To all those who participated in or supported the English Democrats’ election campaign in the 2014 Elections to the EU Parliament may I express my heartfelt thanks.
The election results are disappointing and seem largely attributable to the snowballing of UKIP’s campaign, assisted in large measure by the lickspittle British press misrepresenting UKIP’s position on immigration. Nor was the position of the English Democrats and other ‘non-Major Parties’ [to use a technical broadcaster’s term] assisted by the practice (if not actual policy) of commercial television of omitting any references to us by party name in any politics coverage.
Even the BBC, which devotes hours to mind-numbing inconsequentialities usually in the name of entertainment, was niggardly in its allocation of broadcasting time to the English Democrats to the extent of counting it in seconds. Relying upon an invented rule, the BBC professes to go into an ‘election purdah’ once the formal period that the processes of an election ballot are commenced. The desired effect of this arbitrary policy seems to be general maintenance of the status quo with no more than token observance of others competing for elected office.
One might be forgiven for believing that, in a true democracy, more competing opinions should be heard during an election period, not a pre-selected fewer! [One useful ban would be on opinion polls which are more likely to induce operation of an unthinking herd instinct amongst voters than to supply useful information about the issues involved.]
I do not believe that the malign presence of An Independence from Europe party had much effect on our results. My impression is that UKIP was much more affected. The conduct of the Electoral Commission in approving use of that name seems more likely to increase rather than to reduce the public’s scepticism about the objectivity and impartiality of British Government agencies.
Nor do I believe our poor result was caused by a rejection of our message about England’s Cause, if only because it was drowned out by the tumult of the Brit parties, especially UKIP’s! Consequently, I do not believe that sufficient electors even heard our message, never mind reject it. Indeed, we have had a number of enquiries seeking more information about the Party.
If called upon to describe my condition I would say it is: ‘bloody, but unbowed!
Remember: When the going gets tough, the tough get going!