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May 4th Local Election

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Well the votes have been cast and are in the process of being counted.

Already we know that the Tory’s are leading in number of seats gained. A fair few from UKIP but even more from my party Labour.

I cant say that I am surprised by the collapse in the UKIP vote. Their Reason Detra  was a referendum on leaving the EU. Which thanks to David Cameron they got. And being the smaller party in favour of leaving the EU they were pushed to the sidelines in the sidelines int eh campaigning, and weren’t even the first to be spoken to when the result went their way.

The man who is Mr UKIP has stood down from the leadership. Ok not straight away their was a little tooing and froing where he was leader, then he wasn’t, then he was, then he wasn’t again.

Now UKIP’s leader is a man who’s bullshitted about having mates die at Hillsborough. Is under investigation for election fraud after claiming to live in a house that hadn’t been lived in for years to stand in a by election. A by election caused by Tristram Hunt stepping down after being offered any historians dream job.

So UKIP are being sent so far wholesale back down the hole they came from. And, to be honest it has been a long time coming and more then welcome.

As for leader the vote has held so far in wales and only dropped 65 seats in England as i write this.

Not a lot of seat given there’s over a thousand up for grabs this election. But, enough that councils have been lost and as I write one new Regional Major is a Tory.

I have to be honest here, I didn’t vote for my party this time. The first time in my voting  The person standing for my party in my area is someone I have no respect and in fact don’t like. I voted for an independent candidate. A woman who has held both local and county council seats for our area for over twenty years. A massive feat given that normally to get elected in our area all you have to do is wear a blue rosette.

I personally have know this lady for most of the time shes held her seats. My mother was elected to the local council in the same election and as the only Labour councillor she was basically an independent and worked very closely with all the independents. And this lady was the best of the bunch. Slightly annoying and in your face, but worked bloody hard and got the job done.

So on a local level I deemed my vote was best to go to the person who has a long track record of doing right by her constituents and gets things done, over someone who only joined a political party in their dotage and claims that peoples homes don’t exist cause their not easy to get to.

There will more then likely be another long post about the election when its all said an done, but in the mean time I’ll be Volunteering in my local Citizens Advice Office with one eye on the results and one on the training I’m doing to become an advisor.

Maddie McCann

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Ten years ago today a young girl disappeared from a holiday flat while her parents where getting drunk in a bar some distance away. Since then the world has been divided as to the role her parents played in her disappearance.

A lot of people myself included believe that the McCann’s are to blame whole heartedly for her disappearance and  if the poor child is dead then they have her blood on their hands.

How can so called intelligent people believehat it is OK to not only leave young children alone in an apartment in a different country, they where in a different building a good five minute walk away from the children.

My parents never left my siblings and I alone until as the eldest i was in my mid teens and had enough sense to be able to look after the younger two. the youngest of which was nearly in double figures.

For the last ten years people have debated back and forth over whos to blame and whats happened to the child. One thing everyone can agree on is that it is heart breaking that a young girl has gone missing and is alone in the world.

People have refereed back to other case of missing children where the parents have been dragged over the coals and very heavily investigated before being cleared of having anything to do with the disappearance.

From what has been reported the McCanns haven’t had the same invasive look at that others in their situation have.

A lot of people believe it is because of their jobs. One a GP and one an eminent heart surgeon.  This may or may not be the case. But from the reporting it has been far more positive of the parents then in other cases.

For instance Ben Needlehams parents where dragged through the mud when he went missing and yet they didn’t do anything wrong. He was playing in a family members garden when he was taken, with members of the family close by.

The McCanns where neglectful and didn’t do everything in their power to keep their children safe.

I have always thought that they should have had the twins taken off them until which ever child protection agency has completed a full investigation into them, concluded they where safe to have children. Its whats happened in other cases so not this one.

As for the twins what sort of life are they being made to live where they are constantly in the shadow of their parents hunger for media coverage. No one seems to be thinking about the twins and how their lives have been affected by their sisters disappearance. They where so young when it all happened that quite possibly the only memories they have off her are news reports and their parents ignoring their health and well well being to appear on the latest show who wants an interview.

While I cant imagine the pain of having a child taken and never knowing if they are a live or not. How that messes with your head or anything else, there are still two children who need to live a normal happy life. One where they are the centre of attention every once in a while and not always in the shadow of a sister they cant remember.

All this is before you consider the cost to us the tax payers. £11 million, in the last few years just for Scotland yard to be involved. Money which while I’m sure any parent in that situation would say had to be spent. But, in the grand scheme of things £11 million to re hash everything that has gone before with no new leads is a waste of public money?

How many police officers could have bee  trained and hired with that money? How many other investigations have fallen by the wayside because funding was being sent to Portugal rather then being spent at home?

How many other children have gone missing in that time who that money could have been used to find?

And then you get headlines like this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467832/Met-interested-proving-McCann-parents-innocent.html

And this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467832/Met-interested-proving-McCann-parents-innocent.html

And this:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-theories-kate-gerry-10342011

 

And this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/madeliene-mccann-parents-kate-gerry-british-portuguese-police-fell-out-daughter-missing-operation-a7714736.html

 

None of it makes for happy reading, and the comment sections are full of people arguing about what happened that night and the motives behind both the press and McCanns for keeping it in the public view all the time.

My son who was born 18 months after she disappeared knows who and what was involved that night through it being on the television.

No one will ever know what truely happened that night. We cant while lies are being told and people wont take responsibility for their actions leading to this unfortunate event.

All I can say is that it will take a lot to convince me that the parents haven’t had a major part to play in what happened. And lets be honest here in this day and age what idiots leave three very young children alone in a strange place so they can go and get pissed?