For anyone considering the upcoming European Parliamentary Elections on Thursday June 4th, (as I wasn't), please bear in mind the following...
I was handed a leaflet a few days ago, from a man yelling 'Stop the BNP'. I was intrigued, so I took one.
I would've preferred it if he smiled or said 'thanks', as opposed to staring blankly at me because I look like a stocky, short-haired thug, but then I'm a paranoid conclusion-jumper.
So I read the leaflet and became somewhat worried as I was only vaguely aware of this election and didn't prioritise it as much as I would the General Election. They, on the other hand, are sacrosanct. If you can't be bothered to vote in major parliamentary elections but you call the X-Factor hotline to nominate some middle-aged Scottish singer, then you deserve to die.
Anyhoo, what bothered me about this leaflet, and why I'm writing this, is that the British National Party, our very own fascist scum play-acting as politicians in suits, could win seats with as little as 8.5% of the vote in some regions.
Our apathy could get them in.
Having a BNP Member of the European Parliament won't just make Britain look like an intolerant rabble of racist gutfucks, it'll also give the BNP credibility, not to mention a quarter of a million pounds in public money for each elected official to spend as they see fit.
So do your best to get out and vote on June 4th (unless you intend to vote BNP, in which case, the election's on the 5th). More details can be found here. Hope Not Hate is here.
Ex-Pats (called Haggis); I'm sure you can vote from Brookline.
Apologies for this rare foray into politics. Coming soon: Being humiliated on my birthday, plus all the regular bitter introspection, and the weather.