Council elections post-mortem

The morning after is an exercise in itself, so let’s go through that.

My first reaction, the primary reaction, was to check comments on the blog which might need replying to or which were trapped in the bin.

And here was the first, from esteemed commenter Bill, whose stance is don’t vote, that’ll show ’em:

Our survey sez “No change a WIN for government” That definitely showed THEM.

The thinking behind that was that my urging people to vote to show displeasure has had no effect whatever and I for one am not averse to Bill’s view because all those wards with no alternative candidate resulted in spoiled ballot papers and interestingly – the MSM are free to report that in headlines.? That really is the interesting story here.

Why? Well firstly, to get rid of May – the establishment appear to be thinking her job is done, time to move on to the next phase, but they need grounds at this upcoming combined constituency branch meeting. All such things need to be put on the analysis table, not just one view.

Did it have no effect at all, voting? Well, yes and no:

Local elections 2019: Theresa May HUMILIATED as Conservatives face Brexit BACKLASH. THERESA MAY’s Conservatives are haemorrhaging councillors as the Liberal Democrats and Independent candidates endured a spectacular night in the 2019 local elections.By CLIVE HAMMOND

Why was my first stop The Express? Because, despite the control of that rag changing from Brexit to anti-Brexit, the message of ‘May Out’ is the same, therefore it’s as reliable as any, i.e. not very much … yet it’s my first input this morning because one must start somewhere. [Naturally, one does not bother with the BBC, Guardian, , local rags, all taken over by Them long ago.]

Next stop is the Telegraph which still reflects some true things now and then behind the paywall which excludes most people:

Ok, that seems to confirm that it was worth voting but I’m more inclined to Bill’s view that it didn’t do much, that it left things just as they were in terms of control of our lives and doings. I’m certainly not averse to the Ranty/Bill stance in one sense but against that is cynicism over the ability of the populace to discern what is happening – you’d think you’d not need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows – but maybe you do in most people’s cases.

I’d say we have an impasse between the Bill view and the Roger Helmer view, i.e. to vote Brexit across the paper or not to turn up at all. Both have a legit case in my view, but ‘not voting’ can be interpreted however Them wish, whereas writing things across the paper, though it not be made public, does have an effect if enough people do it. An effect on GCHQ at least.

And that effect? Not in the least to change their ways, because they are on a mission from their god of destruction, but merely to allow Them to gauge the level of discontent, as Macron is doing in France and Maduro in Venezuela.? They’re not going to get that in the least by stay-at-homes.

In the case of us, the disgruntled deplorables, in effect we have just negated each other. I voted Anne Marie because she was the sole alternative and I don’t know the numbers yet, as I’m still writing this at you early morning.

So, another vote comes up for the EU elections and what does that prove? The ‘don’t voters’ and ‘do voters’ are still locked on opposite sides of the argument – friends still but still locked on this question of ‘vote’ or ‘don’t vote’.

Then who knows if there is a GE after that, which is even more theatrical?

By the way, where would I have gone next this morning? Twitter of course, a mix of primary sources and reported, or secondary, sources.

After that? Maybe Breitbart but they’re always late, always behind the action – they’re more for later analysis, as we are here.

Trusted blogs would be my next move, to see if one of us lot have uncovered anything from around the traps.

Peak lunacy or brilliant idea?

  • The introduction of the ULEZ appears to have immediate impact as more motorists book driveways on the outskirts of London to park their cars
  • also reports dramatic increase in people registering their driveway or empty parking space
  • Other cities across the UK are also planning their own emission zones to help cut air pollution from cars

Property owners near the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) are registering their driveways as parking spaces in record numbers to help motorists avoid driving into the capital.

The ULEZ has been recently introduced in central London to help cut air pollution from vehicles and now means the owners of cars that don’t meet emission standards will have to pay £12.50 per day to drive in the centre of the capital, as well as pay the congestion charge.

122143 YourParkingSpace

Reconquista – the quiz

1. What were Roncesvalles, Somport and La Jonquera?
2. What did Pallars, Girona and Urgell help form?
3. What were the Latifundia?
4. Who were the infanzones?
5. Difference between a la jineta and a la brida?
6. Kgdm of Asturias – which mountans?
7. Treaty of 1491 which ended Reconquista?



“We are fighting for Europe to remain European, with European values….” — Tomio Okamura, President, Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD) and Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

“My friends, we are gathered here today to stand up for our freedom and our sovereignty. The most precious things we have. Because without a strong nation state, there is no democracy. And without democracy there are no liberties…. My friends, our countries are strong nations. Based on a Jewish-Christian and humanistic civilization. That should never change. So, we want to control our own borders again. We do not want mass immigration. And we do not want to be invaded by a tyrannical ideology.” — Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV).

“However, my friends, it isn’t easy to leave the EU, as the British have found out. Despite a majority voting for Brexit, the establishment and the EU have colluded to stop us.” — Janice Atkinson, British MEP, who is also Vice Chair of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) political group in the European Parliament.

“Immigration must be stopped, and the Islamist ideology must be eradicated…. Islamization and globalism are new totalitarianisms that threaten European countries.” — Marine Le Pen, Prague Press Conference.

Every picture tells a story [1]

This is a new series which uses pictures from the past stored on iPad and on stick, seeming to recall some incident or other which was poignant at the time, maybe there’s even a message for today. Many you’ve seen before but Alzheimer’s may help you not recall.

Ready to vote today?

Would you go near one of ’em, let alone marry one?

Herbal wisdom:


Always useful – feel free to use under any post you don’t like:


1. Classic ‘oh it was only a one-off, never happens anywhere else’ situation:

On Sunday, one day before he was arrested, Frank Caramagna resigned from office.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said that between March 2017 and November 2018, Caramagna allegedly filled in ballots of other registered voters.

The office’s investigation revealed that Caramagna “had interfered with the secrecy of the election process by completing portions of the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, Primary Election Ballot Certifications, and General Election Ballot Certifications of registered voters,” the release said.

Do you believe there is no voter fraud?? Go tell it in Miami.

2. Try to curb your delight, filmgoers:

3. If it weren’t so serious, it could almost be fun:

Predictably Barr’s testimony resulted in a tidal wave of apoplectic outrage by Democrats and their media adjunct. Some denounced Barr as a shill for Trump while others called for his impeachment.

Always hope – despair is a sin.

4. It’s an old post recalled:

Dating site? What’s that?

5. Roger speaks:

I recently gave an interview to the New Statesman, on the assumption that, as the magazine’s former wine critic I would be treated with respect, and that the journalist, George Eaton, was sincere in wanting to talk to me about my intellectual life. Not for the first time I am forced to acknowledge what a mistake it is to address young leftists as though they were responsible human beings.

Didn’t choose his target well, this Eaton.

6. Two from Rossa’s mother:

7. Last but not least:

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]