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Put him in the rubber room!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 27 November 2008, 07:13


I have just had the (dis)pleasure of listening to Lee Barnes on the BBC4 Radio Four’s Moral Maze. Putting aside the issue of why the BBC invited Barnes on to the programme in the first place, listeners were subjected to the rantings and lunacy of a very angry man.

Even Barnes’ fellow extremists, writing on Stormfront, believe that he went over the top.

I’ll leave that to you to decide http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fl5w5/Moral_Maze_26112008/

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Has Griffin got no shame?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 23:20


Has Nick Griffin got no shame? First he announces that the BNP will use the European Human Rights legislation (which he has said that the BNP would scrap) to defend themselves, now it appears that he is willing to use the Race Relations Act.

I'm lost for words

 Posted: 25 Nov 2008 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Yellow Wednesday

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 19 November 2008, 06:12


What a 24 hours it has been. Yesterday morning the BNP formally announced that Nick Griffin was standing in the North West in the European Elections. While we had long suspected this it was the final confirmation that we needed to kickstart our campaign. Within minutes we had prepared an email newsletter and fired it off to our supporters across the North West.

Then it emerged that the BNP membership list had been posted - by parties unknown - on the Internet. Worse still (for the BNP that is), several BNP members had their occupations listed. I'm not sure how the serving police officers or soldiers are going to explain that away!

Strangly, I have not seen this list. This week I have been on the road, speaking at meetings across the North. Yesterday I was in Liverpool where we had a great meeting. People seemed really fired up and eager to build a bottom-up campaign.

Just as the meeting was started I received a text from our HOPE not hate group at Manchester University saying that they had signed up 350 students to the campaign in one day. That was absolutely fabulous news. Last month we gave ourselves a target of signing up 3000 active supporters in the North West by the end of February. A few weeks later I can now announce that we have already reached 1,800.

Today is Yellow Wednesday. Manchester University HOPE not hate group is organising a day of action to build support for a motion that they are taking to the Students Union. To this end they are painting the University Yellow - quite literally. It is a long time since I did any student campaigning but I have to say that I'm really looking forward to today.

It's now 6am and I'm scratching around to find something yellow to wear....

 Posted: 19 Nov 2008 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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History in the making

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 08:53


Barack Obama is the new President of the United States. It is hard to comprehend what this means, not only for the US but for the rest of the world. Searchlight will be producing a special 'Extra' on the US elections and its significance in December.

While we were over in the US a couple of weeks ago Leonard Zeskind recounted a conversation with an old friend whose partner was killed during the civil rights movement. After the racist violence of the 1960s she never could have imagined that she would witness a black President in her lifetime. It is a truly remarkable day. There are clearly still many problems concerning race in the United States, and that was clear from some of the voting, but the country will never be the same again.

To ensure you get a copy subscribe to Searchlight

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YES WE CAN

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 04:16


So Obama has done it ...

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edging to victory

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 01:47


I thought more of the results (or at least projections) would have been in by now but I guess that the TV stations are being cautious - or at least they want to keep to the audience watching for a bit longer.

Anyway, Pennsylvania has been called for Obama so he only needs to pick up two or three states that Bush won and he's there.

I'm particularly pleased about Pennsylvania because that is where we spent some time while we were over in the US a couple of weeks ago. Congratulations go out to Lindsay, Liz, Chuck, Bob, Kim and the others who made us so welcome over there.

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Prediction

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 5 November 2008, 00:17


It seems that I might be going out with myself....

"While it is still way too early to call

538's Nate Silver is projecting, Obama 349, McCain 189. 538 has been the most accurate blog during the whole election season. Better than the internal polling of the major political parties."

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Pie time

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 23:59


With minutes to go until the first batch of polls close we are tucking into pie. In fact there are two types, blueberry and apple pie and cherry pie.

I'm not normally a pie man but this is a special day...

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Notes from America

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 23:45


Here's another American giving his view on the election:

None shall sleep........

The beer is on ice; the first one to be cracked open as the first poll closes at the top of the hour.

None dare actually start celebrating though. Like an England team leading in a penalty shootout with Nessun Dorma echoing in the background ; you know the odds are heavily in your favour, but you also know that something, ANYTHING, can and will go wrong!

As reports come in from around the nation, how reassuring it is to be talking almost exclusively about red states. It increasingly seems a case of damage limitation for the Republicans. Exhale, but......

Another stolen election? There! I said it!! It's what we are all thinking.

Tomorrow morning brings not only a historic new era for the nation as a whole, but on a micro political level it brings new eras for both Democratic and Republican parties.The GOP has to face the reality that it has become a regional party, unable to compete in vast swathes of the nation. Areas where it once had the lock and key on the electorate. The Democrats have a fantastic opportunity; especially if the House aligns as hoped, to build a dynastic hold on Washington. An opportunity it dare not waste, for it's sake and more importantly ours.

Ironically, the best hope the GOP may have in 2012 is that the Democrats may still be undoing the economic mess the Republicans left them!

Today of all days, it seems appropriate to recite the following quote that you'll all know well " We have nothing to fear, but fear itself!"...well, that AND the vote counting in Miami-Dade!

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My prediction

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 20:48


I've been organising a sweepstake amongst my friends over the election results. So far about 30 people have given me their views but until now I've resisted making my own predictions.

But here goes. Obama to win 349 of the 568 electoral college votes. I think he might actually get more but I'll be happy with that.

There are several prizes for the four closest guesses ...including a night out with me. Perhaps I'll win that so a night out alone ...no change there then!

 Posted: 4 Nov 2008 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The word from Texas

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 20:31


This blog is getting everywhere. Just had this in from someone in Texas:

"Lines at polling stations here in mainly rural San Patricio county are minimal. Early voting was very popular here. I've driven past several this morning in the vain attempt to locate Rush Limbaugh and/or Sean Hannity.

In neighboring Nueces County, where Corpus Christi (300k pop) lies, several friends report longer lines mid morning but nothing > than 2 more hours. Lines have eased during the lunch period, but are expected to increase to moderate levels after general working hours.

Nueces County is heavily Hispanic and should be friendly for Obama, although Texas Democratic supporters have our eager eyes and high expectations looking much farther east towards VA, NC, PA, OH and FL.

The election won't be won or lost in South Texas, or even Texas as a whole, but there is tremendous excitement from voters all ready for change, determined to be part of a defining historical moment in the nation’s history, and refusing to be restricted by an archaic voting infrastructure."

 Posted: 4 Nov 2008 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The wall chart is up

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 19:53


I'm really getting into the election spirit. The food is coming along and the drink is chilling.

More importantly, the US election wallchart is up and Matthew has been tasked up with filling it in as the results are announced.

Massive turnout expected in Virginia

Just had a call from a friend in Virginia to say that the turnout is massive, perhaps as much as 80% in some areas. It's raining but that doesn't seem to be putting people off.

All exciting stuff!

 Posted: 4 Nov 2008 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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News from the frontline

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 19:43


Here's some news from Leonard Zeskind:

"On the ground in Kansas City, Missouri, hundreds of people were lining up at their voting stations an hour before the polls opened up. Missouri is one of those battleground states that had voted Republican in the last several presidential elections, but that Sen. Obama has put into play this time around. He needs large turnouts in the cities to counter the effect of McCain’s pull among rural and suburban white voters. Mike Enriquez, a community organizer helping to get out the vote deep in the city’s black community, said “everybody is all hyped up.” He described unemployed men in the neighborhood who had already voted sitting on their front porches and anxiously awaiting the final tally."

 Posted: 4 Nov 2008 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Is Virginia the new Florida?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 18:38


This is what is coming in:

In Virginia, where the NAACP (a national civil rights organization) filed a lawsuit to keep the polls open longer, we are seeing several problems. More groups are joining the call to keep the polls open two hours later tonight. There are reports of massive voting machine failures, over two dozen precincts opening late, people being turned away, and voter intimidation.

In Michigan we have received calls about malfunctioning voter machines in at least ten precincts, causing extremely long waits. Unfortunately, the waits are causing some people to give up and get out of line. We will continue to monitor the situation in Michigan throughout the day.

And in Florida, we've just received a slew of reports about broken optical scanners and extremely long lines. We also just received a call that absentee ballots were not received at a rehab center for elderly residents.

and this:

Reports growing that of twenty five polling place in Virginia appear to have voting problems. The problems appear to revolve around the Optical Scanning Machines. People were also given wet ballots in some of these polling places as well. Poll supervisors promise that they will scan them later in the afternoon. These polling sites are primarily in urban areas that service communities of color.

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Rumours

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 17:53


How can the richest country on this planet have such an appalling electoral system? Eight-hour queues, machines breaking down left right and centre and several polling stations opening late!!

And that is before the scheming of some to disenfranchise certain voters.

Here are just some of the stories circulating in the states at the moment:

* in Miami, florida they were segregating the white voters in one line and blacks in another.

* in kc - jackson county, missouri- they sent the wrong poll books and people can't vote.. also some of the poll books didn't have a presidential candidate listed.

Unspecified voting troubles in the Carolinas too.

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So here we go

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 17:32


The US election is under way and so is my blog. I'm now trying to juggle writing this blog with cooking. I'm hosting an election party tonight so the chilli con carne has been cooked, the ribs are marinating and the potato salad is on the table.

Still to come is seafood gumbo, the black-eyed beans a la shack and buffalo wings.

I've also organised a sweepstake about the election result. I've asked my friends to make a guess about the electoral college breakdown. So far about 22 people have responded and all predict an Obama win. People are pretty confident because everyone is saying he will get well over 300 of the 568 votes available. We'll see, I'm still to make my estimate....

What do you think the outcome will be?

 Posted: 4 Nov 2008 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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US election: A date with history?

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 3 November 2008, 07:43


Welcome to my US08 blog. Over the next 72 hours I’ll be reporting on the US Presidential elections but it will be a blog with a twist. I’ll be joined by some of my friends from the US who will break away from the last hours of the campaign to add their thoughts. There will be the musings of my colleagues who travelled to the States with me recently and there will also be news from my kitchen as I prepare for my US election night party.

The Live blog will really kick off at 8pm on Tuesday evening. Between now and then I’ll try to add a bit of background to the elections, the voting system and the enormity of what might actually happen.

The United States was a country built upon racial prejudice and slavery. In some states non-whites only got the vote in the mid-1960s …and yet, just 40 years later, the country could be electing its first African-American President.

However, that is still a few hours away and until then I’m going to be on the edge of my seat fearing the worst. Join me tomorrow night and let’s hopefully share a piece of history together.

 Posted: 3 Nov 2008 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments