Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Monday's Journey


Today was another whirlwind of activity: no sooner had we set up our pitch in Cottingham than we spotted BBC Look North across the road, so cameras were soon rolling, with me expounding the folly of the old parties and what the Green Party wants to do. William Hague and Liam Fox were at large around the market place: the Tories seem to think it helps to import more Tory ‘big names’ to casually stroll around the vicinity. We, on the other hand, imported the much more useful James, Mark and Dan, all aged 18 and now free of school, who had travelled for 2 hours from Harrogate by train and bus to help out with the campaign. They write:

'This by-election is in our view pivotal for the future of both the Green Party and the country, so we were eager to get involved!

‘This was our first experience of canvassing, and although it was initially daunting, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Today we went door-to-door around Cottingham, and got a sense of anger from many over the calling of the election at public expense. In fact, the majority appeared disillusioned with the existing state of British politics.

‘It is clear that an alternative is needed. And the Green message - of power in the hands of communities - was well received by Haltemprice and Howden constituents, who have grown tired of Westminster's undemocratic grasp.'

More supporters hopped off the train at Cottingham to help with accosting the voters. Another TV interview at 1pm (More4 News) and then off to the BBC studio in Hull for a radio interview with Simon Mayo on Radio Five Live, followed by an interview with KCFM and a public meeting arranged by one of the candidates.

Our Mental Health lobbyist Colin Revel had a rather lively debate with Miss Great Britain about her health policies!

11 comments:

  1. I was thinking of voting for one of the comedy candidates but after meeting you in Cottingham its you I'll voting for

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  2. If the Tories have packed off Liam Fox and William Hague they have obviously started to realise that their liberty to run the seat is in peril

    Davis's gamble is backfiring: imminent Tory meltdown...

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  3. FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, HOW ABOUT THE USE OF GUERILLA CODES IN THE CAMPAIGN?

    http://guerillacodes.blackbookactivists.com/?page=howitworks

    BLACK BOOK ACTIVISTS

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  4. Sun Tzu says:

    "Thus to determine the outcome in (an election)
    We must analyse [the] five elements
    And determine which side is on the Tao
    And is following the Way".

    Who is on the side of the Tao and following the Way in this two horse race - DaviDavis (the past MP for Haltemprice and Howden) or Shan Oakes (about to become the present MP for Haltemprice and Howden)?

    http://books.google.com/books?id=SbR2SVC8bTIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22Sun+Tzu%22+Art+of+War&ei=mEFzSM2gNYrGjgH_vpjGAQ&sig=ACfU3U37n4y9TAeaOzzyzqXBRR57Az28KQ#PPT32,M1

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  5. David Davis's career died in the graveyards of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Would have voted Liberal Democrat but since no candidate I'm yours

    Paul

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  6. Raindance Festival8 July 2008 at 11:37

    Start doing a raindance Shan.

    Low turnout = Davis's core vote in Chernobyl-style meltdown

    Enough nuclear energy, time for renewables!

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  7. Subcommondante IKEA Hardie8 July 2008 at 12:13

    I notice that the Torygraph and Daily Hate Mail were vitriolic and unpleasant in their description of you - rude caricatures about being "worried" and wearing "open sandals".

    Thirty years of Thatcherism - thirty years of domination by the Tory press

    Enough! Ya basta!

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  8. Joe Vancouver BC8 July 2008 at 12:14

    I've just put $250 on you at Betfair

    Do it for me Shan!!!

    Joe, Vancouver BC, Canada

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  9. Finish the other 25 off Shan. Let's have a real Green voice at Westminster.

    Enfin

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  10. Is transport arranged for all the Green voters on Thurs?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7alCCTnd6H8&NR=1

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  11. The Avengers of GAIA8 July 2008 at 15:22

    URGENT COMMUNIQUE

    At 04:00 hours this morning, the Green Anarchist Internationalist Army - the paramilitary wing of the Green Party of England and Wales - successfully launched a dawn raid on David Davis' Haltemprice home.

    Abseiling from their wind, solar and pedal powered helicopter, the faux-leather clad guerillas subdued his besuited minions by firing canisters of powdered chamomile and wild lettuce, leaving them snoring peacefully.

    Spiriting Davis to a secret location somewhere in the wilds of Sussex, G.A.I.A. have pledged to keep Davis captive for 28 days for 'crimes against the electorate'. He is accused of wasting public money, instigating a media circus, and taking his constituents for granted, while displaying breathtaking hypocrisy in suppressing debate during the campaign.

    Although G.A.I.A. have pledged not to harm a greying hair on his head, they plan to humiliate Davis by making him wear a bright orange hairshirt and sandals. He will be given limited rations of muesli and soy milk, and will be expected to read the Grauniad daily. 'Give Peace a Chance' will be blasted into his wattle-and-daub hut, and he will be subject to continuous screenings of 'An Inconvenient Truth' and 'The Corporation'.

    COMMUNIQUE ENDS

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