Monthly Archives: May 2019

Local Tory Leader On EU Flop?

Hullo, it’s me again

You can imagine what it’s like in Westley Towers today. What can I say? Under my leadership, my West Lancashire Tory Party came 5th in the EU elections.

Imagine it, beaten by the Brexit Party, the Labour Party, the Libdems, and the Greens. We got 9.0%! I can’t believe this.

I blame Theresa May…well I’ve got to blame someone, haven’t I? Her Withdrawal Agreement marked the surrender and capitulation of our country. I suppose my support for her in 2017 will show how gullible I was… I’ve been leading my local party into oblivion for some time, but never this bad. Ah well, the only way is up…isn’t it?

PS The tardiness of our Association website still claiming  we have two MEPs is regretted. You just can’t get the staff these days. Whoops “Promoted by Cllr David Westley on behalf of West Lancashire Conservatives”. 

Bolsover Result

Unbelievable EU election result

Labour behind Tory in Bolsover? Leaver MP Dennis skinner says

Bolsover (East Midlands) result: Brexit Party 41.2% (+41.2) LibDem 16.8% (+14.5) Con: 12.1% (-1.2) Green 10.5% (+6.6) Labour 10.4% (-26.9) UKIP 4.9% (-31.4)

West Lancashire Votes For The Brexit Party, Tory Wipeout!

The Tory party has been humiliated

by the big EU election victory for the Brexit Party, which in West Lancashire polled 35.1%. Followed by Labour 18.9%, Libdems 15.2%, Green 12.3%, Tory 9.0%, UKIP 3.7%, Change 3.1%, Robinson 1.7%, English Dems 0.6% UK Euro Party 0.4%, Mo Azlam 0.1%.

In the Northwest there is NO Tory party presence

 as “The Brexit Party”Claire Fox, “The Brexit Party”Henrik Nielsen, “The Brexit Party”David Bull, LAB “Labour”Theresa Griffin, LAB “Labour”Julie Ward, LD “Liberal Democrats”Chris Davies, LD “Liberal Democrats”Jane Brophy, GRN “Green”Gina Dowding, were all elected.

Tory MP John Redwood writes

“The Conservative Party has slumped to its lowest national vote share since it was formed in 1834. The Brexit Party has won nine of the 10 regions to declare its results in the European elections, claiming 28 of 64 seats in the European Parliament.

“Nigel Farage’s party came top in the North East, North West, East of England, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, the South West and South East. This came largely at the expense of the Conservative Party. Theresa May’s party have lost a huge share of the vote across all regions, so far losing 15 MEP seats to a total of three. The party is in fifth place, with its lowest vote share in a national election since they formed in 1834.

“In London, the Liberal Democrats, who have performed well in all regions so far declared, topped the poll. They place second, with 21 per cent of the vote and 15 seats.

“The derisory vote of under 10% for the Conservatives is a fitting epitaph for the Withdrawal Agreement. Only the Conservatives offered the Withdrawal Agreement. Anyone who wanted it would have voted Conservative. Some who didnt want it voted Conservative out of loyalty or for other reasons.

“Whenever I have said in media interviews that the public have rejected the Agreement by a large majority this has been queried. This election provides more proof of the obvious. Mrs May united the country against the draft Treaty she wrongly proposed.

“The Brexit party on the majority of results so far announced as I expected won more seats than the three Remain parties, the Lb Dems, Greens and Change UK combined. These new MEPs need to come to Westminster to tell MPs there how to be popular, by just getting us out of the EU with no lock back in Treaty.

“The BBC seemed to think the main news of the night was the Lib Dems coming second! Once again they missed the obvious and made little of the winning view”.

Nigel Farage says “It took the Labour Party 45 years to win the popular vote. The Brexit Party has done it within 45 days”. The map below tells the story of England. 

Poor Theresa?

Poor Theresa 

Austin Mitchell writes “One can’t help feeling sorry for a Prime Minster so limited but so honourable, who was so brutally treated by her own party. The bitterly divided Tories are able to agree on only one thing; dump the leader. So they did. Now they can get back to fratching about Brexit.

“History will show that Theresa came in with a very good caring speech and went out on a very moving repeat. It was the bit in between that wasn’t so good. The promises of a fairer society, control of bad business, and dropping the white elephant follies such as HS2 and Hinkley Point were never fulfilled. Nor was her vow to deliver Brexit.

“She’s accused of not building a wider unity and never compromising. But that’s just not true. Labour was too divided and its leader not in control of his euro-loving party to offer any help. Given a choice between Europe and the British people, most Labour MPs prefer Juncker

“Theresa listened too much to civil servants who couldn’t bear to leave Europe and be subject to the vagaries of British politicians. She made far too many compromises, to please the clamorous Remainers and an EU incapable of compromising, lest it fall apart. She went in breathing goodwill and a desire for good relations but came out naked, bruised and trapped in the EU’s cunning cage. Reason, right and democracy are no weapons against that lot.

“In the process, Theresa lost her negotiating weapons. The first she chucked away by agreeing to hand over the money before the deal and trap herself among the steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone. The second was taken away by the rampant Remainers, soft-hearted socialists and naive idiots who rushed to bind Britain against a no-deal Brexit. Successful negotiation required us to carry a big stick. Theresa went naked into the conference chamber. Not a pretty sight.

“Her self-immolation doesn’t solve our national problem. It simply passes it to someone else. So what happens now? The Great Establishment Clobbering Machine will move into overtime against Boris Johnson to stop the Tories choosing him. All the other candidates will compromise on a compromise, and propose a second referendum to reject it, thus passing responsibility for humiliation from the politicians to the people.

“The EU, beleaguered by populists and unable to solve its own problems of refugees and the dysfunctional euro, will say “That’s it. No new negotiations” because that’s the only thing on which they can agree. Big business will howl with fear at the prospect of competing outside the EU’s protective bloc. The establishment will launch a new campaign of fear, which may include bubonic plague. And Labour will reject a Tory Brexit without offering a Labour one. MPs will clamour to hand the problem back to the people in the hope that they’ll be happy to remain euro-slaves, because they’re no good at anything else.

“Not an edifying spectacle. The Great British public might wonder why their much vaunted politicians are incapable of doing what the nation told them to. But they’re too British to throw paving stones or destroy speed cameras, like the French. They’ll just relapse into something more British but far more potent. Quiet contempt. Killing the wicked witch doesn’t make for a happy ending”.

The “Partial To Remain” BBC

Do you watch BBC political programmes and wonder about the bias for “remain in the EU?”

A couple of years ago MPs complained direct to Lord Hall, the BBC Director General about coverage of Brexit. They wrote

“Brexit is the most important political challenge facing our country. Bearing in mind the new Royal Charter’s first ‘Public Purpose’ is to impartial news, as national broadcaster the BBC has a special obligation to ensure that it reflects available evidence and the balance of argument on the subject as fairly as possible.

“We believe the BBC has fallen far short of this high standard. No doubt the BBC often nurtures first-class journalism but its position depends on trust. If politicians and the public don’t view it as an impartial broker, then the future of the BBC will be in doubt.

“When Sir David Clementi, the incoming Chairman of the BBC, gave evidence to the Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee in January, he insisted that the Corporation’s treatment of Brexit after the referendum had walked “a good path down the middle” – despite acknowledging that fewer viewers than ever now trust its coverage. We know many Leave-voting constituents have felt their views have been unfairly represented. This phenomenon is weakening the BBC’s bond with the 52 per cent who voted Leave and all who wish to make a success of the decision made.

“In particular, the Corporation’s focus on ‘regretful’ Leave voters, despite there being no polling shift towards Remain since the referendum, has led some to believe it is putting its preconceptions before the facts. Meanwhile, the posturing and private opinions of EU figures are too often presented as facts, without the vital context that they are talking tough ahead of the exit negotiations.

“It particularly pains us to see how so much of the economic good news we’ve had since June has been skewed by BBC coverage which seems unable to break out of pre-referendum pessimism and accept new facts. Some of the signatories of this letter shared many of the concerns about the economic impact of Brexit, but all are delighted to find forecasts of immediate economic harm were at best misplaced. So-called ‘despite Brexit’ reporting may be expected of a partisan press, but licence fee-payers have the right to expect better.

“The BBC has a much larger market share than any newspaper, it runs the most-used news website in the country, on top of its television and radio coverage. This, as well as viewers’ belief in its neutrality, means that BBC bias can have a substantial effect on national debate. BBC coverage also shapes international perceptions of the UK: we fear that, by misrepresenting our country either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote, the BBC will undermine our efforts to carve out a new, global role for this country.

“We are therefore asking you to take steps to correct these flaws in the BBC’s coverage of our EU exit at the earliest moment”.

The response? “Impartiality has always been the cornerstone of BBC News. It remains so today”. Really? They didn’t sack Marr for his false news.

What’s changed? Nothing. You can watch one BBC interviewer invite five remainers to discuss Brexit. When have you seen five leavers invited? Never.

You Can Take Part In The 2019 Citizens Survey

Are you a West Lancashire resident

with something to say about West Lancashire Borough Council and the services it provides? Then make sure you respond to the authority’s 2019 Citizens Survey.

A number of important themes are covered in the survey including community safety and satisfaction levels with Borough Council services as well as your feedback on what it is like to live in West Lancashire.

A number of residents have been sent a letter inviting them to take part in the Survey and give their opinions so they can help influence decisions that will be taken by the Council. But everyone living in West Lancashire can take part in the survey, even if they have not received a letter inviting them to do so, by completing the survey online.

The survey opens on 27 May 2019 and people will have until 8 July 2019 to give their opinions. Visit Citizens Survey from 27 May 2019 to do the survey online.

Cllr Ian Moran, Leader of the Council, said “The Citizens Survey is an important opportunity for people living on West Lancashire to give their views on the important issues raised in the Citizens Survey”.

What are these surveys worth?

Not much, if past experience is anything to go by. For example, the West Lancashire Borough Council citizen survey 2015 was undertaken with residents across the borough of West Lancashire. The aim of the survey was to determine views on Council spending, community safety and their opinions on Council services and the Council as a whole.

An eight page survey was posted to 4,500 residents of West Lancashire on 19 January 2015 and the fieldwork closed on 8 March 2015. A single reminder was issued by post on 10 February. In total 1,208 questionnaires were returned, resulting in an overall response rate of 27%.

But the total population of West Lancashire in 2015 was 112,742. Does WLBC feel that such a small survey, 1,208 respondents, more like 1%, is worth repeating in 2019? Especially because WLBC out-sources the survey to a private company. 

Waste of public money? Probably.

The Ending Of May

A national journalist writes, of Theresa May

‘Her legacy is to have presided over three wasted years of vacillation, obfuscation, cowardice, downright sabotage and the destruction of a once-proud democracy, where MPs used to feel honour-bound to represent the will of the people who paid their wages.

‘Theresa May, to her eternal disgrace, has turned Britain, one of the world’s greatest economies and military powers, into an international laughing stock.

‘She has broken Brexit, and now Brexit has broken her. What else is there to say?

“She was a fourth-rate Home Secretary, responsible for everything from the Windrush scandal to the explosion in knife crime, and will be remembered as the worst Prime Minister in living memory, even though the sooner her disastrous term in office is forgotten the better”.

And another journalist writes

“Sorry to intrude on personal grief, but now we’ve all dutifully trudged off to exercise our suffrage in the European elections, as life-affirming as root canal work in a powercut, I feel I ought to reach out.

“How are you, in yourself? Or, more accurately, where are you? You might not be at the same point as I am on the Kübler-Ross spectrum, but I reckon the five stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and resignation just about cover the entire country’s emotional response to Mrs May”.

Today, tearful Theresa May said

“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold, the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.

NB from Austin Mitchell ex MP “Theresa came to power with an inspiring speech. She left office with a moving one. The bit in between wasn’t too good”.