Sunday, July 6, 2008


Mad Dogs and Englishmen

By-elections always bring out the fringe parties and the one in Common Ward is no exception. While the seat left vacant by the untimely death of John Kennedy is being fought the four main stream parties – Lib Dems, Labour, Conservative and the Greens – the English Parliamentary Party as found its way onto the ballot paper.

It’s rather interesting if you put this name into Google as included in the results are a collection of more extreme right wing parties. It’s also interesting to read what other sites have to say about the organisation, which appears to have its national headquarters in rented office space in Stafford.

One site I found was called Berrocscir's Banner ( which under the title "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" wrote:

"I see that one of the waifs & strays of English nationalism, Parish Cllr Paul Gilbert, of the phantom England's Parliamentary Party is standing in a local by-election for Stafford Common ward on July 10th. I suppose it's part of being English that we get mavericks like this going it alone, and I wish him well, but if patriot political activists were really serious about their identity they'd throw their lot in with either the EDP or FEP. Still, having the word 'England' on the ballot paper is something I suppose."

Need I say more!

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