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The thug Eric Joyce MP defends the thug Joey Barton. Who is surprised? Hands up…anyone? Anyone…?

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Everybody’s favourite criminal MP and everybody’s favourite MP who was first to claim over £1,000,000 in cumulative expenses are in fact the same person. So what has Eric Joyce done to make an appearance on my humble blog? Has he decided to give drink drinking another turn? Not this time. Has he decided he needed to headbutt a few more MPs? Not today. Has he claimed for more money in expenses the Isle of Wight GOP? Nah. This time he has decided that as a nation the fact we disapproved of Joey Barton elbowing someone, then kneeing someone then attempting to headbutt another before trying to assault yet more people is wrong. Joey Barton is just a footballer who got a bit passionate so we shouldn’t condemn him.

On his own website the disgraced criminal wrote a piece entitled ‘Joey Barton and a nation’s blind hysteria’ where he attacked those who condemned Joey Barton and basically said anyone who condemns him should look at the big picture. So using the same philosophy I assume he things we shouldn’t condemn him for drink driving and assault when there are mass-murderers out there. We should only tut and write bad words about those who do such egregious things that hell might be too comfortable of a place for them to hang out.

Let us quote from the word of Joyce:

I’ll tell you what. If you never want to go and watch a couple of dozen aggressive, supremely talented and justly well-paid athletes fight for your entertainment on a football pitch, then you may have a right to carp. But otherwise, extrapolating moral and ethical significance from a football match looks like your life might be a bit shite (see vicar, above) and your polemic sounds more like an existential cry for help.

I’ll tell you what criminal MP – my life might be a bit shite but I’m also not a convicted criminal so I’m one up on you (yes I know that is an easy lay-up but sometimes even the great ones miss them – see Dwayne Wade last night in the dying moments of the Heat v Pacers). I’ll also tell you another thing. Violence is violence no matter where it is. The only way that violence can be tolerated is if both parties agree to it. I don’t give two hoots if two idiots want to brawl in a back alley but I do not think anyone had asked Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero or Vincent Kompany if they actually wanted a dose of violence. For example in boxing both fighters do so that is fine but in football violence isn’t tolerated. Yes it is a contact sport with aggressive men but heck there are aggressive men on a Friday or Saturday night in any town – is that ok because people know they might be violent? Is it heck.

Eric Joyce has come across as a thug. Oh wait that is because he is one. Is he defending another thug? I think he might just very well be. I imagine most of us would agree that stubbing out a lit cigar in another person’s eye is the behaviour of a thug? Yes. Yes. Yes I think we would. Also anyone with a conviction for assault is a thug so we have safely labelled them both as what they are.

However lets have more from the word of Joyce:

Scotland’s journalists turn a blind-eye to the mess of Rangers FC, then go mental and turn it into the only story which matters here -and then preserve their right to express their own moral superiority through the medium of the excuse that they use to escape their wives/husbands for a few precious moments each week.

Is he mental? Scottish journalists have not turned a blind-eye to Rangers. So that is a lie. As for turning the Joey Barton story into a big deal – well do you know what – it kinda is. It is fair to make that a big story for 24 hours until the news cycle ticks over. I’m guessing Eric Joyce has never worked in the media industry because if he did then he would know how it worked but I’m not done with quoting from the word of Joyce because it is go crazy it deserves more ridicule:

Or, if people want to observe high moral values, they could go and watch the synod of the Church of England, or book a meeting with the Dalai Lama – the latter has some time on his hands these days, I understand. But what’s going on when people want to suspend all their normal value judgements when it comes to football? Politicians are carping about huge salaries but leaving out footballers; council-tax payers are preferring that their money is spent on propping up some crap local football team rather than granny’s care-home.

First of all what a wonderful cheap shot at the church and the Dalai Lama. Stay classy. As for the salaries of footballers – yes they are sky high and yes they do not deserve it but the issue is it is a free market. Philosophically I do not believe that people should not be able to earn as much as they desire. If football clubs are willing to pay stupid salaries then why shouldn’t the players take them? Footballers aren’t being paid by the state. Football Clubs are not in the public sector so I think the MP needs to understand the difference between the public and private sector – it isn’t the trickiest one to get your head around and as an MP you’d hope he’d be smart enough to make that distinction but it seems like he isn’t. Sad times.

His piece has one valid point. There are worse people than Joey Barton. However just because there are worse people than Joey Barton it doesn’t mean we should ignore his flaws.

Lastly he has replied to some of the comments on his blog and this one is a doozy.

Professional football is physical and aggressive; they’re not sitting in an office flicking paper at each other. Things come to the surface occasionally – that isn’t desirable per se but people are only human and that’s part and parcel of the game. There’s always going to be niggle off the ball; everyone knows that. As far as the flick of the head is concerned, Victor Company is clearly the aggressor (check the video).

Anyone who thinks that at any point you can defend assault because they are playing a physical and aggressive game is an idiot. Straight and to the point. Eric Joyce is an idiot or maybe a moron. I use moron a lot but maybe I should give it one more turn. Ok I will. Eric Joyce MP is a moron.

He ends that quote with a lie putting the blame at Victor Company who wasn’t even on the pitch. I don’t even know who he is. I know of a Vincent Kompany who plays for Manchester City but the guy he is talking about. I have no idea. When he can’t even get a name right – either the first or surname you have to wonder as to his IQ level but maybe we shouldn’t – he’s just a common criminal who happens to be an MP. As for saying ‘Company’ is clearly the aggressor then we get what Joyce thinks – bad words deserve a physical act of violence in retaliation. If that is what he thinks (which it clearly is) then I feel for the people of Falkirk. I know the old adage of you can put a red rosette on a monkey and get them elected in certain areas but in that constituency it seems like as long as you say you are Labour you can be a despicable low-life criminal and they’ll still vote for you as long as you have that rosette.

It makes me cry it really does.

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May 16th, 2012 at 11:17 am

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Reasons why the people who comment on the Daily Mail website articles are morons #298

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Yesterday we saw the Williams Formula One team return to the top step of the podium for the first time in nearly a decade. It was a joyous moment but around an hour and 15 minutes later fire engulfed the Williams Pit Garage. Happily no-one has died although several people are in hospital. It was a ferocious fire and if you haven’t seen it then here is a video of the incident from Sky Sports (well until the F1 management get the video taken off of YouTube anyway):

So anyway this morning I was googling for more news on this and I read all the reports in the national papers and decided to read the worst rated comments in the Daily Mail and boy they are pretty bad…

Oh, come on, DM! People are NOT taken to hospital “for smoke inhalation”. It’s not a form of therapy that most doctors would prescribe…I think we can safely say moron to that can’t we?

Gee, I wonder why that happened? Europeans are always so quick to carry themselves as so much more sophisticated than the rest of world, when really they are just more passive/aggressive. In other words, arson. Yeah it was arson. That is the most obvious explanation… – Moron.

Wonder if the winning car got damaged in the fire? Won’t be able to see any possibly illegal modifications now!Yeah Williams would risk countless lives just to protect an illegal car. Moron. Oh and the fact the winning car was in Perc Ferme so wasn’t in the garage but why let facts get in the way of an ill-informed comment? (A Daily Mail special there)

Glad no-one was seriously hurt but was probably the most exciting moment in what must be the most turgidly boring sport on earth !A fire that caused millions of pounds of damage and endangered many lives exciting? I think that is worth a moron slur.

And they say F1 has become boring …LOL.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Do you think this guy got his OL’s mixed up a la the Prime Minister? Even if not he’s a big moron.

Shorts and tee shirts is not the best PPE to tackle a fire. I thought these people had to wear protective fire suits. Why weren’t they? Looked like chaos.Toughest one to call a moron yet but she just gets into the club. Of course shorts and t-shirts are not the best way to tackle a fire but what do you expect them to do? Go and get changed and then come back later when the fire has taken hold of the whole paddock? If you had a fire in your living room would you attack it with whatever you were wearing or would you go and get changed and come back later when you were fully prepared? These guys are trained and they used their training to get the fire out as quickly as possible. They did a tremendous job. As for wearing fireproof overalls – they do in the race but the race had long since finished but something just sparked up. Fire officers don’t wear fireproof overalls at home in case a fire randomly starts up…

I think Williams were lucky twice todayThey won the race fair and square so why were they lucky there? They were lucky no-one was more seriously injured though so I grant you that however still a moron.

the most exciting thing that has happened in F1 for years .. the race was as usual like watching paint drying .. I still watch it hoping for something to happen but didn’t expect them to set fire to the pits! glad no one was seriously hurtSo this guy thinks F1 is boring and yet still watched the race as he felt confident enough to proclaim the race was like watching paint drying. If he doesn’t like it he isn’t forced to watch. This is why he’s a moron as he’s unable to command a remote control.

Now Williams will be disqualified for unsafe practices and ,surprise, surprise…ALONSO / FERARRI WIN.Seriously? Moron.

So there we have it. A collection of thoughts from Daily Mail readers about a horrific accident that only resulted in a few relatively minor casualties when it could very easily have been many times worse.

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May 14th, 2012 at 11:33 am

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Lib Dems tell Southend Tories to clean up their own mess

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Following on from an earlier post the Lib Dems in Southend have issued the following Press Release which I have re-posted ad verbatim. Make of it what you wish:

Lib Dems tell Southend Tories to clean up their own mess

Southend Liberal Democrats Council Group told the Tories today that they must take responsibility for clearing up their own mess and refused to join what would be an unstable bid to seize control of Southend Council.

Cllr. Graham Longley, leader of the LibDem group said that the Tories had not been beaten out of sight in the local elections but had been sent a warning by Southend’s electorate that they needed to pull their socks up and improve the way they were running the town or they would suffer the full consequences in the elections in two years time.

The LibDem group had decided that the best course of action for the Town was to abstain from the election for leader today which was effectively being turned into a personality contest between the Conservative and Independent leaders but made it clear that their members were free to act independently if they wished to. This was not the time for gesture politics by the Independents or others he said.

Abstaining did not mean that the Lib Dems did not want to see change but the numbers making up the groups (Tory 25, LibDem 10, Independent 10, Labour 6) which would need the three opposition groups to join together for a majority of 1 (one) which would leave the council in an unstable situation which would be bad for our town. A Tory lead minority administration where decisions could be challenged and the Tories held to account would be better for the Town and allow all other parties to have a say. The Tories had to accept that they would need to involve people of all parties in running our Town and not cling to a tight grip on the towns development themselves.

Cllr Longley went on to say that leaving the Tories in control would be a disappointment to some but the low turnout (30%) in the local elections were inconclusive and although the Lib Dems and other parties had done well the number of changes were not high enough to allow significant changes to the way the council was administered. Lib Dems will be keeping a close watch on the Tory’s and looking for major concessions on the way the town is run.

This is a realistic approach to achieve stable local government for the town at the same time as forcing the Tories to clear up their own mess and involve others in our town.

ENDS.

I must say that the moment Dr. Vel abstained it put the Lib Dems in a tricky situation as even had they voted en masse for Ron Woodley the casting vote would have still gone the other way. Also the Tories running the show but not being able to push through everything and listening to the other members in the chamber is probably in reality a more realistic probably than the Labour, Lib Dem and Independent groups all working cohesively together.

However as I said earlier. Perception and reality are two very different things…

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May 10th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

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I guess I wanted you more…

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This has all the signs of being a teenage emo type post but I can assure you that it isn’t. Yesterday I was watching the final of The Voice USA I had recorded the previous night on a friends TV in New York whilst he was on holiday in Utah climbing mountains probably with his wife (have I ever said just how amazing technology is?) but anyway in the final (which my girl Juliet Simms did not win – no justice) a band called Lady Antebellum played their latest single ‘Wanted You More’ and I just thought it was quite wonderful.

I have printed the lyrics below and I think they are quite striking and would hit home for many people, those who are in relationships or have been where they have felt they care more for their partner than vice versa. Relationships are funny things – or so I’m told anyway – and no doubt they are difficult at the best of times but when one partner needs or feels more than the other – yikes.

Anyway you can read and listen deeply to the lyrics or you can just sit back and enjoy. I chose the latter but I’m not one to tell people what to do (unless they are biting polo mints – seriously DPM…?)

Live on The Voice

Single version

I kept waiting on a reason
And a call that never came
No I never, saw it comin’
Somethin’ in you
Must have changed

All the words unspoken
Promises broken
I cried for so long.
Wasted too much time
Should have seen the signs.
Now I know, just what went wrong

I guess I wanted you more
And looking back now I’m sure
I wanted you more
I guess I wanted you more

All the nights we spent just talkin’
Of the things we wanted out of life (out of life)
Makin’ plans and dreams together
I wish I’d seen I was just too blind
My heart was open
Exposed and hoping
For you to lay it on the line
But in the end it seemed
There was no room for me
Still I tried, to change your mind.

I guess I wanted you more
And looking back now I’m sure
I wanted you more
I guess I wanted you more

Ohhh, I don’t need you
I don’t need you anymore

I guess I wanted you more
And looking back now I’m sure
I wanted you more
I guess I wanted you more

I don’t need you
I don’t need you anymore

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May 10th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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Lib Dems and Dr. Vel allow Tories to retain control of Southend Council

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Today was the day when Southend Council voted on a new leader after last weeks election took the Tories out of a majority. The logical conclusion would be the Tories forming a minority government at the Civic Centre with the help of one or two independents but things didn’t exactly go down like that. The local rag reports the story behind this link

The choices were simple. Either independent Ron Woodley leading a coalition of independents, Lib Dems and Labour or Nigel Holdcroft leading a minority Tory government. There were no other names on the table. The 25 Tories voted for the Tory in a move that probably didn’t shock anyone. Labour all voted for Ron Woodley. All the independents voted with Ron Woodley bar one – Dr Vel – who in a move that shocked no-one abstained as deep down he’s a fan of the Tories despite being a former Labour councillor. This meant the scores on the doors were 25-15 with ten Lib Dems to vote. What would the Lib Dems do?

Nine of them would join Dr Vel in abstaining with only Ric Morgan voting for Ron Woodley. This means that Holdcroft carries on in the top job and forms a minority government using the cabinet system. Has he done a deal with the Lib Dems to give one of the cabinet portfolios to the Lib Dems? That I don’t know. We’ll find that out imminently.

What it does do is once more is show the Lib Dems as a party who are unwilling to challenge the Tories at a local level. Yes with Dr. Vel abstaining then the vote could have only gone 25-25 and then it would have come down to the mayor’s casting vote. The mayor is Labour up til now when Conservative Sally Carr takes over the position so the casting vote would have gone the way of the Tories and Holdcroft.

So it may be possible that due to Dr. Vel not voting for one of his own group it meant that no matter what the Lib Dems did they couldn’t stop Holdcroft today. When it comes out in the wash it might be the best thing for the Lib Dems in Southend but looking from the outside in you have to wonder. The perception is awful and the Lib Dems will get all the blame for propping up the Tories even though had Dr. Vel not abstained then it would have meant the Lib Dems votes actually mattered.

We’ll see how it all shakes out but the average voter will not care about Dr. Vel’s abstention as they’ll only see the Lib Dems letting the Tories get away with it. Someone no matter the reality the perception will always be the thing that resonates with voters. More on this as the cabinet appointments shake out etc…

One last thing. Here is one of the comments on the Echo’s story:

lol i dint evan bothervoteing dont see the point in wasting my time lol so basicly the toris lost power but got it straite back so everyone ho voted lose hahahah just like who the hell voted for a colition goverment did you did i no??? so they take it up on theres selfs lol its funny we are being controlled wake up lol we have no say in anything we are sheep bahhhh bahhh

I just don’t know what to say…

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May 10th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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Nick Clegg bites his polos. Time for a new leader?

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You might think it is a wee bit dramatic but during the #clegginar this afternoon whilst stealing one of Helen Duffett’s polo mints we were treated to a quite clear crunch as he bit the mint instead of sucking it. This is a worrying state of affairs as everyone knows that the best way to enjoy a polo mint is to suck it and soften it up.

So what have we learnt from this revelation? Well first Nick clegg probably has pretty good teeth. He may even bite on hard candy and not soften that up. This isn’t known at this juncture but if true it might be more newsworthy than Vladimir Putin’s photo shoot showing off his bare chest. Imagine if Nick Clegg is that hard he bites on hard candy. If that doesn’t get people to vote for him then I don’t know what would but that is a big step from biting polos but we’ll see.

I have an inherent distrust of people with certain characteristics. Those that eat mushrooms. Those that enjoy mushrooms. Those that would happily order a dish at a restaurant whose primary ingredient is mushrooms. I think you might catch my drift that I’m not entirely down with mushrooms. They are fungus people and have a hideous smell and look worse than I do after I’ve done five minutes of exercise. All the signs are there to warn people but yet some people just won’t be told.

Back to the polo thing and Nick Clegg. I don’t think this is such a big thing that ‘m going to withdraw my support for him but these are the little things that Lib Dems really care about. Gay Marriage, House of Lords reform, Act of Succession changes, how their leader eats his stolen polo mints. These are the things that might define Nick Clegg’s place in history. The economy, students, welfare reform, the NHS are all secondary.

In all seriousness the web conference with Nick Clegg this afternoon was worth listening to and although none of the overly critical questions got through it did show Clegg in his best light – when he is allowed to talk unfiltered. His passion for the Pupil Premium and Social Mobility are clear for all to see if they listen with an open ear and not a closed mind. This is why I always defend Nick Clegg from people who say that he is a Tory in Lib Dem clothing. Nick’s passions, the things that make his fires burn are liberal ones and not Conservative ones. That is who Nick Clegg is.

Is he perfect? Hell no but I’m just hypothesising here but I don’t think he has the easiest job in the world. Most political commentators say that the Lib Dems are having a disproportionate say in how the country is being run. The people on the doorstep think the polar opposite. It is one of those strange things that seems to be the case. Tories are moaning left, right and centre about the Lib Dem influence but the electorate think that the Lib Dems are propping up a Tory government in exchange for a few ministerial cars. The disparity between the political commentators and the electorate is vast.

This is the biggest problem facing the Lib Dems as a party. They have few bigger challenges as part of the government and in running the country but looking inward they have to get people to realise the influence they do have. This obviously isn’t an easy question to answer. It is in fact an extremely difficult question to answer but if someone can find an answer to that question then I think we’ll be fine.

So for now despite his polo mishap I’m still sticking with Nick, however Nick please start sucking your polos and when you leave I expect/hope that any future leader is far more normal when it comes to sticking a small mint with a hole into their mouths.

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May 10th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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‘I’d govern like a true Tory if it wasn’t for the Lib Dems’

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David Cameron himself is saying that the Lib Dems are holding him back from being as Tory as he wants to be. He says that the Lib Dems are curbing him. However everyone thinks that the Lib Dems are helping him run the most right-wing government in history. Either Cameron is more right wing that Thatcher on acid or maybe that rhetoric is just lazy media and political bluster.

Here is the top of the Daily Mail today:

Daily Mail David Cameron

Daily Mail 9/2/12

If Lib Dems don’t use this in Focuses over the next couple of years then Focus editors are dumb. It was kinda nice for the PM to write our headlines for us…

The Lib Dems are making a difference. People might not think they are doing a lot but when the PM is making it clear that he wants to do so much more just holding him and his party back is quite an accomplishment for the Lib Dems. Yes as a Lib Dem I’d love to have more influence but for what 57 MPs the party are doing well to keep Cameron and Osbourne on a leash that won’t let them stray too far too the right. If we had let the leash go in May 2010 then who knows where we’d be right now?

Now is the time that the Lib Dems need to make it clear that they are not just underwriting the Tories. The economy is the number one priority and always will be but there are other issues and as long as the two parties can sing from the same hymn sheet on the economy then everything else can be openly and honestly debated.

It’s all fun n games isn’t it?

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May 9th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

If you like Space and time lapse videos of the wonders of space watch this – The Jupiter and Venus show by Phil Hart

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I must say this is one of the most beautiful videos I have ever seen. I’ll let Phil introduce and set up the video in his own words:

In early 2012 I spent nine weeks based in Canada’s Yukon Territory on the biggest astronomy and photography adventure I’ve ever tackled. The primary reason for going all the way up to the Yukon was of course to photograph the northern lights. But the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter in February/March provided a nice sideshow. So consider this a teaser video before I can produce something more from the three and half terabytes of aurora timelapse footage that I captured.

Just sit back – hit the full screen logo on the video and enjoy what you are about to see because I am not sure there are words in the English language to describe just how I feel about this video.

I know I cannot wait for the full version to come out. It has the potential to be just wondrous. I am sitting here in complete awe.

You can read a full explanation by the man himself on his own blog.

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May 8th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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Juliet Simms – She has ‘The Voice’

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Away from local politics life goes on and I’ve been watching The Voice. Not only in the UK but also the American version and on the American version they have discovered a real talent. Step forward Miss Juliet Simms. The final is tonight and here are the videos of her performances so far:

Juliet Simms – Oh Darlin’

Juliet Simms – Roxanne

Juliet Simms – Cryin’

Juliet Simms – Torn

Juliet Simms – It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World

I am in total love with this girl. It is the best voice I have heard on any of these shows and it is not even close. I hope she wins and actually goes on to have a career as her voice is quite superb.

I just wanted to share with y’all a bit of Juliet Simms…

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May 7th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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Thoughts on the night Southend-on-Sea Borough Council went from blue to grey

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I’ll deal with my embarrassing and pathetic result again another time but this blog will just be about the other races and thoughts on the results from across the borough.

Let us start with the races that weren’t even races. Chalkwell, Eastwood Park, Leigh, Shoeburyness, Thorpe, Victoria and West Leigh all went comfortably as expected elected Tory, Tory, Lib Dem, Indy, Indy, Labour and Tory councillors respectively. None of these results were ever in too much doubt.

St. Laurence saw the Lib Dems attacking for the only time in the borough and they gave Mark Flewitt a bit of a scare before going down by 153 votes. The two seats the Lib Dems were defending in real battles (Leigh was always comfortable) they just about got home as Mary Betson won in Prittlewell by 73 votes from the Tories but the UKIP’s 589 votes may well have saved the seat for Mary Betson. I was out and about in Prittlewell on Thursday knocking on doors and getting the Lib Dem vote out and this victory makes me happy as Mary is both a good egg and a bloody good councillor. I think Prittlewell should be happy with their three councillors not just because they are all Lib Dem but that they are three good councillors.

Up the road in Blenheim Park Graham Longley – who never eases to victory scrapped home by 24 votes from the Tories – again quite probably thanks to the strong UKIP vote which would have taken away from the Tory. So all in all a solid night for the Lib Dems although the peripherals do not look great.

Over in West Shoebury the Tory Liz Day got home but UKIP really got close as they were within 100 votes of taking the seat. UKIP have seriously affected the make-up of Southend Council thanks to fielding candidates in Blenheim Park and Prittlewell but they really got close to taking a seat over in West Shoebury.

The general consensus was that Labour would win in Kursaal and Anne Jones duly delivered by 118 over the standing Tory councillor. Southchurch was one of three seats the Tories were attacking in and after failure over in Blenheim Park and Prittlewell, the party got their lone gain in Southchurch as they took it from the independents, who were putting up a new candidate. Claire Bibby fell 51 votes short which disappointed me as in my brief chat with her she seemed like a lovely lass.

My seat of Westborough was tight at the top (not so much at the bottom – *small tear* – but Dr Vel held on against Kevin Robinson and Labour. The low turn-out here I think crushed Kevin as had the turnout been 25%+ then I truly believe Kevin would’ve taken it as no doubt those loyal to Dr Vel would go out even in the shabby conditions more than those loyal to Labour. Obviously a nice day would have brought out all my supporters. Going after all those allergic to rain was my downfall – *yet another small tear*

So as things stand the Tories have a majority of five so the three remaining seats all need to go against them. The Tories are defending them all…

We’ll start in St. Lukes where former Lib Dem Brian Ayling swept to victory an as independent. Last year (as a proposed Lib Dem candidate) he wanted to make an electoral pact with the Indy’s where he told all Lib Dems to vote Indy last year and then this the Indy’s would repay the favour. Well this year he was an Indy and waltzed in. The defending Tories were third behind Labour as well.

So now we are down to two. Belfairs was next up and the Tories held this in 2008 but the Tory councillor was kicked out of the party a few weeks back for apparently so says the talk on the floor of the count not having gone to any Tory meetings in eons. He always towed the party line in votes but never participated in meetings. So he stood as an Indy and took the seat by 73 votes. The fact the English Democrats scored as many votes as the Lib Dems here sickens me to my soul but such is life.

It all came down to my new best friend (after a brief ten second conversation at the count) Julian Ware-Lane and could he win Milton to give the Tories a bit of a headache and make the next few days at the Civic Centre a bit more interesting. He could and came home by 67 votes to end the Tories hopes of keeping majority power. The Lib Dems absolutely crushed the English Democrats here though by a whole vote. Yeah take that…

The non-Tories could gang together and govern but the likelihood is surely the Tories will run the council as a minority relying on one or two independents to get them home in any votes but we’ll see how it shakes out.

With no elections in 2013 it’ll be two years before the people of Southend vote again on the make-up of the Civic Centre. The budget is going to be squeezed even harder next year and the people of Southend will not be happy whatever happens but that is just the way it is. Is it the start of a labour resurgence in Southend? That I doubt. If the independents really could find some finance and some strong candidates they could actually take control of the council within the decade. Only the real western wards are safe from the Indy’s.

So how will it all shake out? We’ll see over the next few days…

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May 6th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

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