BJ is PM today.
If the EU doesn't re-open the Withdrawal Agreement and he fails to suspend parliament to leave without a "deal" (both of which I believe will happen) then Boris has to push the most radical right wing and populist policies possible to keep Brexit voters content in advance of the next General Election. His appointments indicate this. That way he'll nick some of those Brexit Party votes to stay in power.
Tags croydon, greenparty
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
|Shasha Khan||Green Party||642|
|Eileen Hannah||Liberal Democrat||545|
|Alongside Green Councillor Jonathan Essex. Photo taken just outside the Count. At the time we were hopeful that all six target councillors were elected.|
- Dissatisfaction with the two main parties (Brexit shambles)
- Remainers turning out, with left leaning remainers choosing Green over Labour
- Good local camapigns with activists who joined during the green surge and stayed
- Extinction Rebellion 's recent highlighting of climate change and need for action
I saw a tweet by London activist Benali Hamdache (copied and pasted below). His explanation covers five areas:
Tags croydon, greenparty
Thursday, May 02, 2019
I received an email from Inside Croydon asking if I knew of any former Croydon candidates standing on the local elections. *London doesn't have any elections in 2019. I sent this reply:
Yes, I am one of those ex-Croydon now standing for Reigate and Banstead council. My home ward is Chipstead, Kingswood and Woodmansterne.
I've lived in Woodmansterne - which has a railway station actually in Croydon - for three years now.
Greens actually get elected in these areas! This is down to hard work and recognition for ther hard work. There are three Greens elected here in Redhill East (2) and Earlswood & Whitebushes(1) wards.
I haven't had an opportunity to get out that much but the activists tell me canvassing returns suggest the Green vote stronger than ever.
The local agent told me she expects turnout to be low as Conservative voters stay away because of Brexit. The local MP Crispin Blunt - a Leaver - took the unprecedented step of putting out a statement asking voters not to punish local Tory councillors because of Brexit. Local Tories have stopped canvassing because of the doorstep fury they have received over the issue.
Green canvassers are still noting concern about affordable housing and Green Belt development on the doorstep, but also for the first time Climate Change is being mentioned as an issue. Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough have pushed the issue to the fore of voters minds.
Given there are three councillors to be elected this time around, it will be interesting to see how the results pan out in my ward as the only party putting up three candidates are the unpopular Conservatives. Other parties such as Greens or UKIP could benefit from split votes.
-------------------------------------------------- Tags croydon, greenparty
Posted by Shasha Khan at 9:25 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Today my family and I are going to the the Peoples Vote March in Central London. I am not paid up member of the 2nd referendum brigade because I am more concerned about how we heal the divisions that have become so starkly noticeable as a result of Brexit.
We went to the previous rally and I felt the mood was more disillusionment with Brexit, because if there was a referendum and a Remain type option won - it will only anger those that voted LEAVE in June 2016.
I met, by chance, a consultant who works for financial institutions. Presently these institutions are looking for guidance on what is likely to happen with regard to Brexit. This senior individual noted many similarities with Trump in USA and Brexit in UK. I jested with the consultant that in years to come, maybe we will look back at this time whilst in the midst of a civil war, wondering why we didn't do more to bridge the two sides of the Brexit debate. To my surprise the consultant didn't dismiss civil war out of hand.
Surely we can't end up in a civil war. Civil unrest, maybe. Brexit headbangers are openly ringing up radio stations such as LBC and talking up civil unrest if Brexit doesn't happen in the particular way they want it to happen; On the Today Programme on yesterday, Nigel Farage used the word 'fight' with regard to defending Brexit when being interviewed by Mishal Husain; and countless MPs are being called traitor by Brexit headbangers outside the Houses of Parliament. Are these the the early signs of something more frightening. I keep hearing the army are on standby.
I was talking to an Egyptian friend of mine, he made the observation that civil unrest starts when a rally or march gets attacked by the opposite side. Could this happen today??
Interestingly, a Professor of Political Economy has noted similarities between the Brexit divide and the English Civil War. They are mainly geographical, but the semblance is apparent in other elements.
The above is all hypothetical, but sometimes I wonder how is this going to end?
Tags croydon, greenparty
Monday, October 15, 2018
Brexiters who are in the media or national politics are either stupid or pandering to their audience. So say I! Those who are radio presenters are essentially audio journalists, much like a reporter for the Daily Express. The readership of the Daily Express expects an anti-immigration slant OR pro-Brexit twist so the reporter writes a story to fit.
The same HAS to apply for radio presenters. They are in the numbers business. A commercial radio station is almost entirely interested in listening figures. No listeners = no advertising revenue.
I remember Iain Dale back in June 2016 maintaining a position of 'undecided' on the IN/OUT question. He finally backed Leave - at least publicly. At the time I thought this wasn't an action based on sound logic, unless one has calculated that for commercial reasons it would be better not to lose your audience.
So, when Danny Dyer famously blasted David Cameron I scanned the debate with interest, especially when Iain Dale tried to make capital out of it. I might be wrong about Dale in my assertion but I doubt it. In he full exchange he tries add weight to 'idiotic tweet' jibe at me.
Take a look at @IainDale's Tweet: https://twitter.com/IainDale/status/1012685399666429953?s=09
------------------------------------------------ Tags croydon, greenparty
Monday, June 04, 2018
The result in Beddington North was quite a surprise to many observers. Councillor Nick Mattey, formerly a Liberal Democrat, latterly a Green managed to get re-elected as an Independent with two other councillors. This news also managed to get into Private Eye magazine (above).
I chatted to Nick Mattey (his graphic above - poor spelling of my name) throughout the campaign. Our involvement in the Stop The Incinerator campaign has resulted in a friendship.
Independents getting elected in London is an amazing phenomenon. However, the election of these three in Beddington North was not a complete surprise:
1) Nick Mattey has been an active councillor in Beddington North. People know him. He has fully canvassed the households in the ward. If he wasn't a sitting councillor it would have been almost impossible to achieve success.
2) The Lib Dems in Sutton are serial leafleters around election time. Nick managed to orchastrate a campaign which exceeded the Lib Dems in terms of sheer volume and cost. I know he spoke to the Electoral Commission to work out how he could spend his way to success.
3) Voters are cynical about politicians more than ever before. Voters are learning that voting for a political party doesn't mean 'X'. It could mean 'Y'. For example, if you are a BREXIT voter, which political party represents your voice? The people of Beddington North have experienced deceit on an unprecedented scale. It was logical to turn to three residents who, total combined, have lived in the ward for many decades.
The 1.96 per cent votes I polled was to be expected given Green votes were probably going to the three Independents. This coupled with the fact that I don't actually live in the borough and both Labour and the Conservatives threw everything at the ward to win these three vulnerable Lib Dem seats suggests the result was fair. On average Green candidates polled between 2 and 3 per cent in Sutton.
|Election count at Westcroft Leisure Centre|
I took the above picture at the Count. Nick Mattey is in the foreground. You can see the other tables have finished counting but because of the Independents - bundled in with the split votes - the counting continued long after other wards had declared.
CHIPSTEAD, HOOLEY AND WOODMANSTERNE
TIM ARCHER - CONSERVATIVE - 1357
PETER PARROTT - LABOUR - 276
CHRIS HOWELL - LIB DEM - 196
SHASHA KHAN - GREEN - 183
JAMES CLACK - UKIP - 122
The result in Chipstead, Hooley and Woodmansterne was completely expected. The Tory won by landslide. Interestingly less than 100 votes separated the other candidates.
Scoring a similar margin of victory to the Conservative was the irrepressible Jonathan Essex in Redhill East ward. He is one of the legends in the UK Green party. More good news was the election of Hal Brown in Earlswood and Whitebushes. Full details here.
Tags croydon, greenparty
Monday, April 30, 2018
|Full list of candidates for Beddington North|
I've been leafleting with colleagues in Beddington North ward in London borough of Sutton. As usual the Lib Dems are manically leafleting the ward to hold onto their three councillors. The result this time is uncertain. My logic is that if people are concerned with the incinerator, which is located in the ward, they shouldn't look further than someone who has fought 10 years to to stop it. The above newspaper article is from 2009 and I am using it at a basis for the final leaflet. Labour and the Tories also think they will win this ward. Basically, everyone standing genuinely thinks they can win and this will lower the threshold to finish in the top three.
Anti-incinerator campaigner Nick Mattey is standing as an independent with two others and he is throwing everything into the campaign. Nick is bit like Marmite, not everyone's favourite yeast base spread.
I bumped into him when leafleting and it was good that we still have good respect for each other even though we in a battle to win the seat.
|Me and Nick Mattey|
I am also standing in Reigate and Banstead council elections in my home ward.
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