The sun was out for the dryest April for many a year and despite the disappointment of not winning a seat in the Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council elections a sunny smile was on all the local UKIP activist faces. The local party had more candidates standing than ever before and the results showed the continual growth of the party in the constituency. Our constituency vote doubled, the average vote in each ward we competed in doubled to 7.2% and new members joined.
It was a great campaign and I will not forget the conversation with one Labour spokeswoman who agreed with me that local democracy is very important and Councils should carry out the wishes of the people otherwise the people will feel they have no part in determining their future. However, the true nature of the inner Labour dictator came our when I said that if she agreed with the quote from Thomas Paine "governments must have arisen from out of the people" why does she accept the EU dictating to Councils on such things as the landfill directives and forcing 3 or 4 bins on some of Chester's constituents? Her response was priceless Councils need to be told what to do by a larger organisation otherwise they wont do it? Ah Paines second part of his quote came to mind "governments must have arisen over the people". Ah the art of Stalinism is alive and well in the Chester Labour party.
Well done to all those elected and I hope you will do a good job for your wards for be rest assured UKIP will be watching you and reporting on your actions.