Saturday, 11 April 2015
The Election is here. UKIP/Tory pact?
In Tameside there are rumours of a UKIP / Tory pact based on the fact that five Tory candidates will not face a UKIP challenger ( Ashton Hurst, Hyde Werneth, Stalybridge South, Longdendale and Denton West.). Four UKIP candidates will not face Tory rivals (Hyde Newton, Droylsden East, Audenshaw and Dukinfield Stalybridge.) The perceptive ones amongst you will note that the first two wards were traditionally good wards for the BNP, gaining 1000 votes in Droylsden East the last time a BNP candidate fought it.
Needless to say the Labour Party and those not knowledgeable of Tameside politics are making a great fuss about this "pact", claiming that it shows there is no difference between the two parties. The truth is simpler. As any thinking person in the borough would tell you. ANY political pact, agreement or campaign is justified to free Tameside from Labour control.
It is madness, sheer madness, to split the anti-Labour vote and thus facilitate the return of any Labour Councillor when they could be thrown onto the dung heap of history where they belong.
It is regretable that if there is a pact, it was not carried out in all wards .
To continue on other election issues, I expect that UKIP will receive the denounciations from the pulpit once reserved for the BNP. It appears that there has been at least one already, though not reported in the press. The clergy seem to have got a taste for this sort of political intervention and one is reminded of the old axiom "When they came for.........I did not protest because I was not a ........." "When they came for me there was no one left to protest."
The pulpit seems to be aimed at increasingly mainstream targets. The old saying can now be written as "When they tried to come for me there was no one left to come, they were too busy chasing everyone else!"
I will watch with interest whether there is a denounciation of the only Communist Party candidate (In Audenshaw). The anti-religious credentials of the CP are more obvious and bloody than UKIP so even-handedness and fairness should mean a denounciation is forthcoming. But...."even-handed and fair...." not terms one associates with the Democratic Centralism of Marxist politics