(page bio updated 29/11/20)

After June 2016 I watched in mounting horror as Teresa May serially capitulated to the EU. I watched her cowardly car-crash negotiations while all around her the Remain cadre (the ones that really called the shots) undermined, sabotaged and in some cases outright betrayed their own country.

We were in the process of having the biggest political mandate in UK history flushed down the toilet.

I needed somewhere to go.

No mainstream party was viable. UKIP was broken and turning ugly.

All looked lost.

Then I saw a chink of light - an old friend from many years ago. The Social Democratic Party. They were at the time ( and arguably still are ) the only "sane" party offering a home to Brexit supporters like me.

I did something I have never done before in my life. I joined a political party. I became a member of the SDP.

The SDP is a small but nice party I remained a member up until November 2020. But then I decided to let my membership lapse. It was nothing they had done. They remain a small but nice party and I wish them well for the future, but I decided that I would like to reclaim my political neutrality. Maybe I'll rejoin one day. There is certainly no other party I feel orientated to enough to join. 

I remain though intrigued by the possibility offered by the bottom tier of UK government - The Parish/Town councils and how a party like the SDP or any other party for that matter could exploit it. (see some old SDP orientated posts below)

In my posts I'll try and be amusing while I try to make some salient points.

But sometimes I'm just angry. (Sorry)

I took a long break from blogging from roughly 2018 to mid 2019 so I'll draw a line between the modern stuff and the historical.

July 2020

Trump, Biden and Penalty Shoot-outs

November 2019
A short series each with an amateur analysis of the prospective vote share achievable by the SDP candidate standing in the 2019 General Election in the following seats

The SDP: 2019 Thirsk & Malton
The SDP: 2019 Tottenham
The SDP: 2019 Havant
The SDP: 2019 Epping Forest
The SDP: 2019 Cambridge
The SDP: 2019 Basildon& Billericay

Billothewisps SDP Attack Dog

October 2019

Crime and Contraception
Brexit and the Value of Voting

September 2019

Brexit Party & SDP. A Crazy Idea. But….
Parliament, MPs and a Betrayal of Democracy

July 2019

The EU Parliament: A Fake Democracy
An EU Presidential Election: One Candidate in a Secret Ballot

A short series on the potential for a small party (like the SDP) in the lower tiers of UK politics and how alliances and associations maybe the way to go

The Social Democratic Party - Where now? (one of six)
The SDP and the Brexit Party (two of six)
UK Local Politics and the Low Hanging Fruit (three of six)
Arming the Parish Councillors (four of six)
Parish Councillors: Party Affiliated? Or Independent? (five of six)
Parish Councils Are Dying. So What? (six of six)

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October 2017
Boycotting a second eu referendum

June 2016
A Love Letter To Europe
UK Foreign Aid, the Eu and German Coffee Barons
Eu Referendum Demographics - A Different take

May 2016
Intimidate us Mr Juncker? I'll Raise you Five
Vetos Turkey the Eu and Deception
The Eu: What Happens when a veto is used

January 2016
Another Year for Sgt Blackman

May 2015
A General Election - Or a Lottery?
The Devils Mark and the UKIP Witch

January 2015
Je Suis Charlie - With Caveats

December 2014
A New Year for Sgt Blackman

September 2013
A Bulgarian Back Door?

June 2013
Safe in Their Hands

May 2013
An Emerging Supermarket Cartel?

February 2013
The Coming Dark Age - Revisited
A Gift Horse in the Mouth
Huhne Pleads Guity

November 2012

Vote Independent for Police Commissioner
Saville McAlpine and the Secret 28

October 2012

BBC Whitewash: Matt or Gloss?

August 2012

Rotten to the Core
Tim Yeo, Contraception and Energy Policy

May 2012

If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next

October 2011

The English MP

September 2011

Redcar and the Barnett Formula
Scottish Tories and a Changing Game
The Road to Weimar UK
Yvette Cooper Immigration and honesty

August 2011

Good News from Redcar Steelworks
Does a Dead Cat Bounce If named Footsie?

June 2011

A Confidential Crime Policy
Rethinking England
Erasing English Politics

May 2011

The Striking Out of England (again)

December 2010
England Almost Unstruck

September 2010
England Erased Revisited
An English Void

August 2010
England Erased

May 2010
What about England Dave?
Cameron Clegg and Elephants
England In a Losers Coalition
A Greek tragedy and an English Vote
A Scottish Debate in England

Aprils 2010
So When Is the English Debate?
Spoil it for England

March 2010
English Railways and English Taxes

February 2010
English Sour and Fusion Reactors
An English Identity

January 2010
An English Apology
An English Conspiracy

December 2009
The Striking Out of England