Well yesterday (4th, although I'm still up) was local election day. Nick complained because we had to walk a whole three
streets to get to the polling station, but we did our duty or whatever you want to call it.
Wasn't expecting the results to be up yet but a quick check of the BBC website tells me that the Stoke-on-Trent local council has gone from being Labour-controlled to No Overall Control. Which sounds good at first - Labour lost two seats and we even get a mention in the main story on the election results 'cause Stoke-on-Trent is a very blue collar, working-class area which is usually staunchly Labour - but a closer look at the results shows that both the Lib Dems didn't lose or gain anything, the Conservatives gained one, SALT (Who they? Oh, BBC says they're "Socialist Alternative", which I guess is what you could call old-school Labour) lost one... and the BNP gained three seats.
whatthefuck? whatthefuck? whatthefuckingfuckingfuck?
I'm living in an area where the bloody BNP hold five council seats. Five
. Gods. It's enough to drive a girl to drink. Except I'm not allowed - although I'm sure when I tell Nick the results in a bit he'll probably relent due to the direness of the situation...
Despite the apparent rise of the facists in my area, however, it looks like Labour aren't doing too well at all in these elections. So far they've lost control of 8 councils, leaving them with 18. And only 96 councils have declared so far, so those losses are probably going to get bigger...
Serves them right, I say.Edit
: Holy fucking Christ! Nick Griffin is in the area!
Get me a gun - I'm going out!
(Disclaimer: Much as I loathe the BNP and its leader, I'm not advocating violence here. Really. Just having a nice fantasy...)
Oh, and there are also some loud and probably drunk teenagers outside being generally loud and annoying. Grr.