Oh what a lovely war, fighting UKIP for our votes, 127 official loonies in Clacton, unfortunately 20 thousand odd, overqualified ones. Nevertheless best of luck to the winner, no hard feelings on our part and all others who took part. We had our usual array of social media following us around and involved as many people as we could.
The oft quoted phrase was “if Ukip were not here you would definitely have had my vote”, hence the opening line!
I arrived on Thurs 2nd and was immediately inundated with the TV circus, between 1pm and 2.30 BBC, ITV, Sky had all had a piece of me. Then throughout the week various independent cameras were on the streets looking for anything unusual, I didn’t let them down. A lovely picture of Nigel Farrage and myself made The Times.
The count night was very entertaining. Along with ‘The Flying Brick’, ‘RU Seerius’ Steve and Joy, Lady Hellenbak’, ‘Madam Margarita’ ‘Nigel Knapp’ Ross and Ian, we made our way to the Town Hall only to be surrounded by another fusillade of cameras and TV media. The sillier we were, the more they liked it, I can guarantee that more pictures will emerge throughout the year, in various magazines.
Into the count, a tremendous round of applause on our entrance, everybody waiting to shake our hand and generally congratulate us, because in the very early stages we were in for beating the Lib-Dems, but it was not to be. Once again we didn’t come last ‘Charlotte Rose’ won that acclaim with 51 votes.
Charlotte was ‘good value for money’, because she had a TV documentary team following her around, and they all insisted that I should join in, only had to be asked once. Apparently this documentary is an on-going thing, and I shall be asked to do more at a later stage! Charlotte made it very well known that she wanted to join the party and be our future chief whip, no contest, she was immediately accepted.
Even Lempit Opek who was also in attendance, said that he might consider walking the floor next General Election, in the same style as Douglas Carswell did. All in all, a very good By-election, good fun, and just following the annual conference, a very busy three weeks.
Watch out for the next one, Rochester and Strood, Medway, Kent. Our candidate is Hairy Knorm, with the help of Mad Mike Young and Sheik Mihand. Not sure of the date yet but very imminent, I shall be there at the later stages along with whoever else wants to join in!
The Howling Laud.