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By-Elections: Lib Dem Landslide Win in Tiverton and Honiton, Labour Victory in Wakefield, Northern Independence Party Beaten by Official Monster Raving Party.

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Official Monster Raving Loony Party: Celebrating Victory Over Northern Independence Party Till the Wee Hours.

Tiverton and Honiton:

The Liberal Democrats have overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

A dramatic swing of almost 30% from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats saw Richard Foord achieve a majority of 6,144 in the Devon constituency on Thursday.

Sky

Wakefield:

Labour has won the Wakefield by-election to regain the West Yorkshire seat it lost to the Conservatives at the 2019 General Election.

Simon Lightwood defeated Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed by 4,925 votes in the poll to overturn a majority of 3,358.

The vote followed the resignation of ex-Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who was jailed in May for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008.

The victory signifies Labour’s first by-election gain since Corby in 2012.

BBC.

Trainspotters did not fail to notice the triumph of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party, candidate Sir Archibald Earl Eaton Stanton 171 ballot papers over their so-called rivals of the Northern Independence Party (NIP) – represented by Christopher Jones, 84 votes.

It was not long ago that the leftish media published respectful articles about the newly founded NIPs. Created by the thinker, Phillip Proudfoot, the scion of an ancient Hobbit family known to J.R. Tolkien, was seen as potentially “the start of a more general realignment in British politics”. A piece in New Left Review declared that the Nippers were no “unicium” (translation, one-off). It had a place in the “remarkable rise in regionalist sentiment; conflicts between Catalans, Basques and Spaniards, Northerners and mezzogiornisti, Flemings and Walloons all puncture the post-national age.”

What were its politics? ” The nip is demanding that the uk Parliament hold a referendum on an Independent Northern England, with a ‘yes’ vote leading to ‘the establishment of a sovereign Northern Republic.’” The self-identifying democratic socialist party called for the creation of an independent state restoring an ancient anglo-saxon kingdom in Northumbria that had existed between the 7th and 10th century.

Proudfoot’s party has friendly relations with the more borders Left Unity party (who also back Scottish nationalist plans to create more European frontiers), and other micro parties in the Left. A high point was enthusiastically reported by the anti-Labour site Skwawkbox, “NIP, Breakthrough Party, Left Unity, TUSC and others announce new PAL electoral coalition.” (20.1.22) The alt news site Novara Media was still describing NIP as a significant force back in April, “The Northern Independence Party Is a Triple Threat to Labour. Strong northern identity, unapologetic socialism and passionate activists – the NIP has everything Starmer doesn’t.” Ell Folan.

Pal’s friendship with TUSC was not to last – there was an acrimonious bust up over George Galloway a few months ago. But the Nips did not faced any left competition in the Wakefield election. The field, we might say, was clear for their “unapologetic socialism” and fired up supporters.

Alas….

It looks as if not only the Monster Raving Loonies have beaten the NIPs but that what regionalist feeling there is in Wakefield has been captured by the social democratic Yorkshire Party, which “campaigns for the establishment of a devolved Yorkshire Assembly within the UK, with powers over education, environment, transport and housing.” Their candidate, David Herdson, scored a respectable 1182 votes.

Wakefield
NamePartyVotes%
AHMED, NadeemThe Conservative Party Candidate824130.0
AKBAR, AkefIndependent20907.6
BICKERDIKE, PaulChristian Peoples Alliance1440.5
DODGSON, MickFreedom Alliance. Real People. Real Alternative1870.7
EARL ‘EATON, Sir Archibald StantonThe Official Monster Raving Loony Party1710.6
FRANSEN, JaydaIndependent230.1
GASKELL, Jordan JamesUK Independence Party (UKIP)1240.5
HERDSON, David John RowntreeYorkshire Party11824.3
HIRST, ThereseEnglish Democrats – `Putting England First`1350.5
JONES, Christopher RichardNorthern Independence Party – Nationalise Energy Companies840.3
LIGHTWOOD, Simon Robert (Elected)Labour Party1316647.9
NEEDLE, Jamie LukeLiberal Democrats5081.8
ROUTH, Ashley Theo BlueGreen Party5872.1
SIMON, AshleaBritain First – No To Immigration3111.1
WALSH, ChrisReform UK5131.9
Majority492517.9
Spoiled Votes62
% turnout39.5
Total Votes27,466

As Far-Right Tories try to stir up anti-Trade Union Hatred: Solidarity with the RMT!

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Last Week…

Nostalgia for the 1970s began to grow a couple of weeks ago. Now Kate Bush (too good not to cite) tops the charts, artic roll is on the menu, and Abigail is having a party. Kipper ties are said to be making a comeback.

Then there is…

I can recall having vicious arguments in the 1970s about unions. Having left school at 16 I worked, first in manual jobs, then in central London offices. There were lots of strikes, many involving car workers and dockers, including in 1971 a TUC Day of Action ‘Kill the Bill’, a one-day General Strike, against the Industrial Relations Act. If there was a current of solidarity, the class hatred against strikers from right-wingers, and people who considered work stoppages something against the natural order of things, was so strong you could almost touch it. The 1979 Winter of Discontent 1978-9 is said to have capped the decade with widespread strikes in the public and private sector.

At Uni in the latter part of the decade students attended trade union marches in the West Midlands, in Birmingham and Coventry, at which there were engineering and car workers. We went regularly, by mini-bus from Leamington, driven by the indefatigable ‘Reg’, and then coaches which started at Warwick, to support the dispute involving trade union recognition at the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratories in Willesden that led to a two-year strike between 1976 and 1978.

Those of us who were there will vividly remember the day this chap turned up at Grunwicks, with the miners, to show solidarity:

We also remember red-baiting stuff on the telly and papers. In response there were private armies formed (not kidding) to resist the Marxist threat in the UK. ” General Sir Walter Colyear Walker (1912–2001) was a British army officer. Walker has been accused of forming a private army with the intention of overthrowing the British government or seizing power if trade unionists rendered the country ungovernable.”

Back to the present…

This the Interview:

Or is it the 1980s….?

Things are obviously getting polarised. But solidarity continues:

Solidarity with the RMT at Ipswich today from the Ipswich trades council, the NEU, Unison and Unite branches including of course the SUC!

A massed and coordinated show of solidarity is being mustered for 10am on Saturday (June 25th) on the pavement opposite the railway station,

please join it if you can, and bring your banners, placards and flags.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 21, 2022 at 4:40 pm

Alt-Right Ipswich MP Tom Hunt, attacks “’elite society’ for fighting Rwanda deportations.”

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Tom Hunt MP: condemns “hysterical reaction to the Rwanda policy”

Tom Hunt is the Conservative MP for Ipswich – his predecessor Sandy Martin was Labour MP, 2017 – 2019.

Hunt is also aligned with the alt-right, stating of the Black Lives Matter campaign, that “some of the leadership figures of BLM have at times strayed beyond what should be a powerful yet simple and unified message in opposition to racism that still exists in our society, straying into cultural Marxism, the abolition of the nuclear family, defunding the police, overthrowing capitalism” He is a member of the alt-right Common Sense group, which got some publicity for their protest letter about the National Trust against “elitist bourgeois liberals”, “Part of our mission is to ensure that institutional custodians of history and heritage, tasked with safeguarding and celebrating British values, are not coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the “woke agenda”.

Yet Hunt is otherwise largely unknown. Except to his constituents who are so fed up with his performance, and less than helpful attitude towards the local electorate that they have set up a Blocked by Tom Hunt Face Book group.

Hunt was educated at private school King’s Ely founded (970 AD), the mean streets of Cambridge, at Hills Road Sixth Form College, and after a degree at Manchester in Politics and History attended Oxford to do a MSc at Pembroke College.

Simon Kuper in Chums (2022) talks of Oxford as a machine “to funnel privately educated boys from the school to the ruling elite.” This clearly is not the case for all graduates of the University but this fits Hunty to a T. A sign of his allegiance to the traditional hunting and fishing class was the MPs time as head of media of the Countryside Alliance best known for its defence of ‘field sports’. After his election wags in Ipswich anticipated a visit of the County set of the Suffolk Hunt in town parks and the opening of a grouse moor in Bixley.

The MP is a hard-line Brexiteer with links to Brexit Central. What Leave project did he back? Kuper notes that some Tories who wanted to Leave the EU, to “turn Britain into an under-regulated free-trading offshore libertarian paradise”. Hunt asserted that the move would “unleash Britain’s potential” and” enables us to strike free trade deals across the world. Yet, some argue, that wrapped in their privilege, the author of Chums claimed, for the Tory Toffs, “Brexit was above all their generational grand project designed to protect the powers of their personal fiefdom of Westminster.” Hunt, with his doe-eyed admiration and loyalty to Boris Johnson is, many would say, determined to get a fief of his own.

He was on Politics Live yesterday:

Today Hunt again got in the news:

Tom Hunt also targets ’elite society’ for fighting Rwanda deportations – despite attending a £35,000-a-year private school. Independent.

A Conservative MP has blamed asylum seekers for severe problems in the NHS, schools and social housing – 12 years after his party came to power.

Tom Hunt claimed “uncontrolled illegal immigration” lay behind shortages of GPs, schools places and low-cost homes, as he defended the policy of deporting refugees to Rwanda.

He also argued “elite society” was leading the opposition to the Rwanda plan – despite having attended a £35,000-a-year private school and Oxford University.

“Many of the most vocal critics have been from elite society and, frankly, have never had to live with the consequences of uncontrolled immigration.”

Mr Hunt was asked what he meant by “elite society”, pointing to “some of those bishops” who have signed a joint letter condemning Boris Johnson for the move.

And he added: “It’s quite clear that some of the most vocal critics of this – who’ve been the most hysterical over this policy – have been individuals who have never had to live with the consequences of uncontrolled immigration and the impact that has on public services.”

Hunt is also very much a more borders Tory, riding on a wave of Brexit moves to control immigration.

Update.

Today he stated his opposition to human rights law that gets in the way of national sovereignty and holding back asylum seekers and foreigners.

Tom Hunt calls for rethink on Human Rights Court East Anglian Daily Times.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has called into question the UK’s continued membership of the European Court of Human Rights after its judgement on Tuesday forced the last-minute cancellation of the first flight of asylum-seekers to Rwanda.

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A strong supporter of the government’s policy, he said: “My view is that we should not be signatories to treaties or conventions if they limit our ability to control our own borders.

“Being able to control your own borders is clearly crucial to being a sovereign country. I’m also of the view that British courts should be supreme. It feels very wrong to me that a foreign court can overrule our own courts when it comes to a matter like this.

“The Lord Chancellor is currently undertaking a review of all human rights legislation and my understanding is that a new British Bill of Rights will be replacing the Human Rights Act.

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June 15, 2022 at 10:53 am