Non-story of the week

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

I have a great deal of respect for Iain Dale, I really do. He supports the wrong party but he’s carved a career out of political commentating largely thanks to his blog and, of course, he’s shown impeccable taste in giving me awards for the last two years on the trot. 😉

However, this is the non-story of the week and I very much doubt it would have even warranted a mention had the man in question been a Liebour candidate and not a Conswervative.

Basically, a black man is standing as an MP for the Conswervatives in Chippenham, Wiltshire. A BNP councillor who lives in the same constituency is also standing as an MP for the BNP. The Conswervative candidate says that the BNP councillor is only standing because he (the Conswervative, not the BNP councillor) is black. The BNP councillor says it’s nothing to do with his colour, it’s because it’s the constituency he lives in.

Regular readers will know that although I defend the BNP’s right to exist because they are a lawful party, I despise the party itself. There appears to be nothing other than the word of his opponent to suggest that the BNP councillor has chosen to stand for election in Chippenham simply because the Conswervatives have put up a black candidate. Iain, unfortunately, has a worsening habit of bigging up non-stories to promote the Conswervatives. Not that Mr Emmanuel-Jones needs any more publicity, he’s rather conveniently got himself all over a national newspaper in the run-up to the May elections.

It turns out that the Conswervative candidate is actually from Devon and that the BNP candidate is actually the local candidate according to a comment in Iain’s post.

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One comment

  1. Dave H (9 comments) says:

    So we have a Tory from Devon trying to represent Chippenham in Wiltshire complaining because the local BNP puts up a local candidate to face him. A non story indeed, much as I despise the BNP, it would only be newsworthy if they’d put up a non white candidate to face the Tories.

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