The Sitwell By-Election What it Reveals!

A by-election was held on August 5th 2010 in the Sitwell Ward of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the results reveal much about the rapidly changing fortunes of the main political parties and the overall political climate nationally when recent by-elections held in July in Walsall (15th) and Wolverhampton (29th) are factored in.

Here are the Sitwell Ward Results:

Rotherham MBC Sitwell Ward August 5th 2010
2008 Result 2008 % Vote 2010 May Result 2010 May % Vote 2010 By-Election Result 2010 By-Election % Vote % Change since 2008 % Change since May
Tory 2300 58.5 2684 41.5 1213 45.5 -13 4.5
Lab 768 19.5 2238 34.6 864 32.4 12.9 -2.2
R Ind 751 11.6 252 9.5 -2.1
UKIP 793 12.3 241 8.9 -3.4
Lib 867 22 98 3.7 -18.3
Totals 3935 100 6466 100 2668 100

The picture painted by these results is very mixed, with Labour failing to increase vote share from May. Actually losing 2.2% of their share of the vote in 4 months, they must be beginning to feel they are still losing ground in Rotherham and local opinion polling continues to bear this out with the most disaffected being their own core supporters. Trust, it would appear, is at breaking point amongst Labour’s formerly loyal supporters and as more revelations of their cynicism pre election are made clear this is set to get steadily worse as the Labour Council is also obliged to cut essential services against increasing local opposition and their continued personal greed in these times of austerity sickens all but the most tribal of voters.

Liberals must be in despair, not only in Rotherham have the voters deserted them but as can be seen from the results below of recent by-elections in Walsall and Wolverhampton there too. This catastrophic loss of votes for the junior Coalition Government partner must be shaking Liberals across the whole country to their foundations. This pattern of voting in areas formerly having significant Liberal votes is not going to change any time soon.

UKIP also suffered a reverse losing vote share for the first time in Rotherham in an election battle with an extraordinarily poor candidate, John Wilkinson the local Party Secretary, who seems to be intent on proving his own ignorance in the letter columns of the Rotherham Advertiser almost every week, it seems, for many months! His views on global warming would be amusing if they were not so seriously wrong in terms of  the scientific ‘facts’ he insists on repeating mantra like as if something becomes true simply by endless repetition.

Dave Ridgway standing for the Rotherham Independents improved their position coming in third place as opposed to last in May, a creditable result in the circumstances.

Two other by-elections for local council seats have taken place since the General Election on May 6th, here are the results:

Walsall Bloxwich West Ward 15th July 2010
2008 2008 Vote % 2010 May 2010 May Vote % 2010 By-election 2010 By-election Vote % % Change since 2008 % Change since May
Tory 1436 53.1 2329 40.7 800 37.5 -15.6 -3.2
Lab 465 17.2 2008 35.1 1142 53.6 36.4 1.3
Dem Lab 365 13.5
UKIP 286 10.6 91 4.3 -6.3
Lib 102 3.7 563 9.8 71 3.3 -0.4 -10.2
Green 97 1.7 28 1.3 -0.04
BNP 722 12.6
Totals 2704 5719 2132 100

There will be another by-election later in Walsall after the death of a second councillor was announced this week.

Wolverhampton Bilston North Ward 29th July 2010
2008 2008 Vote % 2010 May 2010 May Vote % 2010 By-election 2010 By-election Vote % % Change since 2008 % Change since May
Tory 1272 44.6 1481 29.6 460 23.1 -21.5 -6.5
Lab 1180 41.4 2262 45.3 1292 64.9 23.5 19.6
UKIP 55 2.7
BNP 589 11.8 131 4.4 -7.4
Lib 209 7.3 663 13.3 52 2.6 -4.7 -10.7
Green 189 6.6
Totals 2850 4995 1990


Words, Words, Words!

Numpty, incompetent, inept, pathetic, stupid, arrogant, conceited and misconceived!

The words employed by Cllr Neil Fulcher when describing RMBC regarding their performance.

Suspending him from office for 6 months, the judge described them thus, “pejorative, unjustified and probably defamatory”.

A quick search of Hansard, the official record of Parliamentary business, shows that words such as these are in common usage on a daily basis apart from numpty, which has been only been used occasionally. None of these words then are considered at all un-parliamentary.

I am pretty sure that the defence of ‘fair comment’ would prevent any defamation law suits being successful.

So we are left with the inevitable conclusion here that vast quantities of your money has been spent, well north of £160,000, persecuting someone for what most would consider mild, insignificant and reasonable in the circumstances, I leave you to judge for yourself.

This situation is an example of internecine warfare within the Labour Party in Rotherham and demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the once proud ‘Party of the People’ in our town. If members of the Labour Party turn on one another in such a childishly vindictive and spiteful way, no wonder they are arrogantly contemptuous of their own voters and value them only as ‘voting fodder’, come election time! You have been warned!


Sitwell By-Election 3, UKIP Mystery Solved? More Questions to Answer?

At the end of June, John Wilkinson was teasing Rotherham Independents and presumably others, that they had an excellent potential candidate for the by-election. I reproduce below an email sent by John Wilkinson to Peter Thirlwall:

“—– Original Message —– From: “John Wilkinson” <>
To: “Peter Thirlwall” <>

Hi Peter,
Hope you are well.
Are you putting up a candidate for the Sitwell by-election?
We have a good guy we want to go with.

At close of nominations, it became clear that their claimed ‘good guy’ was none other than John Wilkinson himself!  Alternatively, said ‘good guy’ might have thought better of it?

John Wilkinson, famous locally for his diatribes in the Rotherham Advertiser especially on the subject of climate change.

This scientifically illiterate, flat earther, appears incapable of understanding even the the most basic of scientific concepts, if his patently ridiculous and false arguments are actually believed by him.

His prejudices, based as they are on ignorance or misinterpretation of the facts, leads to inevitable questions as to his judgement on other matters, if he can get this one so wrong?

Of course he is representing a Party that tells everyone that will listen, that if we came out of the EU, the whole world would suddenly improve overnight.

I am certainly not a lover of the EU and the corruption that appears endemic in that organisation, but his beliefs and that of his Party, UKIP, in this matter are clearly suspect and certainly not at issue in this local by-election.

Pernicious ‘moral relativism’ that attempts to undermine confidence in prevailing interpretations by attacking the merest detail and then claiming the whole concept is discredited as a result, that had previously manifested itself in the courts of America, resulting in the extraordinary verdicts in the famous examples of OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson and again in America in the continuing and interminable debates surrounding Evolution vs Creationism!

A distinctly unwelcome American approach, imported, it would seem by UKIP, and practised in good measure wherever self serving narrow political advantage is perceived, for themselves. The first casualty in this? The truth!

UKIP cannot be taken seriously unless they allow facts to inform positions rather than prejudice!

Giving the voters of Sitwell this UKIP candidate, if he is the ‘good guy’ promised in his email then heaven help the Rotherham voters in the future if their judgement is so obviously poor! Is he really the best they could do? Perhaps Caven Vines was to be their ‘white knight?

Finally, there is credible evidence of an electoral pact between UKIP and the BNP, at at least one previous set of local elections. They carved up Rotherham secretly between them and agreed not to stand against each other. Discipline only broke down in Maltby where they opposed each other. BNP and BNP light or UKIP as it’s members call it, has not changed one iota since then.

This bunch of narrow minded, prejudiced, far right nutters that are essentially politically parasitic and specialise in fomenting conflict as a political tool, should be ignored by every right thinking person, as one would avoid the plague.

Suspicions are growing that the pact is back on and the lack of a candidate from the BNP does lend weight to those suspicions. We should be told?


Sitwell By-Election 2 – It was the Liberals!

It has now been revealed that the by-election was called by the Liberals, defending themselves by saying it was OK because they waited until after Michael Clarke’s funeral!

What tosh! Seeing clear political opportunity at the expense of their Coalition partners, they defied convention, the requirements of  basic respect and called the election at breakneck speed, whilst simultaneously denying publicly having done so!

The formation of the Coalition Government involved the most naked political opportunism by the Liberals, in their push for power they abandoned principle, gave up all of their policy promises in order to get their feet under the table of Government and access to the accoutrements of office, oh and lots of Ministerial salaries to assuage their guilt at abandoning pretty well all principle!

Hopefully Sitwell Voters at the polls on August 5th will roundly reject such cynicism and exercise their votes accordingly!


Sitwell By-Election No1

In a surprise move the Sitwell by-election has been called for August 5th.

The field of candidates is:

Dalton, Judy. Labour.
Middleton, Christopher Norman. Conservative.
Razaq, Abdul. Liberal Democrat.
Ridgway, David. Rotherham Independent.
Wilkinson, John. UKIP.

To download the Statement of Persons Nominated click Here .pdf