Friday, June 27, 2008

Henley Result

Lets face it we were never going to win that seat, and yes it was still a bad result for us.
But that said, the fact that as many as 1,243 individuals are prepared to vote BNP over the main political parties, and thus helping to knock Labour into fifth place (behind the BNP)! That says more about the people of Henley and if I were a constituent who lived there I would feel dirty and ashamed.


Praguetory said...

Polling of 3% is little more than a blip. Just because that blip exceeds Labour doen't make it significant or make the constituents of Henley need to feel ashamed of themselves.

I may be mistaken, but I didn't hear you telling the voters of Barking & Dagenham or Stoke that they should feel ashamed of themselves.

Paul Burgin said...

Basically I tend to think that anyone who votes BNP, although I appreciate many do so out of ignorance, ought to feel ashamed when it is pointed out to them just what they have done and what it means. If I did not say the same about Barking, then I apologise

rob h said...

3.5% BNP in Henly!

That is not a blip.

Those nasty, poor, uneducated scum are getting off their apathetic arses.

At the next election Labour will be routed and the BNP support will truely horrify the comfortable folk.

Do you think the poor care whether you feel shame or not?

Without first past the post it would be very intersting..

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

Why should anyone but those 1243 voters feel ashamed? The BNP have polled above that before and the only reason they get especial attention this time is because the Labour collapse put them into fourth place. Most voters where choosing other parties and the BNP were never remotely a threat.

ThunderDragon said...

So an entire constituency population should be ashamed because a tiny minority voted for the BNP?! You should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting that sort of thing.

Certainly, were the Labour and Conservative roles reversed, you would be trumpeting how proud they should all be for electing a Labour MP.

The only people who should be ashamed are the 1,234 people who voted for the BNP.

And you.

Paul Burgin said...

I see I haven't made myself clear. Saying that if I were a Henley constituent I would be feeling dirty and ashamed is not so much about one's own decency and actions. Its the fact that I would feel ashamed that the BNP got more votes than one of the major political parties in the said constituency. Whether that is Labour, Conservative, or Liberal Democrat.
And no Thuderdragon, I would feel the same however well or badly Labour did!

Praguetory said...

But the BNP only beat a major party because Labour polled so badly. You may not be happy about that, but I'm delighted that Labour are taking a tonking.

By the way, if the BNP had stood in the Baldock East by-election in 2005 do you think that the constituents would have had cause to be ashamed of themselves.

rupahuq said...

I agree Paul that it's a shocking result. Only consolation is that the Greens beat the BNP. I was at a canvassing thing in Barking and Dagenham yesterday where there is a by-election on Thursday. Apparently if the mayoral had been a general election Cruddas would have lost to the BNP.

Letters From A Tory said...

Oh dear, not a very strong argument. Why should they feel ashamed? People vote for the BNP because the main political parties let them down, so rather than feel ashamed I suggest that the Labour Party look no further than themselves in explaining why so many people in this country are turning to the BNP in the complete absence of a strong government that stands up for this country's best interests.

Paul Burgin said...

Eeven so, I'd happily vote for an incompetent Tory government rather than BNP! This is a political party that was built on racism and prejudice and many people recognise the BNP for what they are! The moment one starts to legitimise them in a way that makes them to appear to be as equal as the other mainstream parties, then we have very real problems about, not only where we are politically, but where we are as a society