"The arms that you wield now are not such as your forefathers wielded; but they are infinitely more effective, and infinitely more irresistable" ~ Cymru Fydd leaflet, 1890

Friday, 27 March 2015

The 0%

Parliament will officially be dissolved on the 30th March 2015 but as far as everyone is concerned it's all done and dusted until after the general election. This means we are now able to take a look at the 'Welsh' MPs and see how they did in the last term of parliament. Most of them will be asking once more for your vote so it's a good opportunity to see if they deserve it.

Whilst looking at the Public Whip website I stumbled across the 'rebellions' section which they use to show how often an MP goes against the majority vote of their party. Naturally I was curious to see how often the unionist MPs rebelled against their party which is predominantly made up with MPs from England.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the number of MPs who had never rebelled against their party bosses during this parliament. To begin with here is the complete list of all 40 'Welsh' MPs. Labelled in the table is their constituency, their party and the percentage of times they have voted differently to their colleagues (who are mostly) in England.
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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Scumbag Labour - Tony Blair's Blood Money

You all remember Tony Blair, the man who should be standing trial for war crimes but is instead jetting around the world giving speeches in exchange for oodles of cash? Of course you do. Well he has decided to donate some of his blood money to 106 'lucky' candidates around the UK. And thanks to LabourList I can show you exactly who the receipents in Wales are. And yes, one of my funky maps would be a great way of highlighting who Blair has bought off. But first here's the list of seats in Wales and Scotland who are getting Blair's bonus.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

There is no Welsh Green Party

One popular lie told in Wales by the parties that are ruled from London is that they like to add the word Wales or Welsh into their branding in order to try and make people thing they are actually a Welsh party.

One party that likes to do this is the Green Party of Englandandwales. Whilst they field paper candidates all over Wales they often spout little lies like they are the Welsh Greens. Their regional spokesperson, Princess Pippa likes to combine figures from other green parties and incorporate it into their own to make themselves more appealing.

So off I trotted to the Electoral Commission website where you are able to search for registered political parties. Note that it does not allow direct links so if you want to verify anything you will have to use the search page.

There are three green parties for the four UK nations.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scumbag Labour - 'Cult-like mafia'

Just a few weeks ago a former red Tory quit the party claiming they were nothing more than a 'cult-like mafia'. But let's not focus on what a former red Tory has to say too much when we can instead focus on a current red Tory proving this claim to be correct.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

It's all kicking off in Ceredigion

"We live in a democracy and anyone with £500 can stand as a candidate". Those are the words of the regional spokesperson for the Welsh branch of the Englandandwales Green Party. A branch who believe it is better to stand paper candidates all over Wales than send as many anti-austerity MPs to London.

The anti-austerity bloc comprises a loose partnership between the SNP, Plaid and the Englandandwales Greens. A recent spat appears to have emerged in Ceredigion where Plaid and the Greens once teamed up to win the seat back in the 90s.

With the current incumbant being a Lib Dem the election in May represents a great opportunity for Plaid to win another seat. They already hold three and if they can keep these then anything extra in winnable seats like Ceredigion, Ynys Mon and Llanelli is a bonus.

The following is an extract from Pippa's latest whinge where she accuses Plaid leader Leanne Wood of asking, maybe even demanding that they stand down in Ceredigion. I've also added an extract from a twitter exchange between the Plaid candidate, Mike Parker and Princess Pippa.

Ceredig it, oh yeah!
I have archived both extracts here and here. Now asking, or even demanding that the Greens stand down in Ceredigion might be a big deal if the Greens had a hope in hell of winning the seat. In 2010 the Green candidate came last with less than 2% of the vote with Plaid coming second with over 28%. Given how badly the Lib Dems are performing after getting into bed with the blue Tories you'd have to be brave to think they will get anywhere near the same support this time.

I've taken a look at the latest odds in Ceredigion and they are quite bad if you are a Green but quite good if you are Mike Parker the Plaid candidate.

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So here's what they could do, they could offer the Greens another chance to stand down in Ceredigion on the proviso that Plaid would in turn stand down in Newport West (where Pippa is standing). That's Paul Flynn's fiefdom and since he is currently 1/100 on and both Plaid and the Greens are both 100/1 it's a no brainer. Whilst he is a red Tory he is probably the least awful red Tory here in Wales. The only downside for Pippa is that she will still come last, albeit in a reduced field. But why should they when hopefully Simon and his team can trounce Pippa in her own adopted backyard.

The Welsh branch of the Englandandwales Green Party are clearly more interested in satisfying Pippa's narcissism than in sending anti-austerity MPs to London. The biggest irony of all is that the Greens are the one BritNat party that would actually be better off if they took their orders directly from Green HQ in England.

Princess Pippa's latest cry for attention has been picked up by the EBC where they are accusing Plaid members of 'bulling' the Greens, I presume they mean bullying. For the record I am not a member of any political party but I do believe that an anti-austerity alliance could ensure that the London parties are put in their place. This should also lead you to ask if Pippa and her merry band of paper candidates cannot accept a few words on the internet then what the hell would they be like if the people of Newport West and the rest of Wales actually voted for them.

On her blog she says that "the Greens do not split the vote, the voters do". To me that's reminiscent of the American gun lovers the NRA when they say that "guns don't kill people, people do". Anyway, I wish the Greens in England the best of luck in May but the Greens in Wales are just one person's ego trip and I really hope she and her army of paper candidates lose their £500.

If you wish to follow Mike Parker's campaign in Ceredigion you can do so via his twitter or facebook pages or via the handy plug ins I've added below.

Once again, for those who didn't understand it the first time I said it I am not a member of any political party but I'm all for spreading the anti-austerity message.

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