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Closing time for Farage as ‘Pub Landlord’ challenges for Thanet South?

The last Al in Parliament with this kind of self-confidence was B'stard (too soon?) [Image: Sky News].

The last Al in Parliament with this kind of self-confidence was B’stard (too soon?) [Image: Sky News].

We may not have seen a battle of heavyweights like this since Martin Bell took down Neil Hamilton for the Tatton Parliamentary seat in 1997.

Sadly, Tatton has passed on to a political lightweight – someone called George Osborne – but now all eyes are turning to Thanet South, where UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s  Parliamentary campaign is now facing its greatest challenge – from comedian Al Murray.

Farage might like a pint and a smoke outside a pub, but Al’s the Pub Landlord. It’s a bookie’s dream.

According to his ‘Free UK Party’ FUKP website, the Pub Landlord has 13 “common sense” policies. Here they are:

The website is at http://www.thepublandlord.com and on Twitter @FUKPnews

You know it makes common sense!

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Seat choice for Boris is an admission of Tory weakness

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In typical cowardly Conservative manner, Boris Johnson has decided to apply to be that party’s candidate in the stronghold seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year’s general election.

The seat is currently held by Sir John Randall with a majority of 11,216. He will be retiring at the next election, making room for Johnson, who is currently Mayor of London.

Johnson will have to go through a selection procedure but there can be no doubt about the result. The decision encourages us to draw two conclusions:

  • Firstly, Boris is not as popular as the public is being led to believe. If he was, the Tories would be setting him up to take a seat from another party.
  • Secondly, the Conservatives believe the electorate of Uxbridge and South Ruislip are easily-manipulated ‘sheeple’ who will do whatever they ask. If you live in that constituency, don’t you find that assumption insulting?

It also means the next MP for that constituency will be decided, not by its electorate, but by a selection committee of around five or six Conservative Association grandees. Is that democracy?

According to a BBC News report, Johnson said he hoped to “make his case” that he was the best person to represent the constituency – to the Conservative selection committee, as the following comment clarifies.

He added: “I’m sure there will be plenty of excellent candidates, and I hope very much to make my case to the association.” [Italics mine]

To the association. Not to the constituency. It’s a mockery of democracy. A “demockery” – as a Vox Political correspondent in Mid Wales wrote in a letter recently.

If Johnson really wanted to prove himself, he’d go and fight Nigel Farage in Thanet South.

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