I’m sure it won’t surprise many people to hear that I will not be voting UKIP in the next general election.
You might be rather more surprised to hear that James Moyies, the 2010 UKIP Candidate in Rochford and Southend East (R&SE) Leader of UKIP on the Council and West Shoebury Councillor isn’t either.
On the 14th October James said to me: “I won’t be voting for him [Floyd Waterworth] in the general election”. When I pressed him to confirm that means he will not be voting UKIP in the general election he said “Yes”. (for those who worry about these things, I did confirm with James that he was happy to be quoted on this).
I live in R&SE, like James Moyies. I think James has made the right choice in declining to vote UKIP – my first concern used to be that if you vote UKIP you risk getting Labour, however these days if you vote UKIP you risk getting UKIP.
This hasn’t been too much of a problem for the people of Blenheim Park, since electing Floyd Waterworth in May… He’s barely been seen, failing to attend two out of the three meetings of the (full) Council and not attending the only opportunity he has had to review the decisions of the new Administration (scrutiny committee). He hasn’t attended a Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting – important to set the policing priorities in Blenheim- since being elected either. Still at least Blenheim Park still has me and Graham Longley to represent them. We may disagree, but at least we turn up to ensure Blenheim is kept on the map!
From what I hear Floyd has been just as quiet in R&SE.
Still. What has he done?
Well since being elected he has lobbed the Leader of the Council to relax the dress code for full council meetings, accusing the council of discriminating against male members of the council, as female members “many of whom seem to wear thin almost t-shirt-like tops rather than business suits.”
Well that’s OK then.
Still, if the leader of your party locally doesn’t support you, I suppose you might as well go off into the sunset and not worry about the residents who elected you to do a job for four years. It’s just a little odd to do that if you’ve been selected to stand for a parliamentary seat!
A rare comment on national politics for this blog: Remember – Labour and the Lib Dems won’t given you a say on the EU. UKIP can’t. The Conservatives will in 2017.
Note to Julian – no he didn’t turn up for Remembrance Sunday either. Still at least he wasn’t attired like this:
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