Tomorrow’s Rochester and Strood by election will see a victory for UKIP and an absolute trouncing of the Labour candidate.
That’s a shame (for we Labour party members).
However, this result will signal a wake-up call for all politicians in the UK.
It is pretty tricky for David Cameron and the Conservative party. I’m not sure what it means really, except a rejection of politics as a whole (big factor) and a rejection of moderate Conservatism in particular (small factor).
For Labour I don’t think it is a rejection of Ed Miliband in particular (although I may be wrong there) but a rejection of the fact that Labour doesn’t appear to stand for very much these days. I rather like Ed Miliband, and I voted for him in the leadership contest (not so many people will admit that these days). Yes, he is nerdy. No, he isn’t at all wildlife-aware. But I feel that not only is he a thoroughly good person (and no I don’t think beating his brother in a democratic election makes him bad), I also have a feeling he will make a much better Prime Minister than Leader of the Opposition. I hope I get to find out, and I hope I’m right.
I’m sure that the Labour candidate in Rochester and Strood is a talented and gifted person but she clearly hasn’t won over the voters of Rochester and Strood, and she hasn’t won me over either.
I contacted Naushabah Khan a while ago to ask for her position on the Lodge Hill development. She was quite quick to get back to me and sent me an email which I will not share with you but I didn’t find it very convincing. I suggested she posted her points on this blog but they have never appeared so you can’t judge them for yourselves.
There has been a persistent rumour that Ms Khan works for a company engaged by Land Securities who are the proposed developers for Lodge Hill. Ms Khan certainly works for Curtin&Co and Land Securities certainly have engaged Curtin&Co to work for them just down the road in Ebbsfleet. Looks a bit like the rumours could be true.
I want to believe in Labour – I’m finding it quite difficult right now (but I will still be delivering leaflets soon for my excellent local MP Andy Sawford who asked an excellent question of David Cameron – see below).
It doesn’t seem very long ago that I was spending a lot of time on the Hoo peninsular fighting the proposal to build an airport there. The Labour MP at the time was the character, the rebel, the thinker, Bob Marshall-Andrews who held onto the seat by the narrowest of margins in the 2005 general election. He was a character who seemed to stand for things.
Andy Sawford (Corby) (Lab/Co-op): Which Prime Minister showed up for the UK in the negotiations at the G20 on climate change—was it the Prime Minister who told the public that he wanted to hug a husky or the Prime Minister who tells his own right-wing Back Benchers that we ought to cut the “green crap”?
The Prime Minister: It was the Prime Minister who introduced the world’s first green investment bank, which is now being admired and potentially copied around the world; it was the Prime Minister who supported and helped to put on the table the legislation that made a big difference in this country and that is delivering cuts in carbon emission; and it was the Prime Minister who has restarted the nuclear programme, by going ahead with Hinkley Point C, after 13 years of a Labour Government who talked and talked about nuclear power but never did anything about it.