Entries by Darren

Lightning always strikes twice in the European Parliament

Lightning can indeed strike twice. Only last week, democracy was subverted by the European Parliament stitching up the vice-presidents to break the mould of the usual system. This week, they apply similar undemocratic tactics to the composition of Committees. In the European Parliament, the chairmanship (and vice-chairmanships) of a committee is allocated by strict formulas. […]

North East local election results

The First Past The Post system continues to make it difficult for UKIP to take Council seats across the North East, but UKIP fielded candidates in 102 of the 121 Council seats up for grabs this time.  A few key facts in these seats: UKIP won 2 seats, with a further 63 second-place finishes In […]

Thank you

Well here we are. After months of campaigning up and down the North East, dozens of public meetings, town centre Action Days, many hours spent knocking on doors and delivering leaflets, the day has finally arrived. Many will have already voted by post, and others will be voting today despite the rain. UKIP supporters are […]

Reason #0: Our predictions were correct

There’s just time for the 8th in my 7-part series of reasons for voting UKIP. I hadn’t planned or written an 8th piece, but figures out today demand it.   Today there’s one more reason for voting UKIP. At the end of last year, we highlighted the fact that from January 2014 we would have […]

Reason #1: Vote UKIP, Get UKIP

For over a decade, UKIP’s opponents have said that ‘a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote’. This time, opinion polls show that UKIP could not only take seats but win this year’s European elections. If you vote UKIP tomorrow, there’s a realistic chance that UKIP can win. Labour has always suggested that a vote […]

Reason #2: It’s just not democracy

In our Westminster Parliamentary democracy, our elected government and Parliament have power (or at least they did until we signed away the right to make 75% of our laws to Brussels). The government of the day decides what the laws should be, and the Civil Service is entrusted with the detailed drafting. Bills then go […]