tried to make pathetic excuses for his extremely rapid and undemanding defeat and then effectively challenged me to a return match even though he unsuccessfully went running to the Police when trounced on the previous occasion. What a truly odious whelp the man is.

Ah well – this isn’t a good time to be Steve Squire-Mendoza.

The man has been destroyed physically, emotionally, mentally, financially and politically. He has nothing left.