Monthly Archives: May 2014

No mention about the surge of the Left!

A few days old but worth absorbing to get the wider picture of what happened during election week. The media have ‘somehow’ forgot to emphasize this point as much as they have done elsewhere. This from the Guardian:

European elections: six countries that went left, not right

Which nations bucked the trend in the Euro elections and surged towards leftwing parties?
Supporters of Greece's opposition Syriza party

Supporters of Greece’s opposition Syriza party, overall winner in the Euro elections. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

The headline gains were for nationalist and Eurosceptic parties – witness all those pictures of “evil” Nigel Farage smiling into his pint glass, or of Marine Le Pen, whose Front National party triumphed in France, throwing back her head and cackling. But some member nations bucked the trend in the Euro elections and registered a surge towards leftwing candidates. Here’s who:

Spain

EU parliament election in MadridWilly Meyer of Spain’s United Left party, which gained around 12 seats. Photograph: Fernando Villar/EPAThe People’s party was one of the few governing parties to win the largest portion of the vote. But it’s the large gains by leftwing parties that are exciting political commentators. Between them, the two dominant political parties (People’s party and Socialist party) lost five million votes compared with their 2009 performance. Meanwhile, the protest partyPodemos (“We can”) took nearly 8% of the vote and five seats. Podemos was formed only four months ago, having grown out of the Spanishindignados who camped out in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square in 2011. Coalition group United Left also gained four seats, further increasing the voice of the left in parliament. “It’s the hour of the people. This is only the beginning,” Podemos’s leader Pablo Iglesias, tweeted. “Clearly, we can.”

Greece

First, the bad news. The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party claimed three seats, its first MEPs, with around 9.37% of the vote – a huge improvement on its 2009 performance, in which it polled less than 0.5%. But the overall winner in Greece was the leftwing opposition party Syriza, which campaigned against the government’s austerity policies. Partial results indicate it won the vote by three or four points from the governing New Democracy party.

Italy

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi during a press conference, Rome, Italy - 26 May 2014Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, whose centre-left Democratic party exceeded expections. Photograph: Rex FeaturesPrime minister Matteo Renzi and his centre-left Democratic party exceeded expectations to win just over 40% of the vote. The Five Star Movement led by the former comedian Beppe Grillo, an anti-establishment, anti-European party, came second but with fewer votes than expected. Forza Italia, the party of Silvio Berlusconi, took its lowest ever vote share. Italy, the stable heart of Europe: you heard it here first. The massive endorsement of Renzi, however, is very much a matter of national politics. He was the elected mayor of Florence and holds no seat in parliament; he became prime minister in February at the invitation of Italian president Giorgio Napolitano. The result gives him the mandate he lacked.

Portugal

Socialist party candidate Francisco Assis in portugalSocialist party candidate Francisco Assis (left) embraces the party leader Antonio Jose Seguro after their election victory. Photograph: Tiago Petinga/EPA“From Dublin to Lublin, from Portugal to Pomerania, the pitchfork-wielding populists are converging on the Breydel building in Brussels – drunk on local hooch and chanting nationalist slogans and preparing to give the federalist machinery a good old kicking with their authentically folkloric clogs,” Boris Johnson wrote in the Telegraph on Monday. Actually, this is a little unfair on Portugal, which Johnson may have included for alliterative reasons. There was no emergence of a particularly Eurosceptic party. The country’s opposition Socialist party topped the poll with around 31.5% – leaving the ruling Social Democratic party in second place. The victory was driven by an electorate registering its objection to austerity measures; the country exited its ¤78bn (£63bn) euro bailout programme earlier this month.

Slovakia

You would be hard pushed to call it a surge. Only around 13% of the Slovakian electorate voted – and they voted in support of the ruling Smersocialist party. Eurosceptic liberals SaS got one seat. But the dominant mode of Euroscepticism here is Euroabstention.

Romania

TOPSHOTS A Romanian woman casts her ballA Romanian woman casts her vote. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty ImagesFarage put Romania firmly on the British political agenda. But there has been no Eurosceptic backlash in Romania, where preliminary data indicates that the governing alliance of the Romanian Social Democratic party prime minister Victor Ponta is on course to win 37.3% of votes. Let’s hope that Farage gets to sit next to some nice Romanian MEPs.

Note: This article was amended on May 27, 2014. The original stated that United Left had gained around 12 seats. This figure referred to the total gains of the anti-bailout hard-left group in the European Parliament. United Left gained four seats.

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A leopard can’t hide its spots!

Source: BBC

UKIP councillor Dave Small suspended by party over racism claims

Prospective UKIP MEP James Carver said there would be a "fair and thorough" investigation.UKIP MEP James Carver (above) said there would be a “fair and thorough” investigation

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A UKIP councillor has been suspended by his party over claims he made racist and homophobic comments on Facebook.

Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council’s Church Hill ward on Friday, now faces a disciplinary hearing.

It is alleged Mr Small called African migrants “scroungers” and Clare Balding and Sir Elton John “perverts” because of their sexualities.

The Facebook page has now been taken down and Mr Small has not commented.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show, UKIP MEP James Carver said he had brought the issue up with the party.

He said there would be a “fair and thorough” investigation.

UKIP said the suspension had been made with immediate effect, but made no other comment, other than to confirm Mr Small was now facing a disciplinary hearing.

Redditch Borough Council said that as the alleged comments were believed to have been made before he became a councillor, it was not seen as a matter for the authority.

Tony Richardson Islamaphobe!

The blog has been getting thousands of hits but I am currently trying to find the time at the moment but here is one observation. Tony Richardson of the Rothpol blog who goes under the alias of Malcontent wrote this:

‘A vote for Labour will finish off the country,and that would certainly mean the Muslims will be rejoicing!’

Surely a Islamaphobic and uneducated statement if there was ever one. Will try and spare some time to update further. Below is Islamaphobe Tony Richardson:

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The Scurrilous Rik!

So I had a comment left by Mr Abdul Razaq which I decided not to approve because it is full of unfound, slanderous and libelous content. My article on Mr Razaq was factually correct bar that he is no longer a member of the Lib Dems. As usual he is assumes a certain cllr is behind this blog and therefore goes onto make these slanderous and libelous comments directed towards him. Yet the fact is that Rik knows who is behind this blog but is too embarrassed of my identity.

I emailed Mr Razaq a reply saying that I could not publish his comment without reasonable evidence because to do so without evidence would leave me open to a law suit. Yet the dumbnut that is Rik publishes this comment. So let me make one thing clear, you bunch of dimwits make all the libelous and personal attacks you want on anyone but don’t call my blog scurrilous for not publishing such slander which could land me in court. Rik and his grooming apologist friend need to read up on the law before they go and do such acts. It is in fact his blog that is scurrilous, so the cheek of this statement reeks. His blog has become a whole sort of home of personal attacks, racial prejudice and character assassinations. Yet I produce the real news around here. A new level of stupidity has been reached by the borough idiots. Good luck answering for yourselves. dipshits. Excuse my french!