I have just read the election communication of Leo Atreides, an Independent candidate in Brighton Pavilion, or ‘Brighton Pavillion’ as he has remodelled it.
In the cause of fairness, I thought you may wish to get a better understanding of his platform.
“Hear me, Leo Atreides, rally to my cause so that all shall know the love of the Citizens of the Brilliant Pavillion (sic). We must carry the success of our noble grand parents in the quest to undo inherited injustices of the past that made slaves, beggars & scare of common folk”. Indeed. If I had one of those gizmos from the Leaders’ Debates, I know what my worm would be doing right now.
He calls for a “Long Clearing Settlement”, a measure that even Vince Cable is yet to adopt. He says: “The European Central Bank will engage a clearing facility with the development banks of the African Union, Middle East,South America, the Indian subcontinent, Asia and all others to fund adapting to climate change. The facility enables Europe to provide universal €800 TOP UP PENSIONS A YEAR TO EVERY CITIZEN of the Union of 65+ years”. (That’s his emphasis, certainly not mine).
So you get it? Understand how it would work? No? Well, Leo helpfully explains: “To illustrate, a borrower writes a cheque that clears in 50 days to a lender and provides a home as security, the lender allows the borrower to withdraw the sum of the cheque immediately. The borrower pays interest every day, when the cheque clears the debt is cancelled. Instead of cheques we use bonds, instead of a home we use social housing and we use a long clearing period of 50 days”.
Unlike other candidates whose literature records the details of who is promoting the campaign, Leo is promoting hs own. I wonder why?
This blog has consistently advocated tactical voting, mainly against the Tories. On this occasion, I would advocate tactical voting for anyone, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, Conservative, Ian Fyvie of the Socialist Labour Party, even UKIP, to stop the surge that could be personified by Leo Atreides.
A final thought, the 15 minutes I have spent writing this post is 15 minutes of my life I will never get back.