"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Bye Bye Balls

What's "a part colour of skin"?

At a small hustings in Morley & Outwood (Ed Balls' wavering constituency) Balls was booed when he was introduced to the crowd. It does seem though that the audience had more BNP supporters than Labour, UKIP or Conservative - or at least they made most noise.

The candidates were responding to a question about whether they would support a burqa ban in the UK similar to the ones proposed in Belgium, Holland and France recently. Balls' mouth ran away with him as usual as he conflated different aspects of immigration; Calvert (Con) said 'No' "because we are a tolerant, liberal democracy". He also said that people who want to wear veils should be able to do so, just as Christians are able to wear crosses. I think he meant 'just as Christians *should* be allowed to wear crosses. As we all know from recent court cases, this isn't always the case.

UKIP supported a ban as per their manifesto and we all know which bottom line the LibDems are standing on.

You can read the full article and watch a clip of Ed Balls being booed HERE. It's very satisfying.


  1. Along with Mandelson and Brown, Balls downfall will give me the most satisfaction. I do hope the good folks down there vote tactically.

  2. If the voters in Kircaldy & Cowdenbeath vote for anyone other than Brown, you can come round and knock me down with a feather SR. Balls stands a good chance of being routed though, thanks to Calvert's internet campaign. Unelected Mandelson will probably go back to the EU. It would be good to get them out of the country so fingers crossed.

  3. Oh, please let him be defeated.

    The downside of his defeat will (probably) be that he will be sent to the Lords.

    Just when you thought politics could not get lower ...

  4. I don't know how they find enough hours in the day for all the work they have to do Fausty! A debate in the Lords, another in the European Parliament plus having to squeeze in a working lunch or two. It's a hard life formulating directives and laws for the rest of us to live under.

  5. Indeed, GV.

    If I were in his constituency, I'd hold my nose and vote Conservative.


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