And the nominations for the Nazi Party are…
Curly has posted links to the Statement of Nominated Persons for the Jarrow and South Shields constituencies in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. As well as trying to get some shit to stick in the local elections, nationalist nutjob* party the BNP has candidates fielded for both South Tyneside constituencies.
I find it odd that some electoral candidates don’t find themselves able to put their home address, or even a registered party address, on their election nomination forms. It’s as if they’ve got something to hide, which feels a bit dishonest.
The racist BNP has got form on this in South Tyneside and in the past have registered a PO Box address on their local election nomination forms. Fortunately this year they have put their addresses behind their convictions for the local elections, but not the parliamentary candidates – the BNP’s parliamentary candidates quote addresses as “Address in the Jarrow Constituency” for candidate Andy Swaddle or “Address in the South Shields Constituency” for Donna Watson.
Swaddle is no stranger to politics, and stood for the BNP in the Dunston and Teams ward in Gateshead’s local elections in 2006 and Pelaw and Heworth in 2008, and is standing in Pelaw and Heworth again this year. He’s registered an address in Heworth for the local election. So he’s standing in both a Gateshead ward and Jarrow constituency. What is his real address and why so coy about it?
It’s interesting to note that one of Swaddle’s facebook friends is Mark Collett, presumably the same Mark Collett who was arrested for threatening to kill BNP fuhrer Nick Griffin. The racist party has also accused homophobic bigot and all round prick Collett of attempting a ‘palace coup’. Clearly the BNP sees itself as a monarchy with Herr Griffin as a leader chosen by god rather than as a democratic body.
South Shields candidate Donna Watson is also double dipping electorally, standing for the BNP in the local elections in Whitburn and Marsden. So it seems doubly odd that her address is missing from the parliamentary Statement of Nominated Persons, but it’s available in her details on the Statement of persons nominated for the Whitburn local election.
Note: To be fair, this “Address in the xxx Constituency” isn’t confined to the BNP, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Jarrow has “Address in the Hexham Constituency”, and an independent standing in South Shields, Sam Navabi, has “Address in the North Durham Constituency”. The holding back of such information feels slightly dishonest, particularly when the electorate is crying out for open and honest government – it doesn’t matter which party they stand for.
* : shorthand for fascist, racist, homophobic, sexist, religiomentalist, climate change denying, holocaust denying, twats