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Bonkers Blog March 2019

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14 March (Part 2) - Trolling Philip Read

TweetI wonder if it would be possible to keep Bonkers jogging along until the next Council meeting is held solely on the strength of Philip Read’s Tweets. Despite him calling me a cretin and a Labour Troll our political views are near identical and it would appear so are our political awakenings.

I too first engaged in politics when I was 16 years old. My friend Michael Webb and I went to the village hall in Church Crookham (Aldershot constituency) for the hustings that preceded the 1959 General Election. We stood at the back fresh from voting Conservative in the school mock election doing what, I no longer remember. But I do remember the pair of us being unceremoniously grabbed by the scruff of our necks and shown the door.

I don’t know what became of Michael Webb but I do know that I never contemplated voting anything but Conservative until Michael Howard provided an insight into his true state of mind in the 2005 election campaign. He insisted on the deselection of Howard Flight his candidate for Arundel and South Downs who had advocated more spending cuts than Howard wanted to see.

I never was in favour of dictators and Howard who had until then seemed like a decent enough guy proved himself to be one. He lost my vote solely on that issue and I don’t think I have voted Conservative at a General Election since then. No chance now.


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