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Jun. 6th, 2009 | 08:47 pm

The English Democrats got a mayor elected in Doncaster, and amazingly enough:
The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has threatened to cut funding to the town's Gay Pride event as part of his pledge to fight political correctness.

Peter Davies, of the English Democrats, said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple.

"I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."

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Mr Davies has also stated he intends to cut funding for translation services for non-English speakers in the borough.
Not surprising at all really; he's sticking closely to the party's manifesto, which is a bigoted one. (The EDs have a vague English Nationalist base - and there are some perfectly decent English Nats - but their other policies are basically the Daily Mail comments section in party form, with the same confused "we know it when we see it" definitions of "political correctness" and "Englishness", and the same nasty undertaste of something unpleasantly rotten. Last time I said anything rude about the EDs, by the way, when Gary Bushell was their candidate, I was flooded with stupid trolls; I wonder if the Google Alert is still going.)

The point being that if you protest vote for twats, fine, you've sent a message to the political establishment that you don't trust them and are not happy with expenses etc, but the elections you're actually protest voting in do have consequences. While mayors in the UK rarely have the power that they do in many places in the US, say, they do still have some power.

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from: anonymous
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
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Well, yes, some mayors have power and some have none at all. Elected mayors (elected by all who vote in the town or city) tend to be for big places with big budgets and they get their hands on those budgets. Appointed mayors (those elected by other councillors)usually of small towns or villages have no power at all - they just get all the rubbish admin and ribbon-cutting jobs (I know, trust me). The Town Clerk is the powerful one then - s/he gets major control of lots of things including the budget - and s/he is unelected and almost impossible to shift if not very good.

But district, county or unitary authorities are where the power is and where you deal with housing, planning, roads, social services, etc. (and where, interestingly enough, there is just as much scandal about abuse of power and expenses but no-one seems to be looking there).

Personally, I like the French system - the Mayor is responsible for EVERYTHING within their boundary and has a big staff to do his or her bidding on everything and you have to suck up to him or her to get anything you want and s/he has the last word on everything that happens. Now that's a job I would like!

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Mat Bowles

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from: matgb
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
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One of the EngDem main organisers has openly arranged an electoral alliance/pact with the England First party, formed by a group of interesting individuals who don't like the soft-on-darkies approach of the BNP.

The party chair once sent me a request for my home address so he could serve me with a notice under the terms of the Race Relations Act because I said that the EngDems had racist supporters (in a sentence that said all parties had racist supporters, which is true). I couldn't be bothered to point out to him that I'm not a publicly funded body, let alone take him and his mate (the aformentioned consorter-with-racists) to court for defamation (which there was a prima facae case for).

I've been doing digging into Doncaster politics since I heard the result, it's, um, interesting. There's a massive petition to abolish the mayoralty, which I approve of as elected mayors are a farce, especially under the terms Labour set out for them, but in order to have a referendum on abolishing the office, the elected Mayor has to approve.

"Here mate, we want to abolish your job, is that OK with you" — "actually old bean, I think I'll ignore you, sorry".

So the Lib Dems don't run a candidate and instead back an independent who'll approve the petition. The EngDems just beat him on transfers.

I hope the good people of Doncaster enjoy their next 4 years. And I suspect that petition will be gaining more and more signatures all the time now.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. I'll mention that stuff about the Doncaster mayor on Urban75 if you don't mind....

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Mat Bowles

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from: matgb
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Go ahead, can't source it directly, got it from a comment somewhere, I was really annoyed the local party weren't campaigning, but at least they are in a way.

They got a handful in the local count, just got back in from it, BNP did too well, just beat the Greens :-(

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from: slightlyfoxed
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the info. If I'm not doing anything on 16th August, I may take every big purple object I own and all the queers I can scrape together up to Doncaster.

Fear my bisexual umbrella.

bi umbrellas

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 7th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
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You wouldn't want one of those shoved down your throat.

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from: slightlyfoxed
date: Jun. 8th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
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"I don't mind it as long as they don't shove it down my throat. And then open it up, and give it a little twiddle."

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