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This post was written by the Bedfordshire Beacon for Radio Free Britain. I had a long conversation with the Chairman of the English Democrats, Robin Tilbrook on the phone a couple of weeks ago and was invited down to their AGM for an interview.
The idea was to go down, get an interview then rush back to broadcast on Sunday. However that wasn't to be.
Upon my arrival I was welcomed by Mr. Tilbrook and we spoke at length for some time. Robin Tilbrook stands over six feet tall and is the stereo typical old cliché of a charming English gent. Well mannered, soft spoken, highly educated solicitor.
The venue at the Thistle hotel Brands Hatch, was very professionally laid out as were the presentations. The atmosphere warm friendly and inviting. Looking around the room, I would have put the average member attending the AGM from late thirties up not including the EDY youth group.
It wasn't long before Mr. Tilbrook introduced me to Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies with whom I also gave a short interview. Mr. Davies was a completely different to Robin Tilbrook in many ways.
The Doncaster Mayor was short in statue and spoke in a Northern accent. Peter Davies was straight forward and didn't hold back on what he wanted to say. He knows common sense well and lives by it. I didn't always agree with some of this comments through understood why he was so successful for the English Democrats.
I was to receive a bonus with a short talk with the heads of the new Workers of England Trade Union who have tied themselves to the English Democrats and reject other unions who tie themselves to Labour.
As there was so much information to be told, we decided to make it into a half hour special to be broadcast next Sunday to be followed up with a in-depth blog after the broadcast.
This man is the only alternative to the left, the Tory Parvez Akhtar is in my mind highly suspect to say the least and I have been told there are a lot of dead links on the web; got something to hide? So vote independent blue, he's a real Tory and keep the Reds out of Bedford.
Former borough councillor and Character Tony Hare believes he has a number of policies to offer that none of his opponents can match. He said: "We owe it to future generations to elect an independent mayor, acceptable to all, who will continue the work to make our part of Bedfordshire a place that all residents are proud to call home."
Mr Hare was leader of the Conservative group at Borough Hall in 2002, the same year that Mr Branston was first elected mayor. He said he will look at policies that other candidates have not included in their manifestos.
These include introducing a 'shop a thief' initiative, where people who tell police when they know someone has committed a crime can receive a suggested £1,000 reward. He advocates 'river buses' into town along the Ouse, which he believes would be a significant tourist attraction.
Mr Hare also announced himself in favour of keeping Bedford Borough's three-tier school system, rather than scrap middle schools as Mr Branston had controversially proposed. Mr Hare said this week: "I believe in the saying: 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it'. "Three-tier works, and this year's exam results for students in the borough are good.
Mr Hare believes in the spirit of 66 referring to the World Cup, the team was full of characters and that he infers that's what why we won (true Brit grit).
Ray Hostler has dropped out of the election for the new Mayor of Bedford. The independent candidate announced his decision on Tuesday, he said he was backing fellow independent candidate Apu Bagchi. (both lefties)
One in 10 drivers is uninsured in Britain's major cities - with Bradford the worst offender. In one Bradford postcode half of motorists are uninsured while 13% of people in Greater London lack documents.
According to the industry-funded Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) an estimated 1.7 million drivers have no insurance. The MIB's database of insurance policies is used by the police to identify uninsured drivers.
It shows that roughly half the vehicles registered in Bradford's BD3 city centre postcode area have no insurance. Figures just released show the worst cities overall are Greater London, Merseyside with 12% and Manchester with 10%. The uninsured drivers cost every policy holder an extra £30 to fund the losses they cause.
BD3 postcode : The demographics and housing often found in this and similar postcodes, means this postcode is classed as crowded Asian terraces. Very high concentrations of neighbourhoods fitting this profile are found in Bradford, Southall, Blackburn, East London and Birmingham.
Sangin is the most glaring example of Britain’s strategic bleed-out in Helmand. Since April this year a battlegroup comprising various units built around the 2nd Battalion The Rifles has been pitted against the Taleban here, in a district the size of Dorset. According to defence sources, the battlegroup’s casualties in the period between April and late August numbered just over 100 soldiers killed and wounded in action.
664 British troops have been injured in Afghanistan alone, when read against the numbers of troops conducting operations, rather than those in headquarters, these figures give a casualty ratio of one in five. The figures are now out of date, and by the time the battlegroup finishes its tour it is likely that as many as one in four patrolling troops may be added to the list of dead and wounded.
This is the heaviest casualty rate of any British unit based in Helmand so far. It includes the losses of C Company 2 Rifles, which has suffered the worst casualties of any Nato sub-unit in Afghanistan. In addition, disease and non-battlefield injuries are claiming about five soldiers a week from the battlegroup’s operational capacity.
Before a motley audience, Comrade Brown, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, was named World Statesman of the Year (this is no joke).
The award was presented on behalf of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, which campaigns for religious freedom and human rights by the veteran US former secretary of state Henry Kissinger (that will be the rights for everyone but white British Christians then).
Rock star Bono, Queen Rania of Jordan, and New Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak were among the audience (wow, not) as Mr Kissinger Kissed the Comrade Chairman's backside for his "vision and dedication" in handling the world economic crisis.
This is the citizen that sold all our gold reserves when he was chancellor of the exchequer and had to borrow unbelievable sums of money to keep his socialist spend, spend policy going in his perceived Marxist utopia.
"His leadership has been essential to our ability to overcome the moment of danger," said Mr Kissinger (try living here).
The bras issued to Swedish female military conscripts easily catch fire and are prone to coming undone, making them inappropriate for the battlefield, claims a conscripts’ rights group.
“Our opinion is that the Swedish Armed Forces should have ordered good, flame proof underwear,” group spokesperson Paulina Rehbinder said, “There should be suitable apparel for women.”
The poor quality of the standard issue sports bras prompted a group by female soldiers at the LV 6 military base in Halmstad to voice their displeasure to representatives recently.
The women complained that the bras aren’t flame resistant and, once lit, can melt, fasteners come undone when rigorous exercise is performed, forcing soldiers to take off all of their equipment in order to refasten the brassieres (Oh, to be the PTI).
Rehbinder accuses Sweden’s military establishment of not giving the women enough support. Boom Boom
When we have a war with someone, their nationals come here; can we invade Sweden next time.