Batley and Spen by-election
My feeling was that Labour would lose, and quite possibly come third. I was not correct. Labour won narrowly or, as they say on the racecourse, “by a neck, cleverly”.
Labour got a vote-share of 35.3%. The Conservative candidate got 34.4%. George Galloway, under the banner of the Workers’ Party, did better than many expected (21.9%); I got that right, at least.
All other candidates, 13 in number, lost their deposits: LibDems 3.3%; Yorkshire Party 2.2%; 10 of the other 11 received vote-shares below half of one percent each. UKIP, on 0.4%, just beat the Monster Raving Loony (0.3%).
The English Democrats, whose candidate, Therese Hirst, wrote to my blog comments page to request a mention on this blog, came 6th, with 0.55%.
The small and supposedly “nationalist” parties were, as expected, an embarrassment.
The For Britain party leader, Anne Marie Waters, got 0.3% (97 votes). Jayda Fransen did even worse, though (like Ms. Waters) on a par with her previous forays into doomed electioneering: 0.1% (50 votes). [nb. percentages approximate].
So where to start? Firstly, by noting that the Labour Party’s winning candidate, on 35.3%, not only did worse than any previous Labour candidate in the constituency but also worse than the winning Conservative Party candidate in the first election held for the seat, in 1983 (39.6%).
Leaving aside the rigged 2016 by-election, Labour has gone down steadily in the constituency since 2017: 55.5%, 42.7%, 35.3%.
This does not somehow “save Labour”. The present Government still has a Commons majority of 80, and could in theory be in place until December 2024. Labour still has very little likelihood of being able to form even a minority government after that time. If Scotland were to pull away from the UK, Labour would be in permanent and declining Opposition; even without that, Labour has no future as a party of government.
Other points: Labour and Kim Leadbeater ran a very dishonest campaign, even delivering contradictory leaflets to different streets (depending on the race/nationality of the inhabitants). She evaded the issue of the schoolteacher driven from his home and job by Islamist zealots, for example.
The new MP is already on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme yapping about “people living side by side“, diversity etc etc. Another puppet MP. Useless for the people who elected her.
As for Batley’s chances of getting central government assistance now, forget it. The locals must be a pretty stupid lot. They have elected a communitarian drone whose economic knowledge stops at spouting nonsense about “magic money trees”…
The Conservatives ran a lily-livered campaign, which seemed cunning but ultimately fell flat. The candidate deliberately shunned publicity (I thought, though I am judging from hundreds of miles away). The noise was all about Kim Leadbeater and George Galloway.
I thought that Galloway might get more than 20%, and I was right in that. 21.9%. He must be pleased with such a result.
As far as social nationalism is concerned, there was no social-national candidate, just absurd one-trick-pony candidates playing at politics. Anne Marie Waters and, even less credible, Jayda Fransen.
Labour continues to be the party of, mainly, the blacks and browns, publicly-paid employees and a few other groups. It is less than ever the party of (most of) the white English.
Other points? Well, the pathetic LibDem result was par for the course. Since the 2010 upsurge, the LibDems have lost their deposits in all Westminster elections contested by them at Batley and Spen.
Turnout, at 47.6%, was not especially low for a by-election.
About 73% of those who voted, voted for a System party. Over half of those eligible to vote abstained from voting. So about two-thirds of the entire eligible electorate either voted non-System, or decided not to vote at all.
A tweet which shows not only how out of touch many Twitter-twits are (where has she been since 2010? Was she in outer space in 2019?), but how mutually-isolated are different socio-political “tribes” in the UK.
Good point. Until the seat is abolished, the Batley and Spen electorate will be represented at Parliament by a communitarian System drone with not an interesting or original thought in her head, dragging down £200,000 p.a. in pay and expenses, and accomplishing nothing, while the voters of Batley moulder in poverty and despair.
Political joke Paul Mason opines…in fact, he is right about the two “leaders” that he mentions in his tweet. Social nationalism in terms of electoral politics is scarcely even a bad joke; The two ladies together got only 147 votes at the Batley and Spen by-election, scarcely 0.3% of the total vote. One vote for about every 300 cast. Embarrassing.
Mason is not right about “terror networks” of what he would call, no doubt, “the far right”. They do not even exist, as far as I know anyway. Young men buying samurai swords, young women having swastika-shaped cookie-cutters, and people talking big in pubs, do not constitute a “terror threat”…
As for Mason’s “danger…online“, what he means is that people might be able to persuade other people to a certain viewpoint online. Mason hates free speech, so calls that a “danger”…
“John Smith” gives an accurate, if ungrammatical, riposte to sex pest communitarian grasper Brendan Cox, who thinks that it is worth trashing the UK if a few blacks become England-team footballers.
More tweets seen
The “panicdemic” is such an exercise in applied psychology that dictators, oppressive political regimes, and academic scribblers will probably be using its lessons for decades, and maybe for hundreds of years, rather like the 20thC Chinese techniques called (I believe) hsi nao, or “wash brain”, taken up by the West since the Korean War as “brainwashing”: see the 1963 book, Techniques of Persuasion, by J.A.C. Brown. I once had a copy, bought by me at my school book fair in, I think, 1971.
Such techniques were intriguing to film-makers, and have continued to be. Early examples would include The Manchurian Candidate and The Ipcress File.
Those films focussed on individual subjects, but there is of course “brainwashing” or, more accurately, “conditioning”, of whole masses of people, whether at schools (Eton might be a good example), or during Army training, to take two obvious situations.
Recent studies have concluded that, if people are exposed to fear propaganda for months, they lose the ability to resist it even if logical, rational and credible counter-messages are then delivered to them. Put simply, emotion trumps thought, usually.
Think back to the initial panic about “the virus”, in early Spring, 2020. TV news showing shuttered towns in Italy and elsewhere, the population only allowed to take walks alone or as couples, not interacting with others at all. Curfews. Harsh methods of enforcement (particularly in the part of China where the virus supposedly just appeared as if out of nowhere).
In the UK, we have seen how even the shambolic government regime presided over by Boris-idiot applied ever-stricter laws, “rules”, “guidance” etc (which the police enforced as if all had the force of law).
Police chiefs wanting to check people’s shopping to see whether the items had been “reasonable” purchases! That caused a kefuffle because the regime had tried to impose such repression too early, before the fear propaganda had fully taken hold.
Other examples included police vandalizing beauty spots in the Peak District lest people walk to them, other police (the hopeless police of Derbyshire were arguably the worst) using drones and loudhailers to bully elderly couples walking on the hills, miles from anywhere; in Wales, some farmer and his wife, hysterical (and again calling police) because two people from elsewhere were camping overnight on a nearby hill! “They might spread Covid!“, the pathetic idiots cried and whined (to the newspaper and TV reporters who were, unmolested, also there!).
Shops and other businesses were closed down for months, the employees’ anger largely forestalled or bought off by “furlough” payments. Result: the UK has spent £300 BILLION.
It is said “no matter, interest rates are almost zero”. In that case, why did the UK governments of the part-Jews David Cameron-Levita, Theresa May, and “Boris” Johnson apply so-called “austerity” for a decade, causing a huge amount of misery, in order to “save” far less than the sums now wasted for no good reason? Why was a huge investment in infrastructure not undertaken? Instead, vast amounts have been spent on paying the population to sit at home eating delivered pizza, watching TV, and drinking.
Then came the facemask nonsense. Large-scale trials which showed that facemasks (except the kind used in laboratories) were of minimal utility (and also caused other health problems) were ignored. The Government mandated facemasks (often little more than cloth muzzles or quasi-scarfs) in shops etc. Mandated them on pain of a heavy fine.
At first, up to mid-2020, both the UK Government and the World Health Organization [WHO] disparaged the use of facemasks, but later came under political pressure to change their advice, which is what happened.
The World Economic Forum [WEF] openly proclaimed how wonderful the “panicdemic” was as a driver to start a “Great Reset” of the world.
Well, now we are 18 months on, and the UK public, at least the majority, have shown themselves to be malleable pawns, without any regard for the freedoms won over centuries. One sees many wearing their facemasks even in their own cars, or while walking on windswept clifftops etc. Do they know that they have been brainwashed? Do they even care?
I think that it was the popular music group, Pink Floyd, in the early 1970s, maybe on Dark Side of the Moon, who had a track in which they sang that “…quiet desperation is the English way“. That might have to be changed, these days, to something like “spineless compliance, and apathy, is the English way”…
Meanwhile, we hear that 50,000 or 60,000 people have died in the UK “within 28 days of a positive test” (until recently, it was “from Covid”…), though (what a shock…) apparently no-one at all has died of flu for 18 months in the UK! Incidentally, if someone “tests positive” (often because the tests are flawed), even if having no symptoms, then weeks later dies in a car crash…yes, that’s right…that person “dies within 28 days of a positive test”!
The brainwashed nature of the population can be seen in the relative lack of anger or even questioning at the incongruity. Suddenly, instead of tens of thousands of deaths from influenza etc, there is substituted “deaths from Covid”, but most people are still, even now, obeying the so-called “laws”, “rules” etc. Even though their rational minds must know that this is a kind of scam on a vast scale.
Again, every day now we are seeing such as “today, 20,000 people tested positive”, followed by “and three people died within 28 days…(etc)”
In the UK, the msm has been totally compliant to the wishes of the State. In the msm and the “corridors of power”, only a few independent minds have stood up against the propaganda lies. Peter Hitchens [on Twitter as @clarkemicah] was one. Former Law Lord, Jonathan Sumption, was another. See https://twitter.com/SumptionUpdates.
About 1 out of 1,000 in the UK has died supposedly “of” or “with” or “within 28 days of a test”. Some people claim, speciously, 1 out of 500. Even so, this was never a nation-breaking pandemic. In the wider world, about 1 person has died out of every 4,000 people.
Inmates at the American concentration camp at Guantanamo were forced to wear facemasks nearly 20 years ago. To break them, not to save them from infection. Think about it.
We are facing an attempt, starting in 2022, to implement a new stage of the New World Order conspiracy. Various campaigns are part of that: Covid-19 “measures”, “Black Lives Matter” nonsense, fake “environmental” measures, “anti-racism” campaigns etc.