Tuesday, 1 July 2008

DD and the 24 pygmies

Something distinctly odd is happening in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, sparked off by David Davis’s impulsive decision to resign his seat over the ‘42 days’ issue.

Although he has since broadened his campaign to embrace other important civil liberties matters of great concern to the electorate, the government has ostentatiously declined to run a candidate against him, dismissing his stance as a ‘stunt’. The LibDems are not running against him because they support his position. The only other mainstream party to run a candidate is the Greens, who are putting themselves forward as being sounder on civil liberties than Davis himself is.

However, there are no fewer than 24 other candidates. Here is the full list:

  • Grace Christine Astley - Independent
  • David Laurence Bishop - Church of the Militant Elvis Party
  • Ronnie Carroll - Make Politicians History
  • Mad Cow-Girl - The Official Monster Raving Loony Party
  • David Craig - Independent
  • Herbert Winford Crossman - Independent
  • Tess Culnane - National Front Britain for the British
  • Thomas Faithful Darwood - Independent
  • David Michael Davis - Conservative
  • Tony Farnon - Independent
  • Eamonn "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick - Independent
  • Christopher Mark Foren - Independent
  • Gemma Dawn Garrett - Miss Great Britain Party
  • George Hargreaves - Christian Party
  • Hamish Howitt - Freedom 4 Choice
  • David Icke - No party listed
  • John Nicholson - Independent
  • Shan Oakes - Green Party
  • David Pinder - The New Party
  • Joanne Robinson - English Democrats: Putting England First
  • Jill Saward - Independent
  • Norman Scarth - Independent
  • Walter Edward Sweeney - Independent
  • Christopher John Talbot - Socialist Equality Party
  • John Randle Upex - Independent
  • Greg Wood - Independent

While I haven’t read these peoples’ election manifestos, most of them would appear to be distinctly unserious, and one pauses to wonder why so many are prepared to risk a lost deposit.

Could it possibly be that some of the battle-hungry 25 are covert government supporters, drafted in to distract the electors from the important issues DD is raising, and to turn the by-election into the ‘farce’ which ZaNu Labour claims it to be?

Just a thought.


ben trovato said...

Alas, I am not qualified to vote in this election. If I were, I would plump for Ms Garrett, because I shall certainly not miss [no longer] Great Britain if it continues down ZanuLabour's road to ruin.

I hesitated over Mad Cow-Girl, but on reflection decided there are already quite enough of her type on the government front bench.

Merkin said...

Excuse me, Dear Anti, I am the Scottish representative for The Church of the Militant Elvis and can assure you that Lord Biro would make a fine member of parliament.


If you want to see who is actually trying to queer the pitch, look no further than this thread.


We were on to it weeks ago.

anticant said...

My difficulty with that is that I've always experienced Elvis as flatulent rather than militant.

Jose said...

LOL. My laughter is spontaneous, believe me.

Merkin said...

You may be right, Anti!!
Still, he gives a voice to the amateur anarchist.

zola a social thing said...

Anticant adores the postmodern, really !

anticant said...

Any more cracks like that, Zola, and I'll set Mad Cow-Girl onto you!

zola a social thing said...

Anticant : Seen it nicked it and spent it already.
What I am after is Jills Award or was it.....
Ah dunno.

seaman tickle said...

Perhaps you would explain what this unserious thing is all about?


The same issue is with the irrational as differing from the non-rational vis-a-vis the rational.

We expect more from the "Serious Anticant"!!!!!!