Laban Tall has finally noticed me! (Revives from dead faint.) Actually, I’ve linked to him for some time as I enjoy reading his thoughts from time to time which, of course, is part of the fun of blogging — reading the views of others even if you don’t necessarily agree with them, just so long as they are well written, provocative and entertaining.
A quick scroll down my blog roll would show a pretty mixed bunch, but I do read them all, although some more than others. Actually, there does seem to be more links to right-leaning nanny state bashers than the alternative. I’m not sure what that says more about me or the authors.
For the record though, I don’t read the Guardian (epater les guardianistas for goodness sake) and I’m not sure that I’d describe myself as a ‘nice well meaning liberal type.’ For sure I’ve retained some of the leftie idealism of my youth even if it has worn thinner with age, but I was never a radical. And to be honest, I don’t have much time for politicians of whatever hue — as the saying goes, it doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.
But enough of me and Laban and back to the election. I see that support is flooding in to back the UKIP cause. MEP John Whittaker is the UKIP candidate in no less than eight seats in the north west because they can’t find enough people to rally round the Poundstretcher banner.
John’s name will be on the ballot slips in Ashton-under-Lyne, Crosby, Heywood and Middleton, Hyndburn, Manchester Central (not sure what’s going on there as the BBC has one Damian O’Connor as the UKIP candidate), Rochdale, Stalybridge and Hyde and Wigan.
This is perfectly legal apparently and in the unlikely event that he should win two or more seats, he’ll have to choose which to represent and the poor electorate in the remaining seats would have to go through the whole rigmarole again with a by-election.
Still, it is certain to split the mad as a fish vote.