The Matrix

The UK General Election campaign kicked-off today (here), which means that we will now have a glorious 5 weeks of total bullshit before the big day in May. One big issue in this election is whether or not Britain should stay in the European Union. The mostly right wing press in the UK hate the EU with a vengence (particularly all that pesky human rights legislation), and publish all kinds of weird and wonderful things about it. I think the left leaning Guardian was the only newspaper to run this story…

Lords accuse Tories of ‘burying’ review that cleared EU of interference

… which gives a hint into just how much the press and politicians cynically manipulate the public; and talking of burying reports, this story broke last week, and it wasn’t covered by one single mainstream news outlet, and that includes the Guardian

Ministers block move to lift Official Secrets Act for CSA scandal

The Westminster paedo ring is the biggest scandal in British history, and I don’t think they’ll be able to keep the lid on it for much longer (here’s my previous post about it). Also totally scandalous is the fact that the banking industry have not only been allowed to get away with trashing the economy, and were bailed out with eye-watering amounts of tax payer’s money (the greatest transfer of wealth in history), they’ve also been allowed to carry on much as before…

5 U.S. Banks Each Have More Than 40 Trillion Dollars In Exposure To Derivatives

… which means that we could be in for another big crash (I know, I’m all doom and gloom). The politicians and the press are well aware of corruption in the banking industry. Some of it does get reported, and the Guardian have apparently been quite good at this…

HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions

… but what the Guardian, along with the rest of the MSM, never tell you is that “According to whistleblower Nicholas Wilson, HSBC was ‘involved in a fraudulent scheme to illegally overcharge British shoppers in arrears for debt on store cards at leading British high-street retailers’ including B&Q, Dixons, Currys, PC World and John Lewis. Up to 600,000 Britons were defrauded”…

‘A Conspiracy Of Silence’ – HSBC, The Guardian And The Defrauded British Public

Some readers might think I over-exaggerate when I call Fukushima the greatest disaster in human history; after all, if it was that bad surely ‘they’ would do something about it? Well, hopefully I given a small taste here of just how immoral, greedy and stupid ‘they’ are, and how it’s smoke-screened by the media. However, glimpses of reality do sometimes get through the smoke. The Times published this at the weekend:

Japan faces 200-year wait for Fukushima clean-up
The chief of the Fukushima nuclear power station has admitted that the technology needed to decommission three melted-down reactors does not exist, and he has no idea how it will be developed.

There you go, in one short post we’ve had both the worst scandal and worst disaster in human history; but of course my point is that in five weeks time the British public will be casting their vote, and most of ‘em know nothing about any of the above, because they are deliberately not told about it.

Without a properly informed electorate, democracy is just an illusion.

And that, of course, is exactly what ‘they’ want.

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Mermaids and Muons

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) issued a report this week which stated that a muon scan found no fuel inside the No.1 reactor vessel at Fukushima Daiichi (here). TEPCO propose that the corium (melted reactor core) is still inside the reactor’s concrete containment structure. Hmm, all you have to do is look at the incredibly high temperature of a melted reactor core, and then the melting point of concrete, to take that one with a pinch of salt.

TEPCO have been doing these muon scans for a number of months now. Muons are cosmic particles, a bit like electrons, which constantly bombard the Earth. Muons easily pass through most ‘solid’ objects, but a few get absorbed or deflected in proportion to a material’s density and thickness (you know, stuff like uranium or plutonium). Hence, by scanning for muons you can form an x-ray type image of a given object. The reason they have to use such high tech is because the melted cores of reactors 1, 2 and 3 are incredibly radioactive, and any human or robot approaching them will be almost instantly fried.

There are three melted reactor cores lose in the environment, and four years into the disaster, TEPCO still have no clue of exactly where they are. A few years back an EU-funded study concluded that intially Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the environment (here). A becquerel is a unit of measurement that counts the number of atomic disintegrations per second (ie, radioactivity). In relation to Fukushima the numbers are jaw-dropping, and they are ongoing, and will be well into the future. What we are basically talking about here is energy, and an oft used way to describe it is to say that one single becquerel equates to enough energy to flip over a grain of sand. That might not sound a lot, until you look at the jaw-dropping numbers coming out of Fukushima. This energy also destroys living cells. The Pacific Ocean die-offs have been quite well documented by the mainstream media. Here’s three recent reports…

West Coast starfish die-off prompts calls for emergency help from Congress

Starving Sea Lions Washing Ashore by the Hundreds in California

Scientists seek cause of patchy baldness in some Beaufort Sea polar bears

… there could be any number of reasons why the Pacific Ocean has started dying just recently, but of course what sticks out like a sore thumb is that none of these news reports ever mention man-made radiation. Fukushima is the elephant in the room; and let’s get back to becquerels and energy again: two recent Pacific storms, Cyclone Pam and Typhoon Haiyan were category 5 storms; off the scale: there’s never been storms this violent in all recorded history (incidentally, these are all cyclones. The terms ‘typhoon’ and ‘hurricane’ are regional names for these storms). If such a storm hit a heavily populated area the death and destruction would be akin to a nuclear bomb going off. Here’s a standard dictionary definition of a ‘cyclone’…

An atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center, usually accompanied by stormy, often destructive weather. Cyclones circulate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cyclones are formed as warm, moist air rises up from the ocean. This leaves less air left near the surface, and this causes an area of lower air pressure. The air around this region has higher pressure, and so it rushes in to fill the low pressure area. This air also becomes warm and moist and so it rises, too. The cycle keeps going (hence the term ‘cyclone’), until a huge storm develops.

This now brings me on to the bag of ferrets known as ‘climate change’, which I really don’t want to get into because it has become so politicised and so much pseudo science is used by both sides of the debate. Here are some facts that I’ve tried to outline in this post:

1) the three melted reactor cores at Fukushima are pumping radioactivity (ie, energy) into the Pacific Ocean 24/7, and will continue to do so indefinitely.

2) since Fukushima there have been massive wildlife die-offs in the Pacific, the like of which has never been seen before. These die-offs have been quite well documented by the mainstream media.

3) since Fukushima there have been Pacific storms/cyclones the like of which have never been seen in recorded history.

And number 4, of course, is that no one ever talks about these facts…

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In the UK at the moment there seems to be a never ending stream of institutional child sex abuse revelations, both historical and present day. The latest one came out last week: a serious case review, commissioned by Maggie Blyth, independent chair of the Oxfordshire safeguarding children board, said there were grounds for believing that 373 girls had been sexually exploited across Oxfordshire in the past 15 years. The review condemmed Thames Valley police and Oxfordshire social services for not acting rigourously enough to prevent this abuse (here).

At about the same time last week that this review was published, David Cameron, whose Witney West constituency is in Oxfordshire, announced that “Child sexual abuse is to be upgraded to the status of ‘a national threat’, so that it is placed on a par with serious organised crime”. Cameron then went on to say: “… the reforms will herald a culture change and come close to meaning that public service workers would lose criminal immunity if they failed to report or act on clear evidence of abuse” (here). By funny coincidence, the day before the Oxfordshire review was published a story broke about a woman called Louise Chapman, a Witney West councellor who was the head of Oxfordshire children’s services and was legally responsible for child protection during the period when this abuse took place. Chapman is the daughter of Barry Norton, who until recently was the election agent for Witney Conservatives for 20 years, and led David Cameron’s campaign team in three general elections since 2000 (here). Make of that what you will.

Also at about the same time as the Oxfordshire review stuff was published, police raided two homes of the former Home Secretary Leon Brittan. They also raided properties belonging to former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, and former head of the armed forces, Lord Bramall (here). These raids were carried out under Operation Midland, which is investigating historical child sex abuse allegations.

Leon Brittan died recently and is buried in an unmarked grave (here). He was Home Secretary under the Thatcher government in the early 1980s. It was at this time that the first official inquiries were carried out into allegations of child sex abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home, in East Belfast. These inquiries came to nothing. In the decades since then there have been no further official inquiries. Kincora Boys’ Home is, arguably, the most important of these scandals, because allegedly the British state was directly involved in child sex abuse. It is alleged that in the 1970s and into the 80s, MI5 used the Kincora Boys’ Home as a kind of honeytrap for high profile paedos, including leading members of Irish para-military groups. MI5 secretely filmed these acts of child sex abuse, in order to give them a hold over the high profile paedos (here).

In the last year or so, what with all the other child sex abuse scandals coming out, there have been calls for a proper inquiry into sex abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home. Last month, Amnesty International Northern Ireland called Kincora “one of the biggest scandals of our age” and backed the victims’ calls for an inquiry with full powers: “There are longstanding claims that MI5 blocked one or more police investigations into Kincora in the 1970s in order to protect its own intelligence-gathering operation, a terrible indictment which raises the spectre of countless vulnerable boys having faced further years of brutal abuse” (see link above).

The problem is that the Westminster inquiry set-up by Home Secretary Theresa May only covers England and Wales. Northern Ireland and Scotland are to have their own separate inquiries, but they won’t have the statutory power of the Westminster inquiry, and won’t be able to force people from MI5 and the Ministry of Defence to testify under oath, or to force them to hand over documents. Last month a victims group were granted a judicial review into Theresa May’s decision to exclude Kincora Boys’ Home from the Westminster full statutory inquiry (here). This review will take place in June. In the meantime, Theresa May has recently set-up a new panel for the Westminster inquiry, and still refuses to add Kincora to the panel’s remit (here). Here’s Chris Lyttle, who represents the East Belfast constituency, talking about it all recently in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

My previous post about institutional child abuse, including more indepth on Leon Brittan, can be found here.

Anyone reading this blog post who has information about what went on at Kincora Boys’ Home, or any of the other sex abuse cases, should contact ExaroNews.

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Fukushima 4th Anniversary

In early May of 1986 a friend and I were on a hiking holiday in the far north of Scotland. This was a week or so after the Chernobyl reactor No.4 blew its top. We were hiking along the coast and there were dead birds everywhere, piles of ‘em. Scotland, of course, got a heavy dose of fallout (it was only very recently that restrictions on the sale of lamb in certain parts of Scotland were lifted. These restrictions were put in place because of radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – here). And so on to a video, shot a few days ago on a beach in California by Kevin Blanch, who’s a hardcore anti-nuke activist.

Dead birds on Pismo beach 3/10/15

On this fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster it might be interesting to see how some of the media have covered it. The New York Times regurgitated a Reuters piece which concentrated entirely on the 2011 earthquake, with only one brief mention of “the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant” (here). The Guardian also took a similar line, concentrating on the earthquake and tsunami that killed 18,000 people, but the Guardian did, using the past tense, say “a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant”. They also said: “In the four years since the disaster, more than 3,200 people, many of them elderly, have died of illnesses exacerbated by their living conditions, suicide and other causes, according to government records” (here). For some different reporting you have to go to News24 in South Africa: Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%. Incidentally, South Africa is the only country in the world that has unilaterally given-up both its nuclear weapons and nuclear power (good old Nelson).

Perhaps the most breathtaking coverage of the anniversary came from France24, who began their piece with: “Fukushima and Chernobyl – names now synonymous with one thing: nuclear catastrophe. But, as Japan marks the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on Wednesday, French experts say the two events are far from being on the same scale” (here). France24 then go on to explain that Chernobyl, which was a partial meltdown of one reactor, one third the size of those at Fukushima, and was contained within weeks, was worse than three full size commercial reactors at Fukushima, one of which was running MOX fuel and suffered a catastrophic explosion, which have been in complete, ongoing meltdown for four years now. Go figure.

A recent academic study shows that News coverage of Fukushima disaster minimized health risks to general population. Meanwhile, in Japan, a large number of people are living in areas of high radiation, equivalent to the zone in Chernobyl where resettlement is compulsory (here). The Welsh Daily Post also delved into this: Wylfa B: Why stories from Fukushima are a warning for Anglesey; surprising, because the mainstream rarely report honestly on the Fukushima disaster; but there again, I suppose having a nuclear power station built in your region concentrates the mind wonderfully.

“Radiation, in its simplest terms – figuratively, literally and chemically – is poison. Nuclear explosions in the atmosphere are slowly but progressively poisoning our air, our earth, our water and our food. And it falls, let us remember, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, on all peoples of all lands, regardless of their political ideology, their way of life, their religion or the color of their skin. Beneath this bombardment of radiation which man has created, all men are indeed equal.”

John F. Kennedy, 1960

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The Caldicott Symposium 2015

Organised by Helen Caldicott, it was a two day event, Feb 28th and March 1st, held at the New York Academy of Medicine called ‘The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction’, and was billed as: ‘A unique, two-day symposium with an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues.’

This wasn’t a bunch of activists sitting in a church hall, yet the mainstream media did not give the Symposium any coverage at all, despite how relevent it is to events in the Ukraine. The so-called ‘alternate media’ also completely ignored it, the only exceptions being Libby HaLevy from Nuclear Hotseat, and Kevin Blanch from the Post-ignorance project. This lack of coverage perhaps gives some indication of just how tightly controlled the media now is, alternative or otherwise. If the public had a better understanding of the issues involved, the scales might fall from their eyes with regard to the manipulation and propaganga that’s peddled by the likes of NBC, the BBC and ABC, whores one and all to the military industrial complex.

You can find a complete list of speakers, the subjects covered and video of the entire Symposium here.

I’m honing in on just two of the speakers, with regard to the Ukraine crisis: firstly, Bill Hartung, from the Center for International Policy, giving a talk called ‘Inordinate Power and Pathological Dynamics of the US Military Industrial Complex’. Secondly, Robert Parry Investigative Journalist, Consortium News – ‘Ukraine and the Human Factor : How propaganda and passions can risk nuclear conflagration’. Each speech at the Symposium ran to about 20 minutes. YouTube will no longer allow me to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes unless I give them my telephone number (ha!), so I’ve had to do the speeches in two parts:

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The Pacific Ocean and Geoff Palko RIP

Due to ongoing computer problems I haven’t been able to do much on this blog, but thought I should give some kind of update on the Dana Durnford saga.

In my previous post about this, Assassins and Asylums, I related how a Canadian guy called Geoff Palko became by far the biggest sponsor of Dana Durnford’s ‘Expedition for Life’, and how Palko had a nervous breakdown last September and turned against Dana & Co, calling them scammers. After a short stay in a mental hospital, Geoff Palko seemed to recover. However, he stayed in contact with those who have been doing everything possible to discredit the Expedition for Life. Sadly, Geoff died on Christmas Eve (here). Apparently he killed himself. Geoff’s illness and death has been shamelessly used as a further way of discrediting Dana & Co. Most of the attacks have come from a YouTube user called ‘connectingdots’. This person remains totally anonymous and claims to have served in the Canadian military. This person has in the past been banned twice from YouTube for defamation. Inbetween advising subscribers on how to make money from buying and selling silver, this person has relentlessly put up videos attacking Dana’s Expedition for Life, and trys to implicate the rest of the anti-nuke brigade in it. This person has plastered these videos all over the internet (do a search for ‘Geoff Palko’ and you’ll see what I mean).

The Expedition for Life started last summer and to begin with Dana was accompanied by his son and two friends. However, for months now Dana has been on his own, except for his dog Zoey, up in the far north coastal waters of British Columbia, which at this time of year means facing subzero temperatures and frequent storms. Dana is documenting the damage that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has caused to the tidal zone. You can find the photos and videos on his web site, The Nuclear Proctologist (warning, heavy bandwidth)

I used to live in British Columbia and I’m familiar with the coast in this part of the world. I can see from Dana’s photos that he’s right: most of the life in the tidal zone appears to be missing. Dana used to work as a commercial diver in these same waters. A diving accident left him crippled. During the Expedition for Life he lost his wheelchair overboard and now has to get about on sticks. Dana also had a bad fall during stormy weather. He lives hand to mouth on whatever donations come in from the anti-nuke brigade, and most nights he has to sleep on the boat. Here’s a recent video that he’s put up on YouTube. The boat, by the way, was bought and paid for by Geoff Palko…

You can find Dana’s YouTube page here. With regard to the death of the Pacific Ocean, here’s a post I made about it more than a year ago: 20,000 Isotopes Under the Sea. The situation has got much worse since then. I’ll let Dana explain, in one of his weekly spots on the Rense Radio Show…

Dana Durnford, Rense Radio Show 19th Jan 2015

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La La Land

Over the last three months I haven’t been very active on this blog. This is not only due to the fact that I’ve been writing a book but also because I continue to have computer problems. This, of course, hasn’t stopped the world from getter madder and madder. One of the funniest/bizaare things of late was the North Korean hack on Sony Corp which by funny coincidence completely dominated the world news just as the Feinstein Report into CIA torture was released. This report heavily implicates the British security services. MI5 and MI6 have been totally out of control for a long time now (James Bond is fiction, you know); and talking of reports, the British government is still blocking the Chilcot report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Tony Blair must be wetting himself.

Exaro News continues to be the only media organisation seriously investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse and murder within the British Establishment, although the rest of the media have put Prince Andrew in the spotlight just recently. If you want to know who some of the alleged child abusers are, you can find my post about it here.

Then there were the horrific murders in Paris yesterday. It’s provoked much talk about freedom of speech and how we in the West value our rights. In Britain, people don’t have any rights, and don’t seem to realise the horrendous, 1984-type laws that have been passed in recent years. If I tell a British person, for instance, that peaceful demonstration is now illegal, and habeas corpus has been thrown out the window, they’ll probably laugh at me, but it’s true (here). And there’s yet another gobsmacking law going through Parliament as I type this. It’s called the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 2014. Amongst other things, this Bill will allow the authorities to take away a British person’s passport, to refuse a British person entry to the country and puts a statutory duty on colleges, schools, prisons, probation providers, police and councils to ‘prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism’ (here). All well and good you might say, if it prevents terrorism, but who decides which people are ‘extremists’ or ‘terrorists’, particularly with MI5 and MI6 now being so corrupt? The problem with all these laws that have been passed in recent years is that they can be so easily abused.

In the wake of the Paris murders the usual monkeys have jumped on the bandwagon to stir-up racial hatred. UKIP’s two main strands are unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and mass immigration forced on the UK by the EU. Well, all laws in the UK are given the final nod by the House of Lords, which is an unelected body (and which, by the way, still alledgedly contains some of the aforementioned child abusers), and the UK never signed-up to the Schengen Agreement and has complete control over its own borders. The reason, of course, that most politicians maintain the lie is because big business wants cheap labour. As I type this the NHS is actively recruiting nurses in Spain and Portugal. This is because British nurses are quitting in droves due to the crap pay and conditions. The Health and Social Care Act (2012) removed the government’s historical obligation to provide health care for its citizens and prepared the NHS for privatisation; ie, so that big business can make bucketloads of money out of it. This is all being done without the consent of the British public.

The immigration issue is shamelessly used by politicians of all stripes to deflect attention away from the economic crash, which was caused by a bunch of spivs and barrow boys in Wall Street and the City of London. These spivs and barrow boys have never been held to account for their crimes, because they own most of the politicians. Instead, the plebs get spoonfed ‘austerity’ and are told about the ‘recovery’. Britain and America are both completely bankrupt. They now owe so much debt that it can never be paid back. The vermin at the top of the tree are stealing everything that’s not nailed down before the lie collapses.

This brief run-through of recent events hopefully gives some indication of just how totally rotten and corrupt the system has become. I’m aware that some readers will think I’m un-patriotic, or one of the looney left, or whatever. Don’t believe the illusion peddled to you by the mainstream media (and I wonder who owns the mainstream media?). I’m a true patriot. I don’t live in La La Land. I want to take my country back from the vermin.

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The Iberian Job

Writing a memoir is always an interesting and exhausting process. In effect you are re-living it all and talking about it, the good the bad and the ugly. It’s a bit like being on the psychiatrist’s couch. Writing my latest memoir, The Iberian Job, has been a struggle against adversity, a bit like the story it tells, which covers the years 2000 to 2007. I’ll let my final part of the book do the talking…


I was almost afraid to write this memoir. My trepidation arose from the run of bad luck that became a feature of the Iberian Job. Indeed, when I started this book in September 2014 my usually reliable Apple Mac gave up the ghost and died a death. At the time I was short of gainful employment and didn’t have the funds to get the Apple Mac looked at, or to get a new computer. This memoir starts in 2003 with me accidentally dropping my laptop onto the deck of a cross channel ferry. The laptop, a Compaq Armada 7400, just about kept going throughout the Iberian Job. In the years since then I never got rid of this computer and kept it in storage. I pulled it out of storage when the Apple Mac died, and yes, you’ve guessed it, the computer still worked. This book was written on it. Should I once again ponder on circularity?

There were other things as well: just before I started writing this memoir I lost all internet connection in my apartment. I had to use the internet connection at my mother’s house for research purposes. Then, in early December 2014, just as I’d completed the first draft of this book, my auntie Rae unexpectedly went back to the UK to live. Finally, I had mega problems uploading and compiling the paperback version of this book. I’m no stranger to the process, yet for unknown reasons the publishing software refused to allow me to upload the book file.

As the old saying goes, break a leg…

The Iberian Job

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More Memoirs

I’ve been quiet on this blog for the last month, because: A) my internet connection has been up the wall, and B) I’m writing the third volume of my memoirs, which is called The Iberian Job, after a mad business scheme I launched in 2003 (I do like a mad business scheme). The Iberian Job covers the years 2000 to 2007, which was a time of great upheaval and turbulence for me. Anyone reading the finished book will probably think I’m making it all up. I’m not, as those who were there at the time can testify.

The biggest problem I’m having with this memoir is that it’s the first one to deal directly with family members who are still alive. That’s always a tricky balancing act. This is particularly so with my family, whom Channel Four could make a documentary about. I’ve always said that you could write a book about my family, and one day I probably will.

But this memoir is not it. The Iberian Job is about my own somewhat extraordinary story, when I left London in 2003 bound for Portugal. I’m trying to keep as neutral as possible about the part family members had in it all. I’ve also changed a lot of the names of other people and places to avoid getting my arse sued-off. I’m on schedule to complete the final draft of the book early in the new year.


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UKIP surfe sur la misère

Last Thursday, 9th October, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), won its first parliamentary seat. The winning candidate was Douglas Carswell, who shortly before the by-election had defected from the Conservative party (here). I’m not going to bang on about UKIP, because readers of this blog will be well aware what my thoughts will be. Instead I will try to give a French perspective on it all; and bear in mind that in the Front Nationale, France has their own version of right wing, bigoted a-holes. The following English translation is from a piece in Le Monde, one of the major French newspapers. The press in France very much tow the establishment line, and I think I can safely say that Le Monde is on the left side of things. The original article is titled A Clacton-on-Sea, le UKIP surfe sur la misère

In Clacton-on-sea, the UKIP prospers on misery.

It’s hardly believable at first glance. How reality can be so close to a grotesque caricature? On Pier Avenue, a stoned tramp totters by an old, toothless chap hunching over his Zimmer. Over the almost deserted wharf, rows of tawdry fruit machines wobble in the beat of ancient disco tunes interspersed by blaring ads for retirement houses. In the Jaywick quarter, shabby bungalows shelter, on the seashore, the outcasts of the English economic surge, over a background of marine breeze and seagull chirps. Welcome to Clacton-on-Sea, the seaside resort north of London where nobody spends their holidays anymore since the 80’s. The most hoary and most forlorn English town, center of the constituency which elected Thursday the first MP of the UKIP, an anti-european and xenophobic party.

Douglas Carswell, aged 43, has been ruling over this town, torn between poor retired and disgraced young people, for ten years. This charismatic MP, elected in 2005, has tantalized the party of the PM David Cameron when it announced, August 28th, that he would resign his charge and wholeheartedly join, together with his supporters, Nigel Farage’s UKIP, thereby causing a new election. Comfortably confirmed by 60% of the votes, his triumph represents a perilous precedent at eight months of the general elections.

Matter of fact, it is difficult, in the streets of Clacton, to find a pedestrian that does not vote for Carswell. “He’s unlike any other politician. He tackles our problems,” explains Bryan Marshall, 37 years old, a security officer with decayed teeth, who sees in “immigration and indue claims for social allowances” the major evils plaguing his town. “The flow of Romanians
and Poles who overcrowd the place just to draw on the dole,” adds Peter Even, about sixty, wearing a tracksuit. Hurry-scurry, one blames the EU “that funnels the English money”, the potholes never fixed, “the politicians who have forgotten us”, the street lightning that goes off every day between midnight and 4 am and increases nocturnal fears.

Right in front of the station, in his brand new GQ, the MP handles the gaggle of journalists with the quietness and authority of a general on the field. A photo of Gandhi, inviting the watchers to put words and acts in accordance, stands as a foil amidst various maps of the constituency highlighted with fluorescent markers. If one dares to relate the UKIP to the French “Front national”, Douglas Carswell chokes: the comparison seems “wrong, offending and lazy” to him. Ultraliberal, he doesn’t expect much from the State and plaids for a “radical localism”. “I’m neither a warmonger nor a protectionist. I love McDonalds, modernity and free trade.” Nativism? ”A trash concept, particularly when it consists in rousing people to fight against each other in order to be elected. No country can win without immigration,” he brags, while he still demands that “the government chooses who can ingress and who must egress. The UK is a big nation, but it is ruled by a clique of Conservatives, an oligarchy that cannot be punished when they are derelict in their duties,” says the defector who believes “passionately” that the UK must quit the EU.

This straddling stance, betwixt ultra-liberalism and the defense of Clacton’s indigents – eking out their lives on pensions or allowances – does not seem to nag the local population. “People follow Carswell like sheep,” dares a seventy years old, conservative-friendly man, speaking anonymously. “I dislike the EU, but I despise what the UKIP upholds, that populism which reeks of Marine Le Pen [the leader of the French National Front]. Carswell has canvassed the town, unfortunately, and I don’t see how he could be defeated.”

Back on the shore, the calicos of the UKIP candidate have blossomed above a rundown hotel. His conservative adversary, Gilles Watling, formerly a sitcom actor, has a more lukewarm position on Europe, recalling how much the EU represents in Britain’s economy. But, he notes, especially targeting the eurosceptics, that only the Conservatives have promised a referendum on the exit of the UK from the EU. ”Douglas is quite a local figure. People vote for him, rather than for his party,” he puts forward, trying to comfort himself.

Indeed, Mr Carswell had gained popularity as a Tory MP, constantly badgering for greater local powers, so as to recruit more practicians or hinder the settlement of families living on the dole. He had his hour of glory when he pinned a thief against a wall and congratulated the police on Twitter for rushing in. In some building entrances, stickers with his face show the motto: “I help you to fight crime.”

A huge building stands right in downtown Clacton: the former theater “Century”, now transformed into the “Gala bingo”. Inside, pervaded in a rancid odor, a few old ladies spend the afternoon in a vast and almost empty playroom. Without even looking at each other, they listen to a recorded voice that drones on and on the various figures they check on their bingo cards. Outside, a bevy of young unemployed slouch against the walls. A tattoo salon neighbors a wheelchair shop. In Clacton, the UKIP has found its promised land.

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