Bradford used to be a conservative city known for solid Yorkshire character. Mr Pickles (the minister in charge of local government) is from there (indeed he was once head of the council) - and…..
The Conservative vote has just fallen by 22% (over a poor result last year) in the Parliamentary seat of Bradford West - the “deposit” (the money that is paid to cover election expenses, which is paid back if a candidate gets 5% or more of the vote) was barely kept.
The Liberal Democrats are led by an MP who represents a Yorkshire seat (in a nearby city) - and the Lib Dems lost their deposit in the election.
“You do not understand Paul - both the Conservatives and the Lib Dems are in government and the government is very upopular, and it is a byelection….”
In which case the Labour party (the main opposition party - and with a leader who also represents a Yorkshire seat - in a town not all that far from Bradford) should have greatly increased its vote - and its vote FELL by 20%.
So who won?
A “joke” candidate won - a man born and bred in Scotland (a long way from Bradford) who used to reperesent a seat in London (at the other end of Britain from Scotland) - a seat that just happens to have a very high Islamic population (just like Bradford West).
“So the man is a Muslim” - no he is not, he is a Red with an “ethnic Christian white” background.
It is the Conservative party whose Chairman (I do not like the terms “Chair” or “Chairwomen”) is a Muslim - and the Conservative party has made lots of “modernizing”, “outreach”, “treating Britain as it is now” moves. Yet (as stated above) the Conservative vote fell 22% (and that is from last year’s less than wonderful result in the seat).
So why did an “ethnic Christian” Red with no connections with Yorkshire (and whose last moment in the public eye, some years ago, was making a total …… of himself on a reality TV show) gain so many Muslim votes? And why did the Labour party (the principle party of opposition to an increasingly unpopular government) see its vote fall by 20% and lose the seat by a landslide?
I have no idea (said Paul with a glance over his shoulder at the new laws of modern Britain).
By the way - two totally unrelated (unrelated to the above in any way) points.
The successful candidate in Bradford West just happens to be the victim of absurd charges that he wants to wipe Israel off the map (and absurd charges that he is active in the Red/Green alliance of Marxists and Islamists which does not exist - only paranoid people believe in it).
And the leader of the Labour party (again on a totally unrelated matter) just happens to be from a family that, although Marxist, also happens to be “ethically Jewish”.