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Month: April 2016

Steve Uncles – the truth comes out

Steve Uncles – the truth comes out

So. A few days ago English Democrat PCC candidate Steve Uncles was declaring that the men who had allegedly raped a woman at Bluewater were Muslim. When the Police confirmed that the people arrested for this offence are white, English and non-Muslim, Uncles claimed that the Police were lying. Now Uncles claims have come unravelled. In a bizarre rant posted today, Uncles appears to have abandoned his claim that the people arrested are Muslims. Rather desperately Uncles blames everyone else. First,…

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Oh Steve Uncles, what have you done?

Oh Steve Uncles, what have you done?

Putting other people’s work on your website seems to be a feature of the no-hope candidates in this election. First, we had Fergus Wilson and the curious case of those photographs. Now, it appears, English Democrat Steve Uncles has also been indulging in a little cutting-and-pasting. One of these is quite funny, but the other really isn’t funny at all. First, a little light relief. On April 16th an article appeared on Uncles’ official website: The wasted years of Anne Barnes…

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Fergus Wilson: the final Act.

Fergus Wilson: the final Act.

Fergus Wilson’s bid to be elected Kent Police and Crime Commissioner finally came to an end in Court 18 of the Royal Courts of Justice today when his application for Judicial Review of the Returning Officer’s decision to exclude him from the ballot paper was dismissed. Wilson was also ordered to pay £20,000 towards the Returning Officer’s costs in defending the action which, as we have seen, always seemed doomed to failure. Good. Our faith in British Justice is restored.

Steve Uncles – that defence in full

Steve Uncles – that defence in full

English Democrat candidate Steve Uncles as been in touch on Twitter, in his inimitable style, to take issue with a couple of things I said about him in my previous post. Let’s have a look at his defence in full: https://twitter.com/SteveUncles/status/721858086168825856 How to win friends and influence people, eh? Presumably ‘clown’ is meant to be a compliment, since they are funny, culturally iconic and highly entertaining, a bit like me. Indeed Uncles does have two awards for bravery (apparently for…

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Kent PCC Elections – the story so far

Kent PCC Elections – the story so far

And then there were six 18th April is the deadline to vote in the Kent PCC elections: you can register here. Six candidates remain for the post: Matthew Scott (Conservative). Must regard himself as one of the front-runners for the post, given the electoral dominance of the Tories in Kent. The Tories will be looking to gain the Commissioner’s post now that Ann Barnes has decided not to stand. But dear God, save us from another Tory running things into the…

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Fergus Wilson – my complaint to the Returning Officer

Fergus Wilson – my complaint to the Returning Officer

It is reported today that Fergus Wilson has gone ahead with his application for Judicial Review of the Returning Officer’s decision to reject his nomination. As we have seen, his application seems doomed to fail: what he really wants is an injunction to protect himself from the consequences of his own incompetence. More importantly, it is an affront to the democratic process that Mr Wilson has gone to law to seek to stand in an election from which his assault…

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Can Fergus Wilson stand after all?

Can Fergus Wilson stand after all?

The bizarre saga of Fergus Wilson’s attempts to stand for Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner have taken another twist this evening as Wilson claims he will be seeking an injunction  to allow him to appeal against the decision that he is ineligible to stand. Is this possible? First, it appears there were two problems with Wilson’s nomination. The reasons given by the Returning Officer were as follows: Nomination Invalid as the papers were not delivered as required by law and…

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Fergus Wilson’s nomination rejected by Returning Officer

Fergus Wilson’s nomination rejected by Returning Officer

The Returning Officer has published the Statement of Persons Nominated for the Kent PCC election, and as expected Fergus Wilson has submitted a nomination… however it has been rejected as invalid. The reason given is as follows: Nomination Invalid as the papers were not delivered as required by law and were not subscribed as required by law. Precisely what these errors were is so far unclear at this stage, but whatever they were, they proved fatal to his ambitions. Fergus Wilson will…

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Kent PCC election – the next few days.

Kent PCC election – the next few days.

Nominations for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections close at 4pm this Thursday (April 7th). The Police Area Returning Officer will publish a Statement of Persons Nominated shortly afterwards: for Kent the Statutory Notices are being posted here. At the latest this must be published by 4pm on Friday. Within the next few days, therefore, we will know for certain who the candidates for Kent PCC are: it is quite possible that one or more of the declared candidates will…

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On being bundled towards the exit.

On being bundled towards the exit.

Today’s post is a Fergus-Free Zone. Don’t worry, we will return to him in due course. Today’s Guardian carries an opinion poll with a narrow but clear lead for Leave. What is striking, as the paper makes clear, is the difference in opinions between age groups. 53% of 18-34 year-olds support Remain, while 54% of 55 years+ support Leave. Most worrying for Remain,  while 51% of the younger age group say they plan to vote, among the older voters that figure…

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