Monday, 30 April 2012

1 May demonstrations

Here are posters for demonstrations being held today by two of my favourite political parties.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Morley Freecycle



I was contacted by one of the administrators of the Morley Freecycle network recently to ask if the English Democrats would be supporting them, and I am very happy to give a plug to this group here.

As he put it;

(Morley Freecycle) is a Morley-centric group affiliated to the worldwide Freecycle network with over 1180 members run at no cost, whatsoever to MTC (Morley Town Council) or members. It is green, reduces landfill, gives access to goods to those on low income and strengthens ties through mutual help.
Martin Lewis has published a good article about Freecycle (and the similar Freegle network) on the excellent moneysavingexpert.com website.

There really is no down-side to initiatives like this, and I would highly recommend that people sign up and get into the habit of using Freecycle.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Morley South English Democrats leaflet

This is what we have been putting out in Morley South (click to enlarge). Also if you live in Morley South and would like a poster to display in your window please get in touch and we will drop one off for you.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Flemish Republic No. 31 out now


I've just received the latest copy of the excellent Flemish Republic newsletter in the post today.

Read it online here.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Morley South fun

Pictured: My good friends James Clayton and Debra Kent came across from the North West to help in Morley today.

I spent several hours today distributing my election leaflet in Morley South (I will post it on this blog over the next few days).

I had heard that the extreme-left were going to be in town distributing their hate material against me so I was interested to see if we would bump into any of the fellows during the day.

Sure enough, as I was leafleting up Peel Street I noticed a couple of leafleters coming down towards us.

"Are these the reds?" I mused, as I quickly and instinctively scanned them for the tell-tale signs that betray such people long before one sees the literature they are distributing.

The first thing I noticed was that the leafleter closest to me; a male, was sporting a rather incongruous combination of a hat and shades, wholly inappropriate for the prevailing weather conditions (it was gloomy and raining). I took this attire to be an attempt at a partial disguise, which I have found that reds are often fond of when in public.

There was nothing obviously freakish about him or his colleague (a female), though their demeanour was the second factor which betrayed their identity. They were simply too interested in getting a look at us and working out who we were. Reds often look sheepish and out-of-place when they are out leafleting in areas with a good patriotic voter base, and these two were no exception.

People out delivering pizza menus or even leaflets for other parties (leafleters for other parties will be very used to seeing me out leafleting too) will not usually give other leafleters a second glance.

I found myself waiting at the end of one garden for the 'disguised' chap to exit the garden so that I could go and post my leaflet through, and the following exchange followed:

Me: "Morning." (Good old English civility beats Marxist brutishness everytime.)

'Disguised' Chap: "Are those Labour leaflets you are delivering?" ( I was trying to keep my leaflets dry by holding them under the bottom of my jacket. A small part of the mainly red leaflet must have been protruding.)

Me: "Not quite!"

'Disguised' Chap: "Hmm."
I have no idea if the 'hmm' signified reconition of who I was and the consequent silliness of his question or something else altogether.

We had a good chuckle about this afterwards and it reminded me of being in my first year of Leeds University and attending a meeting in the Student Union at which the extreme-left (they called themselves ANaL in those days; goodness that makes me sound old) were trying to get me expelled from the union and agitating for my fellow students to refuse to be taught alongside me.

I went along to the meeting and voted (I'm not telling you how I voted - that's secret) on the motion in question and the reds did not give me a second glance. They did not give me a second glance because they knew nothing at all about me, including what I looked like, though this did not stop them from trying to make my university life hell*.

They failed miserable, I hasten to add, and their motion failed on the day, but I was reminded of this episode today by the red who came to Morley to spread his hate about me despite clearly not knowing anything about me or even being able to recognise me in the street.

A good section of the ward was leafleted today so many thanks to those who turned up to help, including the reds, whose pathetic attempt at a smear leaflet will simply remind the people of Morley South that I am still very much about and standing in this election and that I am regarded as a threat by the extreme-left.

*At that meeting I was 'defended' by the Free Speech Society and a certain Mark Collett, with whom I would go on to be good friends, but the story of our campus-based red-bothering antics is one for another day.

Robin Tilbrook on Newsnight elected mayor debate

English Democrats chairman Robin Tilbrook took part in a Newsnight panel discussion last night on the subject of elected mayors.

The debate is well worth viewing in its entirety but if you are only interested in hearing Robin's comments then click forward to 12.11 and 25.08 and 30.36 minutes.

Check it out on BBC iPlayer here.

Friday, 13 April 2012

STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: BNP date rape scandal





















I have been away on holiday this week and am just in the process of catching up with some of the week's news.

I was sickened to learn of the antics of the BNP's lead GLA candidate, Steve Squires/Mendoza, as reported on Eddy Butler's blog.

Check out the BNP date rape story here.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Record number of English Democrats candidates in Yorkshire














Here is a full list of our Yorkshire English Democrats candidates for the 2012 local elections.

There are 33 candidates in total, which is a record for our party in Yorkshire, despite the fact that many local authorities in Yorkshire do not have any elections this year.

Leeds

Ardsley & Robin Hood - Joanna Beverley
Beeston & Holbeck - Ian Gibson
Bramley & Stanningley - Dean Locke
Crossgates & Whinmoor - John Ashton
Garforth & Swillington - Steve Elliott
Killingbeck & Seacroft - Sam Kelly
Morley North - Tom Redmond
Morley South - Chris Beverley
Rothwell - Bernie Allen
Temple Newsam - Jordan Fawcett
Weetwood - Alan Proctor

Wakefield

Ward 20 - Norman Tate

Kirklees

Dewsbury South - Shaun Maddox

Barnsley

Central - Colin Porter
Cudworth - Carol Stacey
Darfield - Dave Burnett
Darton East - Sharon Sutton
Darton West - Ian Sutton
Hoyland Milton - Justin Saxton
Kingstone - Nathan Walker
Old Town - David Peace
Rockingham - Kevin Riddiough
Royston - Paul Robinson
St Helens - Dean Walker
Wombwell - Gary Carnell

Doncaster

Bentley - B. Hewitt
Bessacarr - G. Bluff
Central - H. Dove
Edenthorpe - K. Hewitt
Finningley - N. Berry
Hatfield - M.Glyn
Wheatley - R. Penketh

Sheffield

Birley - David Wildgoose

...

Well done to the above members for their dedication in putting themselves forward as candidates.

Please do all you can to support our candidates however you can, either by helping distribute leaflets or by donating money, which you can do by clicking on the 'donate' button down the right hand side of this page.

If sending a cheque, please make it payable to "English Democrats" and send to:

English Democrats
PO Box 116
Leeds
LS27 9WW.

Thank you for your support. Let's make this year a great one for the English Cause!

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Big increase in Leeds English Democrats candidates













Nominations closed today for the local elections so I can announce that Leeds English Democrats will be fielding the following eleven candidates:

Ardsley & Robin Hood - Joanna Beverley
Beeston & Holbeck - Ian Gibson
Bramley & Stanningley - Dean Locke
Crossgates & Whinmoor - John Ashton
Garforth & Swillington - Steve Elliott
Killingbeck & Seacroft - Sam Kelly
Morley North - Tom Redmond
Morley South - Chris Beverley
Rothwell - Bernie Allen
Temple Newsam - Jordan Fawcett
Weetwood - Alan Proctor

This is up from just three City Council candidates last May.

My appeals for candidates will now cease, but what we do urgently need is money!

If you can make a donation your support would be very much appreciated and needed.

You can donate to us by Paypal by clicking on the 'donate' button on the right hand side of this page.

If sending a cheque, please make it payable to "English Democrats" and send to:

English Democrats
PO Box 116
Leeds
LS27 9WW.

Every penny counts!

And well done to all the above-named patriots for coming forward and standing as English Democrats candidates.

The English Democrats continue to make progress across the board. Join us here!.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

My Barnsley speech

Here is the speech I prepared for last week's meeting in Barnsley...


Potential

Many of the speeches I have given in the past year since I joined the English Democrats have been on the subject of the potential for our party and of the opportunities that are out there for us.

Barely a week goes by without us seeing the evidence of this - the media profile of our party has never been higher and our recognition amongst the English public is increasing all the time.

But as pleasing as this may be, potential and opportunities mean nothing unless we realise that potential and grasp those opportunities, and that is what we must do.

Elections

It will not come as news to any of you that the local elections are just over a month away - 5 weeks tomorrow in fact. The deadline for submitting nomination papers for candidates is a week today.

The English Democrats are a campaigning organisation but we are, first and foremost, a political party. We are committed to English parliamentary democracy and recognise that victory at the ballot box is the only way to power for our Cause. We are not in the business of begging other parties to take on elements of our manifesto, though this will undoubtedly occur more as our party grows.

In order to realise our potential we must give the maximum number of our people the opportunity to vote English Democrats on May 3rd, which means that we need more candidates to come forward now.

Paper Candidates

Not all candidates will be trying to win. Some will be paper-candidates who do not do any work whatsoever but by allowing their name to appear on the ballot paper as a candidate for the English Democrats they will be providing the opportunity for thousands of people to vote for us.

All the other parties do this - they all have wards which they try and win - or retain - and wards where they stand simply to have their party name on the ballot paper. And as we grow this is what we must be doing too, as a political party that does not take elections seriously is not a political party at all.

More seats than ever in Yorkshire

Now this May we should be fighting more seats than ever for the English Democrats here in Yorkshire. Barnsley along with my own branch of Leeds are leading the way in that regard, though we are also fielding candidates in several other areas, some for the first time.

For those of you who have already committed to standing as candidates then well done and on behalf of the party, thank you. Just don't mess your paperwork up!

For those of you who have not come forward to stand please take this opportunity now to consider standing as a candidate in the elections. If you want to throw yourself into it and go out leafleting then of course you are very welcome to do so but we would not expect this of you at this late stage - even just by standing as a paper candidate you can make a difference.

You would literally not have to do a thing - other than allow your name to be used on the ballot paper somewhere so that people can vote for our party. We will do the rest.

This goes not just for people in Barnsley but for people here from other areas too. All South and West Yorkshire has elections in May, and we want to field candidates everywhere. Don't think you will leave it this year and just try next year instead either, as there aren't any local elections here next year - the next ones aren't until 2014, the same year as the European Elections, in which our party will be aiming to return a number of English Democrats MEPs.

The time to come forward is now, so please, if you can stand as a candidate, or help in any other way, either by giving money or by coming out and leafleting or all the above, we need you now.

Why bother?

Some people may ask the question: why bother? Things are so messed up and wrong with our current society that it is beyond fixing. They may think that because they have not caused the problems, for example by never having voted for any of the parties which have caused this mess, that they are not responsible for fixing it.

Some get depressed by the scale of the struggle. Others do all they can to ignore the problems our society faces and seek any escape from it that they can.

No-one is immune from this. We all want to spend time with our families and we sometimes try and forget all about the outside world and many wrongs that need to be righted.

So the question remains, why bother?

Plato quote

I think this question can be answered by the motto of the Morley Patriot Blog for those of you who read it:

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

This is a useful stand-alone quote. This was one of those types of things that when you see them for the first time you want to punch the air and shout: "exactly"! or suchlike, and reading that quote inspired me to get hold of the book from which it was taken and read that too, which I duly did.

Plato's Republic is a delightful work which is presented as a dialogue between Socrates and a number of other individuals.

It begins with the question of what constitutes justice and this leads onto a discussion of how the perfect state would look. Plato was no democrat. He did not believe in what he regarded as rule by the mob, but nor did he approve of tyranny or oligarchy.

Rather, Plato argued that a state could only achieve a truly fair and just political system when it was ruled by truly wise men and women; philosophers no less. Such philosopher-rulers would be prevented from owning property or enjoying any of the trappings of wealth. They would be prevented from having a family in the traditional sense, and would have far less freedom in their everyday lives than merchants or tradesmen.

Plato argued that such a system would ensure that those in power would be the right kind of people to rule. Clearly those who seek high office, whether in Classical Athens or modern Britain, due to avarice or a desire to exert control over others, will rarely be fair and just leaders. Their actions will be governed primarily by a desire for further enrichment and the strengthening of their own positions.

Yet if a state’s laws were to ensure that its ruling class were to live relatively austere lifestyles, why would anyone want to govern at all in the first place? One reason proposed is that those people whose wisdom was such as to qualify them to rule our hypothetical state would be willing to sacrifice their own lifestyles for the good of the state.

Such philosopher-rulers would regard the well-being of the whole community as more important than their own well-being. Or rather, their wisdom would render them incapable of distinguishing between that which is good or bad for them and that which is good or bad for the community, so selfless would they be in their dedication to the well-being of the state.

And furthermore, to bring this back to the motto of the blog, whilst such rulers would not be motivated by any material incentives to take on the mantle of power, they would be heavily motivated by the disincentive that their refusal to take up office would ensure that the state would instead be ruled by lesser men, motivated by baser considerations.

And thus, whilst it is delightful enough as a stand-alone statement, our quote can be appreciated further when it is looked at in the wider context in which it was first formulated.

Problems

Now Plato's ideal state remains elusive and there are obviously significant problems as to how such a state would be constructed, but the basic principle I've discussed here boils down to this:

The current British state is rotten through and through because it is governed by the wrong people, and it is governed by the wrong people because the good people in our society have allowed this to happen.
This has been an example of the sentiments expressed in the oft-quoted phrase attributed to Edmund Burke that:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
The very fact that you are here today is proof enough that you are the sort of person who cares enough about our people to sacrifice your free time to attend a political meeting. None of you are being paid to be here and none of you will be here with a mind to future riches coming as a result of you being involved in this party. Being involved in this business costs you time and money and effort and sometimes heartache but you do it out of a love of our country and its people.

In short, you are the opposite of those who actually rule our current society, and this is why things are in such a mess.

This is why all right thinking people are obliged to take an interest in politics and engage in the political process however we can - standing as a candidate in the elections is one example of that. This doesn't have to take over your life, but politics should at least be part of your life, because the alternative is to allow all the wrong people into power.

This has a negative effect of us all, I don' think anyone here has enough money that they can afford to insulate themselves from the sickness of today's society - we owe it to our children to give them a healthier country to live in than the one which we have inherited.

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A report of the meeting will be on the English Democrats website soon.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Eddy Butler on the Sunday Politics (London)

Here is a screenshot from today's Sunday Politics (London edition) in which English Democrats member Eddy Butler was interviewed.

The programme should be available to view on BBC iPlayer later today.

Well done Eddy!

See also Eddy Butler: The blog they want to silence!