“Something Fishy went on in Kent and it wasn’t just Kwilson”

LECHEVALIERMAL-FAIT

Let me begin by saying that joining one of Britain’s established political parties is unequivocally anathema to offering something new – kwilson has obviously engaged in something fishy. So while under the rules of our electoral system he owns the seat and may do what he pleases with it, at the very least he has completely failed to inform voters in Kent and the South East that this was an option he was open to. And this humble writer believes that the decent thing now would be to offer the people of the South East a chance to now that he has switched parties to pass their verdict on that.

However Mr Wilson’s actions are far from the only fishy part to this tail, the guts of the story are the strange decision by all three TLC parties to fail to stand in Kent and endorse instead a former LPUK and short-lived Tory. This curious decision, that they now reject, deserves attention in its own right. The petition that is going around casts Something New!’s Manifesto as centre-left and and appears to be trying to establish a narrative where by Mr Wilson was feigning left of centre credentials obtained endorsements and quickly went back in his word.

A number of points in response to this: firstly, even if it did happen as is suggested in this narrative those responsible for deciding to endorse Something New! clearly did a poor job by failing to take into account Mr Wilson’s wider record and failed to anticipate how that might lead to a defection to a right of centre party. His diverse political history should have been enough to raise some question and indeed in his very first tweet since returning to politics Mr Wilson states that he wanted to rebuild bridges with the LPUK and followed this up by announcing his decision to run in Hampshire – which is a Green-Tory marginal.

kwilson’s tweets

Further the strange decision to attempt to cast the Something New! manifesto as centre left is bizarre and, for self proclaimed leftists, reflects a worrying lack of knowledge of their own ideology. An honest assessment is that Mr Wilson is libertarian and anti authoritarian. Where there is overlap with the progressive left, it is because the left embraces anti authoritarianism. But there is explicit disagreement with the left on a range of subjects from tax to foreign policy. In summation I wouldn’t ascribe leftness or rightness to the document, it is at its core anti authority.

So if the TLC is not guilty of gross incompetence in endorsing Mr Wilson then what might have happened? Indeed, knowing many of the members of the TLC leadership to not be complete incompetents (only partial), can we explain firstly why Something New! very quickly decided to not run in Hampshire South, as initially stated, and instead in Kent and secondly what the TLC’s wider goals in this were in this.

Anonymous sources within the TLC and published in The Daily Telegraph (10th Feb) reported a conversation on a similar topic where the TLC was deciding to endorse DF44 in Lancashire South and where the former PM Wagbo is reported to have said, “We probably don’t have a better candidate” and that “it will tie up Tory resources”. With Kent being a much safer Tory seat than Lanc South – indeed the safest in the nation if constituency polls are accurate – then it is even less likely that the TLC would be able to field a strong candidate there, but nevertheless hoping to gain electoral advantage from the return to politics of Mr Wilson. The TLC concluded by a similar logic that they could gain national advantage for the TLC by tying up a Tory Deputy Leader in a local fight instead of campaigning nationally.

By offering Mr Wilson endorsements in Kent but not in Hampshire South (a Green Tory marginal) to induce him to run there instead of Hampshire South with LPUK support as I theorise he initially planned to from his tweets. Where in a calculated move he publicly declares he is running, offers an olive branch to the LPUK and has chosen a seat where no LPUK candidate is likely to stand. I theorise his plans only subsequently changed once he failed to receive an endorsement from the LPUK (who had already come to an arrangement with the Tories) and was instead offered the opportunity of TLC endorsements in Kent.

There was certainly some political advantage to be gained by the TLC whether or not Something New! won as I have already discussed. So it appears that they are not the entirely naive and innocent bystanders who have been taken advantage of as they might wish you to believe. And further to this line of thought a Something New! Victory on the list may well have come at the expense of an LPUK or Tory seat, and surely this is the political calculation that high ranking members of the TLC anticipated would result by endorsing him, anything less would simply be incompetence.

If the TLC are unhappy with the decision of Kwilson to change parties they should reject any benefit that they derived from the tying down a senior Tory. Thus if they are purely motivated by a non partisan desire for fairness then they should also put to a by-election any seat where a visit by a less busy Tory DL might have tipped the balance. I eagerly await yet another by-election bonanza.

But all of this is simply conjecture based on a limited snapshot of incentives, public statements and private conservations reported on by The Telegraph. All we can say for sure is that there was Something very Fishy went on…

LeChevalierMal-Fait is the Conservative MP for Essex and is writing in a personal capacity.

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South East MP announces Northern Irish leadership

The newly elected List MP for the South East, kwilson92, released an Open Letter this evening. In his statement, kwilson revealed the contents of his so-called “deal” with the LPUK, after he joined the party on Sunday.

The MP ran on a campaign under the “Something New!” banner against the Chancellor ToastinRussian in Kent, however, after winning his list seat in the SE region, he joined the Libertarian Party.

In the past kwilson has stood in Buckinghamshire (against seimer, with whom he is now a fellow partyman) and Kent.

The deal with Friedmanite19, the leader of the right wing party, involved kwilson becoming head of the LPUK’s newly reanimated Northern Irish party, called the New Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.

Kwilson also state he “will not be resigning until [he is] ready and not a moment before.”

However, this raises more questions than it answers.

Immediately after the letter was released, some Liberal MPs demanded he call a by election, and even resign.

throwawayravenclaw calling kwilson92 to call a by-election.

Kwilson told the Telegraph that “I have said many times, that i will not rule out a by election but i will do it on my terms.”, practically ruling out a by election in the near future.

Tommy1boys, the Classical Liberal Deputy Leader, also tweeted a response:

So, just to clarify for the people of the Southeast. You made a deal with the LPUK that in return for them admitting you, you would be given power?
There we have it. The people of the Southeast is represented by someone who sold his voters out for power, and refuses to call a by-election. Glad to know this is clear. Something New is the same old. (sic)

tommy1boys, Classical Liberal MP

In response, kwilson said he “wanted his baby back”. This raises the question of where the Libertarian MPs priorities lie, either with the people in Kent & the South East or the people of Northern Ireland.

In response to this question from the Telegraph, kwilson said:

I am elected to represent the people of the South East and i will be fighting for them for the duration of this term.

Then, at 10:25 PM, Vitiating revealed that a petition had been brought to his attention, accusing the MP for the South East of “opportunism”, Vitiate, however, called the petition “opporunisitic”.

The Telegraph has received a draft copy of the aformentioned petition from an anonymous source.

The draft petition calls for kwilson to resign, citing that he ran on a “centre left manifesto” and that he endorsed “radical left wing parties”.

Signatories include members of TLC parties, including the Leader of the TLC.

The Telegraph will keep this article updated as it receives more news.

GEXI: Tories gain as Commons move right

The Conservative Party maintained its position as the largest party in Parliament last night, as it gained 35 seats in the Commons. The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, looks into what could come next.

The General Election came to a close yesterday, as the results were released by YouGov and the BBC yesterday evening, after polling day on Saturday.

The results proved good for the Conservatives, who saw a rise of over 10 seats from the last General Election, in line with predicitions that they would see a rise. Both Labour and the Libertarians saw a rise, as did the Greens, while the Liberal Alliance shrank, likely in response to their rocky government over the last term.

Cumbria and Lanacashire North switched hands yet again, this time being gained by InfernoPlato.

This election also proved positive for the Independent Groupings. New Britain won two seats, and the new Climate Rebellion Group won a seat as well.

How did the Predictions stack up?

The Predictions were quite good, in terms of the National scores. Almost every predicition (except _paul_rand_’s underestimated the number of blue seats), and on average the predictions overestimated most other parties’ seat shares.

Who will be the next government?

The House of Commons has entered ‘Coalition Forming’ mode to allow MPs to swear in and Party Leaders to form blocs for the next term.

Graph of possible MPs (interactive version above), courtesy of zombie-rat

One possible coalition would be a continuation of the current Government (Conservatives, LPUK, Classical Liberals and New Britain), which would put the Government at 62 seats. An often cited possibility is also the ‘Broad Left’ coalition, which would only command 38 members of the House.

All likely majority coalitions, however, involve Conservative participation.

Throwawayravenclaw, the Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader stated they “will not go into coalition into the Libertarian Party” and that they want to work with “ideological partners”.

Comments

The Daily Telegraph asked some party representatives for comments about the results of the General Election.

The Leader of the Conservative Party, Leafy Emerald, responded:

I am very pleased with the results and I am glad to see gains were made all around Britain. Overall, the election result was an outstanding result for us and I am very proud of the work that was put in by all of the members of the party. It was a true group effort from writing the manifesto to campaigning on the issues that matter to the British public.

Leafy_Emerald, Conservative Leader

akc8, the Leader of New Britain, said:

New Britain is very proud to have every one of our candidates win a seat this general election, and builds a great platform for us moving forward. In a tight parliament our two seats could be vital and we will be working to get the most bang for our buck with our seats for our voters in the West Midlands. The whole country saw what we could do with zero seats last term, and we will look to better than this.

akc8, Leader of New Britain

The Principal Speaker of the Green Party also responded:

I am pleased that we have retained the seats we did, and vow to make whatever changes are required to regain faith in our eco-socialist vision

zombie-rat, Principal Speaker of the Green Party

The Daily Telegraph would like to thank zombie-rat for the interactive coalition graphs.

TLC to endorse Climate Rebellion

A leak of TLC chats confirms TLC “election pact”, with endorsements of fringe parties.

An anonymous source has told the Sunday Telegraph that it is likely that the Traffic Light Coalition (TLC) will endorse DF44 on Sunday’s Election.

A leaked screenshot from a TLC Group where Liberal Democrat and Labour Representatives discussing the matter of an endorsement of DF44 tells us many things about the current state of the TLC.

It shows us that the TLC is setting up the infrastructure needed to secure the keys to Number 10 in the next term.In the last election we saw the strength of the “Liberty Bloc” Pact between the Liberal Democrats, the LPUK and the Classical Liberals, which secured 15, 11 and 10 seats respectively . This having brought a  very strong showing suggests the TLC will likely be hoping to replicate this with a similarly designed Pact. This could potentially be a threat to the current Broad-Right coalition which makes up the 20th Government, and raises the question of whether we should expect a right wing pact to counterbalance the left wing pact.

Secondly, it confirms the alleged left wing shift of the Liberal Democrats, which began under Wagbo. under TheNoHeart, the Liberal Democrats were more economically liberal, embracing even the LPUK. But now, after two leaders on the left wing in Wagbo  and Estoban06, it is clear the Lib Dem shift is long-term, and that the Lib Dems will likely find themselves within a TLC Pact in the next election.

Leaked screenshot from TLC group

Thirdly, it shows the influence of the Beveridge Group lead by Wagbo. Earlier this week it was revealed that former prime minister Wagbo would lead the Beveridge Group. his presence in negotiations is very telling and would raise the question of whether a right wing presence, possibly lead by TheNoHeart, has any sway over the party at this time. it raises the question of how long it will take until we see repeats of previous factional conflict that we’ve seen within the party in the past, such as Nutter4Hire’s departure to the Classical Liberals (https://modelmonolith.dudaone.com/nutter4hire-forced-to-resign) from the Liberal Democrats is sustainable.

The Sunday Telegraphreached out to a number of the people mentioned in this article for comment.

DF44 confirmed to us, that he had accepted TLC endorsement providing the following comment:

I’ve had an excellent history working with them in previous by-elections, and we agree on many areas – with the Greens in several areas, with Labour on the need for economic and social justice, and with the Liberal Democrats on the importance of devolution. I’m proud to be able to accept their endorsements and bring a voice to Parliament that will be persistent in reminding us all that we’ve only got 12 Years Left to avoid disaster, and we need to make changes now.

DF44, Leader of Climate Rebellion


South Lancashire, the constituency where DF44 last ran.

Estoban06 provided the following comments in response to questions raised in this article:

The Climate Rebellion Party stands for a very worthy cause. Climate change is one of the, if not the most pressing issues at this minute. Indeed, even apart from climate change, we share many similar views. DF44 is a wonderful parliamentarian, and I can not think of any better equipped to serve Lancashire South. We will be endorsing him in the general election.

I don’t find [the perceived growing influence of the left wing in the party due to factional organisation within the party] worrying. The Executive represents the  views of the entire party and we make sure to take all views into account.

Estoban06, Leader of the TLC


Wagbo provided the following comments in regards to the questions we raised regarding the influence of the Beveridge Group over the Liberal Democrats:

I think that the right is far less organised and far less of a force within the party. If the right were to organise, they’d have exactly the same access that I do – they happen to choose not to. As the Chair of the Beveridge Group, I am pleased that left-leaning Liberal Democrats are well represented and listened to, and I have full confidence in the party Leader.

Wagbo, Former Prime Minister and Chair of the Beveridge Group


The Telegraph attempted to contact a number of members of the Liberal Democrats who are generally perceived to be on the right of their party, either historically or currently, none were available for comment


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This leaked communication raises more questions than it answers. While it is not exactly surprising that the TLC is endorsing the Climate Rebellion Party, could it suggest that the Greens have a larger influence in the Coalition than it may seem to the outside due to the Climate Rebellion party generally being perceived as being within the ideological field of the Green Party? One may also wonder, with the endorsement of one fringe party,. Will the TLC be endorsing other Left Wing Fringe Parties such as the Communist League of Britain? Does the leak suggest the death of the economically liberal wing of the Liberal Democrats, possibly due to lack of organisation? Does it suggest that there is an internal fight for the heart and soul of the Liberal Democrats, being shielded from outside eyes? In this case, silence may be deafening.

One thing we can say for certain is that the left is now uniting, but what will this mean for the future of Britain? What will this mean for the future of the left? What will this mean for the future of Bipartisan Compromise?  And what will this mean for the future of the Liberal Democrats? Only time will tell.

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Tories in lead in constituency polls

The Conservative Party have come out on top in constituency polls conducted over the last term.

The Conservatives will win in nearly 32 of the 50 constituency seats, a preliminary Welman-Gulls poll released today has shown. If the polls are correct, the party would see an increase of nearly 23 from its nine current constituency seats, with major gains from the Lib Dems and the Green Party.

Cumbria, a constituency the Conservatives are predicted to gain.

The self proclaimed “broad church” right wing party would hold all of the seats in its stronghold of the East Midlands (except Nottinghamshire, which the Loyalists are predicted to take back, however as it is likely they will not run, it would then go to the Tories) while making considerable gains in the South (holding all but two seats) and a surprising rise in Scotland, holding half of the nation’s four constituency seats.

Of the other parties, Labour and the Greens are both predicted high seat counts, with seven each, and the Liberal parties are both only predicted two. The Libertarians also see a drop, keeping hold of just one seat in the West Midlands. In Wales, the picture hasn’t changed, with Plaid Cymru holding on to all the constituencies in the country.

The Greens are predicted to gain Birmingham.

However, it should be noted that these polls don’t necessarily reflect what the actual outcome will be. These simply show polls based on term-time activity. The polls could therefore change based on how active candidates are. Furthermore, these polls do not account for the regional list seats, which may even out the balance to better match the National Polling.

When approached on the matter, Conservative Deputy Leader eelsemaj99 said:

“I am very pleased by this polling and excited by the results, it shows that we have many competitive seats and puts us in a good position to pick up seats at the next election.”

eelsemaj99

The Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader throwawayravenclaw also responded to the polls saying:

“[The Liberal Democrats] have faith that a combined effort from the Traffic Light Coalition will be able to produce a good result for the Liberal Democrats and our partners.”

throwawayravenclaw
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This of course presents an interesting concept of a potential TLC “pact” going into the election, with the left-wing bloc working together to provide a unified force against the Conservatives. This would most likely involve a series of mutual endorsements and would increase the TLC’s ability to win seats (with the vote share of three parties per constituencies, rather than one). This could mean that they can gain seats where the right vote is split.

In all, the polls show a rocky start to the election for many parties, but those affected have shown they aren’t standing down from the fight and still see a good result for themselves in the end.


Launch of the Model Telegraph

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