Monday, 6 March 2017
Last weekend saw a massive mobilization of UKIP supporters for the Stoke Central by-election, with over 200 members turning up on Saturday and another 70 on Sunday to support our party leader and candidate, Paul Nuttall.
I spent two days on the doorsteps with Freddy, Jim and Patricia as a four man canvassing team, talking with local residents and receiving a tremendous reception – I was even greeted with a big sloppy kiss on one occasion, albeit from a very friendly fox terrier!
The Labour campaign team had been around one street before us and what I found left me absolutely incredulous.
Playing the ‘English Card’
Left in the road was a Labour leaflet carrying the image of their candidate, Gareth Snell.
To my immense surprise, the Cross of St George was prominent at the top of the leaflet – did anybody run this past Lady Nugee, Emily Thornberry MP, who openly sneered at the sight of an English flag during a previous election campaign in Essex?
Indeed, I find the whole idea of Labour putting the flag of our country on their leaflets quite ridiculous in view of their disdain for our national identity as shown in their policy.
Let me explain……
**WARNING** – Some strong language
Today is the fourth and final day of the Supreme Court hearing over whether or not the Government has the ability to Trigger Article 50 of The Lisbon Treaty to start the procedure to leave the European Union or whether it has to go to a Parliamentary vote.
The Government argue that they do not need to have a vote and can use The UK Royal Prerogative in light of the Leave vote at the referendum on 23rd June, a position that the High Court has already rejected.
The case, brought by Gina Miller, argues that Parliamentary Democracy needs to be upheld and as such the Government should be accountable – indeed, she has painted herself as somebody who is fighting for our democracy.
With that in mind, it is worth both Ms Miller and the judges looking at the following instances pertaining to the European Union –
1972 – UK Prime Minister Edward Heath used the RP to sign the treaty for the UK to join the European Economic Community (Common Market) without prior UK Parliament approval
Is democracy going out of fashion ?
A very thoughtful and intelligent piece written by Daniel Hannan for the Washington Post .
It deserves a very loud Moo…….
For the first time since at least the 1930s, serious commentators in Western countries are arguing against democracy.
“Popular opinion is not always right,” says the cult Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. “Sometimes I think one has to violate the will of the majority.”
Britain’s high-brow Prospect magazine agrees: “There are stupid, ignorant people in every country, but their blameless stupidity mostly doesn’t matter because they are not asked to take historically momentous and irrevocable decisions of state.