Mr Perrin’s blog
“A Word in Your Ear”
Caught napping by UKIP
Before proceeding to the count of votes I went to see a “farce” at the Thames Theatre I remember thinking was I about to witness two “farces” in the space of one night. As I entered the Badminton Centre at William Edwards School, the venue for the count, I discerned an air of great expectancy for the” drama” about to unfold. In the event it turned out to be a “tragedy” for the Conservative and Labour Parties with UKIP in the role of “Brutus” wielding the knife.
The first result to be declared was South Chafford which the Conservatives held with a majority of 213 over the Labour Party candidate. However, it was the 19 vote difference between the votes cast for Labour and those for UKIP which must have set alarm bell ringing for the Labour Party. When the second declaration followed a few minutes later, I suspect, the alarm bell decibel rating increased with the pressing of the “panic button”.
The second result to be declared was for the Belhus Ward, a Labour Party stronghold for as long as I can recall and I am 81 years old, where UKIP  savaged Labour with a massive majority of 406. Thus the scene was set for what followed.
Sixteen wards were being contested and UKIP captured 5 of them with Labour and Conservatives holding the remaining 11 between them. That is quite an achievement on only their second foray into the Local election arena. UKIP now have 6 members, making them the largest opposition to Labour and the Conservatives, how they woo UKIP in their efforts to gain control of the Council will be of great interest in the first few weeks of the new Civic year.
There were some losers I personally will miss. I make special mention of Phil Anderson, Lynn Carr and Angie Gaywood and I hope they will consider standing again.
For the UKIP Councillors in Thurrock the time has come when they now have to prove themselves in office it is no longer sufficient for them to “talk-the talk” they now have to “walk-the-walk”. I wish them well but I will be observing them closely.
For the Conservative and Labour Councillors you chose to campaign mainly on national issues and suffered as a consequence. You need to heed the message given that most people, not only in Thurrock, but throughout the UK are more in tune with UKIP than they are with you on issues such as immigration and membership of the EU. Listen and learn!
To the Labour Party in particular, and I am a member, I say stop branding anybody who suggests that something needs to be done to reduce the number of people coming into this country seeking employment are racist
IT IS NOT RACIST TO EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT UNCONTROLLED IMMIGRATION AND THE EFFECT IT HAS ON THE UK ECONOMY ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO JOBS, WAGES, NHS, SCHOOLS, HOUSING AND CULTURE.