Sunday, 29 June 2008

Getting up steam in Little Weighton

We moved on to Little Weighton Steam Fair where, amidst clouds of smoke and tunes from Mary Poppins played on a steam organ , we chatted to people drinking tea or beer. One 5 year old asked, ‘what party are you going to?’ When I explained that a ‘party’ is a group of people who have ideas about how to make things better, he wanted to know where the others were. I pointed to Clive, Martin and Bill. He then asked, ‘ so what are your ideas?’ I explained about oil running out and he suggested bikes and horses. What unerring logic kids have - particularly before they get old enough to get caught up in the mating game! My previous research with 100s of kids shows that the younger they are the greener they are.

Some people just feel fed up with politics in general and don’t want to vote at all, and who can blame them when they have been betrayed so often. When told that politicians are just in it for the money I explained that I’m definitely not. To prove it, if I am elected - about which I’m feeling more and more optimistic - I undertake to give half my salary to the Green Party. I’m in it because I can’t bear to think about what’s going to happen to people, and other species, in the future.


  1. Dear Shan Oakes and the Greens,

    Please read my article "David Davis is no champion of freedom" (June 17thh 2008).

    If you are at Westminster on Thursday for the "Liberty in Peril" discussion, I will look forward to meeting you. If you are busy in the constituency, I hope there will be several Greens there to put an alternative view.

    Kind regards,

    David Aaronovitch
    "The Times"

  2. Re-nationalise the British railway system!!!

    Our Facebook group has 1,803 members. You are invited to join it if you have a Facebook account.

    Good luck in the campaign - building up steam like a TGV

    David Turner
    Josh R
    Steven Howell


    Time for Davis to spend more time with his family.

    You can't blather on about freedom and get a man who makes money out of ID cards to be your PR monkey and website designer.

    Davis has lost this by-election. By an absolute landslide. He should get himself dressed up as a woman and run away to another country as soon as possible.

    Shan - when you get into the Commons, could you please start by auditing the total amount DavidDavisForFreedomForDavidDavis has robbed off the British taxpayer in salaries, expenses, second home allowances, dinners, and cigars in his woeful tenure in Parliament.

    I want every penny back.


    Love to Shan Oakes, Green MP for Haltemprice and Howden

    From 'Garry Kasparov' (future Russian President)

  4. If you've had experience with kids, you'll love the Commons. It's full of them.

    Some of them need guidance.