Archive for May, 2014
Time to take those fragrant UKIPPers more seriously, or so it seems. Here beginneth an occasional series in which I point out What You Voted For. No, I know it wasn’t you, but somebody sure as hell voted for them. Anyway, here’s a sample, culled from yesterday’s Grauniad:
Signs are that we will hear much of David Coburn, the sole Ukip representative from Scotland. What is he like? He’s robust, in the mould of his leader; and this we know from a recently surfaced Twitter exchange he had with Dr Giacomo Benedetto, a senior politics lecturer at the University of London, over prisoners’ voting rights. Coburn, you might have guessed, was against the idea. The professor took a progressive approach. We have no lessons to learn from you about democracy, Coburn told the professor. Why is that, asked Benedetto? “Italy fought on the side of Fascism in WWII. Mussolini deported the Jews WWII & Britain sheltered them. That is why I say you have no lessons,” Coburn replied. Not the nicest comment, or the wisest. “Three of my great-uncles died in WWI and two in WWII fighting for UK,” notes Benedetto, who has an English mother and was raised in the UK. Unfortunate for the Ukip man, but he’ll learn. Let’s see it as a false start. Onwards to Brussels.
Yes, I think there may be some pleasure in store. Now they’re elected, let’s just sit back and watch ’em cock it up eh?
I’m returning to these pages after a bit of a break, to thank the surprising number of people who voted for me in the local elections last week. The Greens were a creditable second in the Calder ward, leaving the Condem parties in our distant wake. Shame it wasn’t mirrored in the European results…any ideas how to add to that 20%?