There are 63 seats to be contested in Rotherham’s 2016 Council elections….3 councillors for each of the 21 Wards.
Sadly, well maybe not so sadly, none of the political parties can at present find sufficient candidates to contest every seat.
UKIP are so far off the pace that they must be considering entering their pets into the race.
Conservatives and Lib Dems are closer to extinction than finding a full field of candidates.
Which brings us to Labour..
Rumours as to their shortfall in candidates varies between 8 and 13.
So short are they, and here’s irony, several candidates have been approved by the NEC who’ve only been members for a couple of months…whereas to have a vote in selection one must have been a member for at least six months. You can imagine the dinosaurs grumbling at that one.
These virgin members standing for the first time, are noticeable for an aura of optimistic cheerfulness. Brought about by the idealistic belief that they are making a personal contribution to open and democratic government, for the people by the people. In their presentations they mistakenly try to make political points, while staring into the dead eyes of the nodding donkeys we call the Mosque claque.
We’ll see how long it takes for them to be ground down by the remaining old lags of the gulag we call Labour Group and its weapon of torture; the Whip.
Emails, exhorting members to put their name forward were still going out on the 19th January…yet several Wards had already held their selection meetings by that date. It’s a tough day in Rotherham when £12 grand can’t pull out sufficient geriatrics needing a pension top up.
Other points of interest?
Bets are being placed on how many Kashmiri candidates can get nominations for the three central Wards..East, West and Boston Castle.
There is a rumour that the Mosques have been undone by their own misogyny.
They didn’t understand the Labour Policy for all women candidates in some seats and another that no ward can submit fewer women candidates in 2016 than were already in place in 2015.
Meaning, that in Boston Castle for example, having two sitting woman Councillors already, means that for 2016 two out of their three nominees must be women. This caused fun during the selection process as most of the Mosques hadn’t twigged that no matter how much they packed the selection meeting with nodding donkeys they still couldn’t break the rules. Had Jeremy been there they would no doubt have got a gang of the lads to give him what’s for, as is their style.
IN BC it meant they couldn’t select the Mosques chosen new candidate, Mahroof Rashid…a man who looked extremely unhappy on the night he lost out. You don’t want a lift in his taxi over the next couple of weeks .
Sadly, what seemed like a small success for democracy and openness soon tuned to ashes when the Mosques failure let in the woeful Rose MacNeely. A women so desperate for election that come Election Day many expect her to don the burka. Her new name for the election slip is McNeeley Begum.
Famous for her failure to introduce the Rented property registration scheme and general self interest the only hope for Boston Castle residents is that the Mosque forgets to instruct their flock to support her and one UKIP’s pet budgies gets the vote.
So there it is, the only excitement of Labour selection to date; the failure of the Mosques to understand the need for women candidates…otherwise in Rotherham we would have had a full suite of Kashmiri candidates for the three inner town Wards..
As stated,the Mosque elders undone by their own misogyny
If you know who has been selected for Rotherham East and West please add to the comments below…
Ps Apparently Shabana Ahmed, despite being at risk in her current Ward, and a desperate need for Kashmiri women candidates, isn’t tipped for one of the safer bet Kashmiri run inner town nominations…apparently she is morally a bit too ummmmmmmm European. Again a bit of misogyny, after all they were more than prepared to keep putting Asbo forward, despite his morality being a mirror image of hers:)