Fear And Loathing In Yorkshire
"I am the one in ten
A number on a list
I am the one in ten
Even though I don`t exist
Nobody knows me
Even though i`m always there
A statistic, a reminder
Of a world that doesn`t care"
UB40's song was about life on the dole queue, but it rather apt to apply it to the voting in the Euro Elections here in Yorkshire that returned BNP candidate Andrew Brons as one of the MEP's for the Yorkshire & Humber region.
The BNP polled 9.8 % of the vote in a very poor turnout, voter apathy seemed the order of the day here where only 32% of the electorate bothered to turn out to vote, people, your apathy disgusts me, and it has helped to elect a BNP MEP.
All three of the major parties, the Conservatives included, lost voter share in the Euro elections with the smaller parties all making gains, BNP +1.8%, Greens +2.8%, UKIP 2.9% and pushing the Lib Dems into 4th place.
So this morning the party of hate and spite are able to rejoice, in the North West constituency BNP managed a similar gain with Labour losing a seat to the BNP leader Nick Griffin who was immediately able to go on live television and condemn (amongst other things) the recent decision to allow Gurkhas to live in the UK.
One in ten of my fellow Tykes who bothered to vote have opted to vote BNP, despite almost all of their election information being uncovered as lies and disinformation, it's enough to make you hang your head in shame. Are we really so narrow minded and insular ? Or is this just an absolute rejection of a failing Labour government ?
I would hope that if a General Election is called that you all think a bit more clearly about what it is you are voting for, what is it you don't want in your lives ? The local curry and kebab house that's so wonderful after a few pints, a brown face at your bus stop or place of work, hip hop on your radio ?
The thing is, we can be wonderfully inclusive and multicultural when our idiot ruling politicians let us, and it wounds me to say this, but the BNP have one or two valid points amongst their vast arsenal of lies. There have been local councils who have disallowed St. Georges celebrations, and who have prompted schools not to be too overt in their celebrations of Easter and Christmas, sometimes we seem to be more afraid of 'causing offence' than we are proud of who we are.
I'm still proud to be a Tyke, I'm proud to be open minded and inclusive, I don't dislike anyone based on their race or religion, I don't hate, and I believe that most of my fellow Tykes are much the same, but the political apathy that has consumed the majority of people at this time has allowed the haters to be heard, they got their vote mobilised and got people elected.
It is your fault, you the man who couldn't be bothered stopping at the polling station before going to the pub, you the women who couldn't find a few minutes on the way home from work. If you didn't vote, then don't talk politics to me, you made yourself voiceless, and allowed the voice of hate to be heard long and loudly.