Fired-up. Enthused. Excited. Angry. Turned-on. Yes all that are more. This is freak election campaign 2015 and I am enjoying it more than any other.
There are genuine mysteries on how the Rubik’s Cube of a result in Newport West will turn out. It depends on where the UKIP votes will come from and where the deserting LibDems will go. Nobody knows.
For the past six months, Tory MPs have smugly been forecasting an economy-success fueled surge in Tory support to happen at Christmas…. in long campaign…. in short campaign….. sometime…. never. They have tried abusing Miliband, fictionalisng the financial crisis origins, stirring up English nationalism and now ‘Dollgate’. We are living in ‘The Thick of it” when the demoniac character of Sturgeon is proved by the exposure of her alleged Hitlerite act of cutting her doll’s hair.....it was some time ago too. Now they a holding an undeclared leadership battle. Not a bright idea 11 days before polling day. Those whom the Gods intend to destroy, they first make mad. Is Tory neurosis the first recorded case in the history of psychology of a Group Brain-Fade? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckmLnkzjIjI
The Newport West battle has been less soporific than usual. The Tory has woefully ignored his Government’s final act of removing local councils’ right to ban fracking or nuclear waste drilling and part of his cunning 'plan' is a call for more planning powers for local councils. With restraint I have gently mocked his ridiculous parliamentary-irrelevant ‘plan’ as ‘Something old, nothing new, mostly borrowed and sadly blue.’ He has exposed himself as a Tory Nerd in Waiting keen to obey all his party’s calls to plunge into avoidable wars-especially when based on emotional spasms. He would just another addition to the Commons 'Give War a Chance Party'.
The South Wales Argus has treated us to pioneering intelligent coverage that captures the the passion of the Hustings at their best.
The Newport West LibDem has been absent from all the Hustings. He suffers from REDS-Repetitive Election Defeat Syndrome after spending £30,000 in his last failed candidature– more that any other candidate in Gwent. That;s more that three times the sums spent by each of the two winning MPs in the ciry. UKIP has also failed to show and Plaid managed one only. Not that the Hustings were worthless. They were great.
A LibDem for another constituency elbowed his way unwisely into all of the Hustings here. He has an uncertain grasp of facts and reality. But he has ONE fan who writes a hilarious blog hagiography on him-anonymously of course. Anyone any clue who writes it? Is it a hoax? I recently sued him for a gross defamation of me on national television. I kindly did not press it to the courts stage where the costs would have escalated. He has not learned his lesson and has repeated the offence. The Hustings have given me the chance to confront him face-to-face with a dose of grown-up politics. As a heckler told him last Friday ‘If you can’t do good: then don’t do harm’. He has increased the problem he rails against with self-indulgent grandstanding. This is coarse vulgar world of student politics at its worst.
Green Pippa has been an eloquent adornment of the campaign making some good points. She has avoided the Greens La-la-land of no immigration control plus citizens wage of £80 a week, for all, That’s all those in work, out of work, seeking work and not-seeking work. Implemented that would have an interesting consequence on immigration. An increase in her vote from 1.1% in 2010 could have the perverse result of robbing Wales of its greenest MP. They did it before to Simon Thomas in 2005.
One more Hustings next Friday. Will the Scarlet Pimpernel absent candidates appear? Even as holograms or in ectoplasm would suffice.
We live in hope.