Candidate (Ind) for the Humberside PCC elections

A great WordPress.com site

Thanks.

Now that the dust has settled on another election I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who supported me. Friends, family and random members of the public donated and voted for me in the PCC election and for that I am humbled. It would have been nice to receive a few more votes but there were three independent candidates.

The combined total of votes cast for independents actually outstripped the winner and runner up so you could say we were all part of our own downfall.

I’m not going to complain as its not really productive and there are plenty of people already doing this.

I do take issue with our state and media though. The governments dereliction of duty to its citizens does border on criminal. But since the behaviour of our government borders on criminal most of the time it’s hardly unexpected. They had the opportunity to inform the electorate about the election and chose not to do so adequately. The media had the chance to do this too but only felt the need to report about a few of the candidates instead of the election in general.

We live in a society that expects to be spoon fed information these days. It’s something that has been going on for a while now and it is the government and media who are responsible for creating the spoon feed mentality.

If you are reading this I can assume you are not one of those people because you are seeking out information instead of waiting for it to be thrust upon you.

I was going to say its our responsibility to help inform the less informed but that would be wrong. It is each individuals personal responsibility to inform and educate themselves. We are not in school anymore we are adults.

By all means point people in the right direction. There is no harm in suggesting some reading material to another person. Just don’t kill yourself trying to convince others of your point of view.

This is the last post for this site. There will be no more. You can still follow my views and opinions on neilandreweyre.wordpress.com

I want to say a special thanks to the three Paul’s. Without you guys the race would have been much harder.

Last of all I must give it up for my dear mother, whose unwavering support for what I believe in was always there when I needed it.

Beware the Agent Provocateur

I had to write about this because I’m starting to see an increase in the number of online forums and comments on websites telling people they should spoil their ballot in the PCC election.

I don’t have a problem with this in principle because I too have spoiled a ballot before.

Sure you should spoil your ballot if you feel your only options are politicians and you don’t have a real choice, but be aware that there are people who will and are calling for people to spoil their ballots because they don’t want disenfranchised voters to vote against their party candidate.

Just be aware. You may have friends or family who are thinking about spoiling their ballot without knowing they have a real choice in this election. It is a tactic that party supporters will employ to stop opposition to their party candidate.

To a political party it’s about getting hold of, what they see as, an instrument of power which they can wield over the people.

Catch Up.

I thought it time to give everyone an update as to how the campaign is going. It’s the reason it’s been a while since I last posted something.

I’m trying to deliver at least a thousand flyers a day. It’s not easy when you are doing it on your own. That’s not to say I have not had help. Half a dozen people who live in or around Scunthorpe have kindly taken some flyers off me and delivered them to the areas they live in.

Read the rest of this entry »

For Your Consideration

The size and scale of this election is finally starting to dawn on voters. People are waking up to the realisation that this is going to happen no matter how much they believe the position is not needed or how much they don’t want the position.

The 27-30% of the country that is definitely not going to vote in this election doesn’t want to vote because they are sick and tired of the same choices come election day. They are tired of the same false promises from the same tired old voices.

Read the rest of this entry »

Real Representation.

As the race for Humberside PCC heats up I’m reminded constantly by establishment types that I have no chance of winning. I told by party people that I could not hope to compete with the party machine when it can churn out 300,000 flyers.

I say it’s all nonsense!

So you can put out 300,000 flyers. Of course you can. You have money to burn. If it’s got a party politicians name on the front, you may as well be pushing the flyer straight into the recycle box!

When the establishment tell me I won’t get enough votes to win I remind them that this is not a general election or a council election. It won’t be voted on like normal elections.

Read the rest of this entry »

My First Live Broadcast.

I arrived in Hull to make an appearance on the Sunday politics show. a makeshift Green room was created and I sat down with a coffee to wait for us to go on.

All the candidates filtered in and sat down. There were a lot of pleasantries exchanged with conversations randomly occurring until it was time to sit down and do the show.

That is unless you are Lord Prescott. With the exception of a brief hello we were ignored by him. Until he arrived all the other candidates had fallen into a default mode of civil politeness around each other but there was no such behavior from Lord Prescott. He didn’t join us in the green room at all before the start of the show. He seemed more interested in speaking to Tim Iredale.

Read the rest of this entry »

Made it!

So glad I made it. It was a struggle but at least I’m in the race.

I just want to say thanks to all the family, friends and members of the public that donated. I would not have made it with out you.

Onto business then. I know a lot of people out there may have held back on giving me a donation because I might not have become an official candidate. I understand that. People are always apprehensive when asked for money and don’t want to give it away to a lost cause. I’m not a risk anymore. I’m on the ballot. You will be able to cast your vote for me.

Read the rest of this entry »

Printer Ink and Nicotine Gum.

I only popped into town to get some more printer ink, which I go through incredibly fast and some nicotine gum, which I also go through quite fast. My phone went off and it was a Facebook alert and the message said that John Prescott was on Frod rd. I was outside Maxwell computers from buying the ink so I had a wander over to see what the fuss was about. I asked where on frod rd and was told on the corner of Percival. I saw Prescott’s car and wandered over to take a pic.

I chatted to the driver for a bit then watched and waited for John Prescott to exit the building. What happened next is below. Sorry for the quality of the video.

So we have finally met. Got a tweet and an RT from him.

The best thing about it was the BBC. I know you can see them at the start, but what you don’t see is the BBC camera man that then placed his camera squarely in front of me while i was talking to Prescott. Apparently it was shown on the local BBC news today but I’m waiting for it on the iplayer. Ive been told I was referred to as the 3rd favorite in the race which is a good start as far as I’m concerned.

Still need help and donations, so get in touch if your just hearing about me.

How do you get an 18 – 25 year old interested Politics?

You don’t!

The 18 – 25 demographic is one of the most sought after demographics when it comes to elections because its very hard to get them interested in the boredom and monotony that is politics.
Its so mind numbingly pointless that most 18 -25 year old would rather watch paint dry! Sure there are a few out there that have spent most of their youth being active in politics with the rest doing what most 18 -25 year olds do…. Party hard!

Read the rest of this entry »

Turbulent Times

What turbulent times we live in. We have a person sent to jail for 3 months for saying vile and abhorrent things on the Internet. We have a dead celebrity under scrutiny for potentially carrying out dozens of horrible and heinous crimes and we have the media crying foul and scare mongering about giving more rights to people to protect themselves in their own homes! It’s been a busy week!

Read the rest of this entry »