Sorry I haven't updated the Blog in a few days - Its my Dads 50th Birthday tomorrow and the family have come down to Padstow for the week to celebrate. Bad timing yes, a week and a half away from poll day in the County and European Elections but brilliant fun all the same, and a nice break to be fighting fit for those 14 hour days that will come in poll week.
Driving down the A303 and the A30 into South West England - One thing that kept me occupied was counting the amount of election posters for each Political Party. Obviously not a complete science and by no means a judge of how people will vote in the forth coming elections, but it does tell you a little. If you agree to have a massive poster on your property then lets assume you do more than just vote for that party - therefore if you are an activist you are doing more to try and get out the vote for that particular party, and you are more likely to persuade others to vote that way.
Here are my findings - they make interesting reading:
Lib Dem: 2
UKIP: Over 20
Conservative: Over 50
The first Conclusion (not assumption) that can be drawn from this is that in the South West and South East Region - if we look at the European Elections, Labour faces obliteration, Secondly the Lib Dems won't do much better, thirdly the good people of Britain will see through the far left BNP - and lastly the fight will be between the United Kingdom Independence Party & the Conservative & Unionist Party.
In Cornwall itself I have seen masses of Conservative and UKIP posters - I did a spot of fishing today on a fishing boat and the skipper had a UKIP poster, urging people to support them.
However who in their right mind if they believe in a better deal for Britain would vote UKIP. The Conservatives are the only Party in town to Stand up to the European Union. Here are 10 Reasons why you shouldn't put your cross in the box for UKIP:
1) UKIP have let down their previous supporters. They returned 12 MEPs in 2004, but completely wasted their opportunity. Their MEPs have been characterized by in-fighting and scandal; as a result, one third of their MEPs have left or been expelled
2) UKIP Badly let down British fishermen when they failed to oppose a plan put forward by Spanish and French MEPs to scrap the Shetland Box, a protected fishing zone for British vessels .
3) UKIP have failed to crack down on EU fraud and corruption one MEP has been sent to prison for benefit fraud and another is under investigation by the police over fraud allegations.
4) UKIP have failed on their promises—they said they opposed new countries joining the EU from Central Europe because it would lead to a ‘flood of migrants’ that would be ‘bad for Britain’. But their former leader Roger Knapman MEP was revealed to be employing Polish builders to renovate his home.
5) UKIP have failed to oppose barmy EU regulations including a directive to monitor whether employees were exposed to too much sun.
6) UKIP let down small firms when they failed to support plans to cut EU red tape.
7) UKIP have failed to convince their own supporters—Robert Kilroy- Silk joined UKIP in 2004, but left a year later, describing the party as ‘a joke’ that he was ‘ashamed’ to belong to.
8) UKIP have failed to promote British businesses — for example, they have voted against an initiative to ‘name and shame’ countries that fail to apply the common rules of the EU’s internal market and against calls to open up global markets with a new world trade deal
9) UKIP’s leadership have failed—the former chairman of UKIP in Wales has said: “the moral integrity of a number of people at the top left much to be desired.”
10) UKIP have failed to stick to their guns—UKIP leader Nigel Farage surprised many in a debate in the European Parliament with Tony Blair when he said “If you can reform the European Union, Mr Blair, then I may even change my mind and think it is worth staying”
To have a Look at the Conservative Party European elections Manifesto go to: http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/European_Election_Manifesto.aspx