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Some optimistic thoughts on the Euro election

The Euro polls have been and gone. What have they taught us about politics? and why do I think things are looking up for Mebyon Kernow? I've given it some thought, read a bit online and spoke to some party members. Here are just a few thoughts to mull over, firstly UK wide, then South West and lastly and most importantly Cornwall.In general terms, I think UKIP can be happy they did great across the UK and even managed to do well in areas they haven't traditionally done so, Wales and Scotland are the obvious examples but in England they had a great day. The Greens must be ecstatic they knew they had a good chance to make their mark and they did so. The SNP also should be delighted topping the poll in Scotland, an amazing result for a governing party fighting an independence campaign. Plaid Cymru should be happy they didn't get squeezed out by a resurgent Labour and UKIP.Moving on from the delighted to the unsure. The Conservatives had a good night they thought that they'…

My final post on the European elections 2014, some thoughts on the answers

In the last of my European Election 2014 series, I want to summarise some of the questions and answers I receieved from the prospective MEPs. For those of you that read the intro blog and the posts about the Green party, UKIP, Tory, Lib Dem and Labour will know they drag on a bit, so I think here I want to pick up on some of the responses answers that caught my eye for being good or bad. Obviously I'm not including the Lib Dems as they didn't reply to my email unlike all of the other parties contacted and by most commentators have little to no chance in this neck of the woods and would be lucky to retain a single MEP across the UK on thursday. In case you haven't already read the reasons my party Mebyon Kernow- The Party for Cornwall is not standing are threefold. One Cornwall doesn't have it's own constituency, we have been slowly merged and centralised with the wider south west. Two this means Cornwall is about 10% of this 'region', despite a great re…

Answers from Labour about the European elections

In the last of my European election series of blogs, the turn comes of Labour. Not the best to last nor the worst just simply one of the first to initially respond and last to clarify party policy. It certainly is an interesting election for the Labour party, in some senses they are on the up and bouncing back from the very low ebb of 2009 and indeed 2010. In the last European elections they polled 15.7% and came in third across the UK behind the Conservatives and UKip. In the South West (and Cornwall and Gibraltar) they got 7.7% of the vote over all (but only 5% in Cornwall) failing to gain an MEP.

In the recent South West opinion poll in the Western Morning News Labour received 25% polling below UKip on 44% but above the Conservatives on 14% and the Green Party on 10% and the Lib Dems on 6%. But polls should always be taken with some caution this is the only South West opinion poll and it was published on the 1st of May from field work a month ago now. Things may well have changed…

Penzance needs you, next monday dressed as a Pirate and other bank holiday entertainment

The time is nearly upon us, we will be retaking the world record for the most pirates in one place next monday the 26th May as part of the Penzance 400 celebrations.

Please come if you can make it there's loads of entertainment and promises to be a great day, there is also entertainment over the weekend, music and theater see here for details

Of course the day before the record attempt, there is the annual charity rugby match between Penzance fire station and Penlee lifeboat. Which was a cracking match last year with 13 tries and the RNLI taking the honours 40-35, so a great deal to play for this year.

For all the info you could need on this weekends events http://www.piratesontheprom.co.uk/

Questions but no answers from Liberal Democrats, their rather bad prospects in the Euros

Today I want to talk about the Liberal Democrats and their chances in the European elections as I have done with the other parties that are standing. I did email questions to the Liberal Democrats on sunday the 27th April and now it's the 16th May, as I've not received anything from them, I don't think I will so I'll just talk about their prospects. For those of you that regularly read my blog, I have written a series of posts in response to questions I emailed to South West European election candidates. The original blog here outlining the questions, responses from Molly Scott Cato from the Green Party. Answers from Tony McIntyre from UKIP and lastly Julie Girling MEP from the Conservatives. I've yet to blog on Labour's response, there's a few points they want to clarify. Maybe it's unfair and I should give the Lib Dems more time, if they do finally contact me perhaps I will, but it's less than a week and the excitement as building as close to feve…

A dedication to the mayor of Penzance Phil Rendle

Well unless you're reading this today or tomorrow, it will be the former town mayor, as tomorrow monday the 12th of May is when the chains will be passed on in the mayor choosing ceremony. Phil has been fortunate to have served 2 years as the mayor, as the election at the tail end of his first year could have meant he was not re-elected or the composition of the council vastly changed and a new mayor been sought. It was perhaps the way in which Phil took to his first year and conducted himself that he was not only re-elected onto the council last year but stood unopposed as mayor.

It was fitting that the front page of the Cornishman carried Phil's picture in a story about the Penzance 400 celebrations, pictured right with the town banner. It is indeed a great honour to be the chair of any town or parish council. It carries with it many of the typical roles and responsibilities of leadership, being a spokesperson and the public face and indeed spokesperson of the body. But it do…

My email to European election candidates the Conservative party

I finally received an answer to my email from Tory Julie Girling MEP, so the first response from an MEP perhaps forgives the lateness in replying. So below are the answers on Conservative policy. First lets have a look at where the Conservatives stand. In 2009 they had a very good election, the Euros in the UK if anything are more seen as a classic mid term election than of any real importance (if you disagree name me the 6 Euro MEPs...) as such the Tories did well last time topping the poll in a brutal indictment of Gordron Brown's government and the Labour plummeted. So the pendulum swings and the Tories are now facing a brutal indictment of David Cameron's coalition government although it doesn't seem like their destined for the free fall that Labour suffered in '09. For a start the chances of them failing to get an MEP elected is slim, they currently have 3, but recent polling puts them behind UKIP, Labour and a hares breath away from the Green Party. They are righ…

My email to European election candidates, UKIP....

Following on from yesterday's post on the answers of Molly Scott Cato from the Green Party to my emails, today is the turn of UKIP. I'm hoping to do Labour's answers tomorrow but I'm waiting for a few details to be sent on. Yesterday I did finally receive answers from the Tories but yet to hear back from the Liberal Democrats.

Why UKIP? you might ask. Certainly it's not a party I'd consider voting for. I don't agree with the way they approach immigration, in fact I can't think of a policy of theirs I agree with. I'm not a right winger that kind of tradition and conservatism is the opposite of what I believe. Perhaps if Nigel Farage hadn't disowned the entirety of their 2010 manifesto I could have had sympathy with the policy of painting trains in traditional colours, it's the kind of trivial and quirky policy that actually has an element of character to it. Probably one of the few that doesn't revolved around demonising foreigners as wel…

Great news for Jubilee Pool

Tonight Penzance Town Council voted unanimously to put money into the grant bid to central government for our lido. As a part we undertake to enter negotiations with Cornwall Council and in partnership with the Friends of Jubilee Pool to have it devolved to the town.  Those of you that read my earlier blog will know I had serious problems with the way this was went about by Cornwall Council. In summary we were informed last thursday there would be a meeting tonight and it was make or break for the grant application due in this friday the 9th of May (then in hands of govt to decide). Not enough time to fully consider the merits of the proposal. Nevertheless I spoke and my main thrust was that yes was the only answer. The thought of losing this as an asset was unbearable.  Further the idea of having a derelict pool in such a prominent position was an unbearable one. I did however criticise Cornwall Council for not coming to Penzance Town Council (and indeed the Friends of Jubilee Poo…

Who to vote for part two, The Green Party

In yesterday's blog I explained, my dilemna of who to vote for. So I thought I would write about the process I went through emailing candidates. As I explained yesterday my party Mebyon Kernow is not contesting these European elections and has decided upon a policy of not endorsing another party. This is something I want to try to do here.But below are the questions I think are fundamental to Cornwall in the EU, not only providing some idea of where candidates stand, but something to hold them to account to if elected. The answers from the Green candidate Molly Scott Cato are at the bottom, provide your own comments and analysis if you want.

But first a quick word about the Green Party and their prospects, they currently don't have any MEPs in the South West but had a good election last time in 2009 finishing fourth behind the Conservatives in first, UKIP in second and the Lib Dems in third. So they beat Labour last time and the BNP, (as did Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall). Accordi…

Who to vote for in the European elections? my emails to candidates... (part 1 intro)

It truly is odd being an active member of a political party and being unsure of who to vote for in an election. But this is the situation I find myself in at the moment. Mebyon Kernow took the decision at Conference not to contest the polls. I think this was a real shame, but the system is massively against us. Cornwall has over the years been subsumed in a bigger and bigger South West region, Cornwall is a tiny part of this area.


This would mean we would have to do spectacularly well as Dick Cole wrote:

"To get an MEP elected in such a ‘South West’ seat, the MK candidates would – based on past results – need to poll over 90% of the vote in Cornwall. But if that wasn’t bad enough, other aspects of the electoral process are unfairly rigged against Mebyon Kernow. To be allowed a party election broadcast, for example, MK would have to stand in all (nine) euro-constituencies in England – an absolute nonsense – whereas “regional” parties standing in the (single) Wales, Scotland and Nor…

Should Penzance Town Council not fund the Jubilee Pool?

Another blog and I'm afraid another can of worms and like all cans of worms who knows what the repercussions could be. Apologies for the provocative title but lets face it many don't care about local issues. I stand ready to see all those who comment and bitch at me without reading this blog fully and understanding it, so please if you can spare a few minutes. Things get built and things get pulled down, public services get closed down and long after the consultation process and campaigners have accepted their cause is lost, the things happens people start to get angry, that something happened in this or that way. I'm hoping this is a slightly different issue, without any risk of exaggeration the Friends of Jubilee Pool are ecstatically gushing about the 3742 people that signed the petition titled Save the Jubilee Pool in Penzance and provide match funding for the application to the Coastal Communities Fund and particularly the comments made on the petition site and I can…