Friday, October 19, 2007

Referendum comment

I am going to post this comment in full because, fuck me, it's just so damn encouraging.
Here's something to cheer you up, DK, posted this to Comment Is Free tonight for Polly and Gordon.
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Hello Polly, it's me again.

As you know, we in Harlow are so sick to the back teeth of being disenfranchised by anti-democracy elitists like you and Gordon over this Treaty that we've taken matters into our own hands.

Democracy haters all:

WE IN HARLOW IN ESSEX ARE HAVING OUR REFERENDUM NOW

And you can do nothing to stop us. Two or three days ago when we began this, we were angry and in despair. Now, with the petitions and votes for a national Referendum rolling into our boxes in their thousands, we've found our fighting spirit and it's so wonderfully empowering.

I arrived home just after 9pm - a 13 hour day thanks to staying late at work designing a Referendum poster and delivering more Referendum forms on my way home - to find a bundle of 456 votes on my kitchen table left by Bobby, a pensioner with a bad back. He'd collected those in just
TWO DAYS.

"I need some more ballot papers, I've run out", said Bobby's note on top of the pile of votes. So I took him some round.

When I asked Bobby how he managed to collect so many (named, signed and addressed) REFERENDUM VOTES in just 2-3 days (unfortunately, this cannot be a secret ballot), Bobby said:

"I've bin out all day, every day, since you gave me the forms...though it's brought me arthritis on a bit..but it's like the war, n'it, we've gotta do our bit for our country."

Gawd, Bobby, I said, please have a rest now, I don't want you killing yourself for this.

"Nah, I'm alright", said Bobby, "I'm collecting in the town centre tomorrow."

" 'Ere, do you know I got chucked out of the Sainsbury's today,", Bobby told me with a look of defiance, "the security man said 'you can't ask people to vote in 'ere without the manager's permission.' I said, WELL GET THE MANAGER THEN!...First time I've ever been chucked out of anywhere in me life."

Bobby is 73, Polly - and you and Gordon should hang your anti-democratic heads in shame because you aren't fit to clean his boots.

I want to tell you about the deaf and almost blind volunteers we have, Polly, about Nev who thinks he's cracked his ribs yet is going to get out of bed to take the Referendum to his bowls club, and Gib who's collecting votes though he needs sticks - and so many others.

Of course, you won't believe any of this.

SO I CHALLENGE YOU, BOTH OF YOU, POLLY TOYNBEE AND GORDON BROWN.

Come to Harlow, meet all of us Harlow Referendites and see for yourselves how much we detest your anti-democratic political experiment - and you. Then explain to us why you're betraying us, selling our democracy to the EU and forcing us to fight you for it.

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We urge everyone right across our country to do this too, start your own Referendums in your home towns and villages or wards. It' so easy, people are so angry that they practically fight to vote and you'll soon be inundated with volunteers, I promise you.

We're doing it at almost nil expense in Harlow, with a shoe string budget and a war time spirit...and so can you

Please spread the word.

Auntie Flo'

Go, go, go, Auntie Flo! People like you make me slightly more enthusiastic about this country and, despite my occasional depression, you make me proud to be British (yes, I said "British"). Go for it, and your humble Devil's thoughts are with you.

If there is anything I can do to help (or if you are having a public count I can come to) then let me know.

8 comments:

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

It's times like this that I wish I'd pushed for a parish council, much as they blight the landscape.

There'd be revolution in the air tonight if there was...

poohbear said...

Bismarck wanted it...FAILED!

kaiser Bill wanted it...FAILED

Napolean wanted it...FAILED!

Hitler wanted it...FAILED!

How many MILLIONS died to prevent a European superstate? Gordon Brown & Co have given us away for FREE without a shot being fired!
We are now within an ace of being a minor region of the Franco/German new empire!

Welcome to the new world order!
ENJOY!

Letters From A Tory said...

As every year passes, a European superstate becomes more of an inevitability. I don't understand how people can't see that, when they look back at the past 60 years of European politics.

Curly said...

And while you are there remind them of Brown's four bloody red lines that he's proud of!

Anonymous said...

If there is anything I can do to help (or if you are having a public count I can come to) then let me know. (DK)


Thank you, DK! It's so kind of you to offer to help. My daughter says, YES! Ask DK to the count as she wants to meet him :) It would be brilliant publicity for the referendum. As soon as we have a firm date I'll contact you with this.

We must have a public count, though we haven't begun to consider the detailed logistics of that yet and can't do so until we have a clear picture of where all of our People's Polling Stations will be - and that's still work in progress.

We must aim have the count in November in order to get the petitions/votes to our MP prior to the Parliamentary debate on the Treaty. Phew! Pressure. We so need another month to do this properly. Do you know if the date for the debate has been released yet?

Auntie Flo'

Devil's Kitchen said...

Auntie Flo'

Magic! I'll be honoured to attend.

I don't know about the debate date yet, but the signing is in December; I shall try to find out and publish it at The Kitchen as soon as I know.

DK

Anonymous said...

Thank you again, DK. As my daughter says: DK's no devil, he's a pussycat in disguise

Auntie Flo'

Devil's Kitchen said...

Or as Iain Dale put it to me, "disappointingly calm in person".

But just get me onto one of my pet subjects and you'll hear the bile flow...!

DK