Spotlight on Claire Wright

Sincerity, determination, and smiles from the public, were the key impressions from tonight’s BBC Spotlight feature on East Devon’s Independent Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC), as she knocked on constituents’ doors. Claire spoke of the role of Independents able to act “without a Party Whip breathing down their neck”. In these times of diminished Party loyalty, that could be a vote winner….

‘Huge leap’ forward in fight to save Honiton day centre

Pullman’s View from Honiton reports, ‘Jackie Wadsworth founded the now fast-progressing project to bring day care for older people back to the town.’   Front page story here: HonitonViewFrom21stApril2015 .

Town Councillor Jackie, is also standing as an  Independent candidate for the District Council, with the East Devon Alliance who claim to be ‘Independents working for you’. We see what they mean!

Final full council meeting: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6.30 p.m.

Final full council meeting of the current council will be on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 6.30 pm at Knowle.


Agenda, which consists mostly of minutes of previous council committees and presentations to retiring councillors, is here:

Anyone attending might check that the old guard does not take this opportunity to make outrageous political statements or even decisions!

Methinks many more councillors will be leaving than those retiring!

Brilliant: half a million voters registered yesterday (but too late now)

The Electoral Commission said there have been 2,296,530 online applications to register to vote since its campaign began on 16 March. Of these, 707,171 applications were made by 16-24 year olds.

The previous record for single day sign-ups was 166,000 on 5 February – National Voter Registration Day. The third highest was 123,000 online applications on Sunday, 19 April – following David Cameron’s appearance on BBC’s Andrew Marr show. The next highest was 110,000 on Thursday, 16 April – the day of the BBC’s live election debate featuring the leaders of the five main opposition parties.

Research carried out in 2014 suggested that 7.5 million people eligible to vote were not on the electoral register.

Heaven or Hell?

Thanks to comedienne Jennifer Saunders Facebook page for this:

While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
Welcome to Heaven,’ says St. Peter.

‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven,’ says the MP.
‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it’s time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises….

The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit Heaven.’

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity.’

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down and so on down to hell.

When the doors open he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ‘ I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP.

‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? ‘

The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘ Yesterday we were campaigning.. 

Today you voted.

It gets worse for Tory Chairman Grant Shapps/Michael Green!

A parliamentary candidate for the Welwyn Hatfield constituency of Tory Party CO-Chairman Grant Shapps (aka “Michael Green”) has changed his name to Michael Green to stand agaInst Shapps.  

Shapps admitted last month that he did work as a web marketer under the alias Michael Green after entering Parliament and, when challenged said that he had been “over firm” in his denial!

Here is the official list of candidates:

On his website 

“Mr Green” (rumoured to be a famous comedian) says:

“Tory chairman Grant Shapps has been pretending to be ‘Michael Green’. Well my name really is Michael Green. And I’m pretty pissed off.

So I’ve decided to embarrass him by standing against him in his own constituency. That’s right: his secret pseudonym will be joining him on the ballot paper.”

Conservative Party Chairman “has Wikipedia account blocked” after investigation into “sock-puppetry”

Wikipedia has blocked a user account on suspicions that it is being used by the Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, “or someone acting on his behalf” to edit his own page along with the entries of Tory rivals and political opponents.

The online encylopedia, where pages are edited and created by readers, has tracked the changes made by a user called “Contribsx” who has systematically removed embarrassing references on Shapps’ Wikipedia page about the Tory chairman’s business activities as Michael Green, the self-styled millionaire web marketer.

A Guardian investigation found about a third of the contributions made by this user were to Shapps’ own Wikipedia entry while the rest are made up largely of unflattering changes to the online pages to senior political figures – including prominent figures in the Tory party such as Philip Hammond, Justine Greening and Lynton Crosby.

Wikipedia says that “sock-puppetry” – creating a fake online identity “for an improper purpose, such as to mislead other editors, disrupt discussions, distort consensus or avoid sanctions” – is not permitted.

It added that it had banned Contribsx and said any evidence of future attempts to cover the user’s tracks would be investigated immediately.

The site’s administrators, selected Wikipedia volunteers who patrol the site, told the Guardian that they “believe that the account Contribsx is a sockpuppet of Grant Shapps’ previous accounts on Wikipedia … and based on the evidence the account is either run by Shapps directly or being run by someone else – an assistant or a PR agency – but under his clear direction.” …..

Safe seats: today’s Rotten Boroughs

Hugo Swire sent a rather whining letter to the Express and Echo complaining that the Electoral Reform Society had made a mistake and so East Devon is NOT a marginal seat but a safe seat and it is HIS safe seat, so there!

Had he read on further in that post he would have seen them say this about safe seats:

“Safe seats are the 21st Century’s rotten boroughs. The average constituency last changed hands between parties in the 1960s, with some super safe seats having remained firmly in one-party control since the time of Queen Victoria.

The majority of seats can be predicted because of Westminster’s broken First Past the Post electoral system.

As consituencies are small and only elect one MP, rival parties often don’t stand a chance of winning in hundreds of seats across the UK. Even if they have significant support it counts of nothing if they lose. As the loss of safe seats is rare, parties target their resources on a small number of floating voters in marginal seats – meaning they give up on millions of voters across the country

You can find out how much parties spent on your vote here.