So the Bastard Nazi Party have got a European Parliament seat in Yorkshire, and may well have one in the North West where I am. They have done this on a turnout of something around 43%. That means that, statistically, more than half of you reading this and eligible couldn’t be bothered to vote.
I didn’t think I had done very much campaigning in this election, but I did a couple of days of Hope Not Hate stuff, and I spent the whole of Thursday working for the Lib Dems. And believe me, it was fucking work, leafletting in that heat I walked so much my bus pass dissolved in my pocket and my legs were still aching this morning. I have a lot to say about the stuff I heard when doing telephone canvassing too – the utter, total lack of faith in the political system which has been brought about by decades of corrupt, authoritarian right-wing governments, which I’ll write about later. But practically no-one was out doing this.
On the days I did Hope Not Hate stuff there were maybe thirty or forty people doing it. On the election day there were eight doing active campaigning where I was (which is not to say there weren’t other Lib Dems campaigning in other areas – with it being a regional thing people were hitting target areas).
And I want to personally praise John Leech, the MP for Manchester Withington, to the skies – he was out there leafletting from five o’clock in the fucking morning when I didn’t drag my lazy arse out of bed til gone ten. He also gave various people lifts – while certain other MPs in nearby constituencies have chauffeurs, he was driving a bunch of us around in a tiny Mini that I had immense difficulty getting into and out of.
But the only election leaflets I got through the door this year were from the BNP and Greens, the only paid advertising posters I’ve seen were for racist UKIP (votes for whom I can at least understand, as they at least make a half-hearted go at pretending not to be racist). I’ve not seen a single person with a Tory or Labour poster in their window, and only one with the Lib Dems “Winning Here” diamonds (my friend Dave Page, so he’s one of the people exempted from the general ‘fuck you’ here).
Like I say, I didn’t do much to stop this happening – almost nothing, in fact. Just a couple of days’ work. But that’s a couple of days’ more work than almost anyone else, and fifty-six percent of you couldn’t even be bothered to put a cross in a box. You didn’t even have to go to a polling station to do it – you could have used a postal vote. And don’t tell me that on a ballot with twenty-odd parties on there’s not one you could have voted for.
Anyone I see claiming they’re upset, annoyed or sickened by the BNP getting a seat had *BETTER* have been out there actually doing something to stop them. Otherwise you’re part of the reason why my tax money will now be going to supporting a party that wants most – if not all – my friends and loved ones dead.
Were it not for the fact that innocents will be harmed because of this – seriously harmed – I’d say it serves you right to be getting incompetent thugs representing you (and indeed ‘representing’ me). But the money the BNP will get from the EU will be spent on things like defending party members who go out ‘Paki-bashing’. The BNP will now have a legal right to airtime on the BBC. This fucking matters.
So come on. What, if anything, did you do to stop this? And I don’t mean going #thebnparetwats on twitter, ho ho ho very amusing – what did you actually do? If you can’t answer that, then you’re at least as much to blame for this as the corrupt Labour and Tory politicians, or the fascists themselves…