The Purple Party

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G P Taylor - Ordained Anglican Priest, Author and Broadcaster - 10th Dec 2012 on joining UKIP

"I am not an activist, just a member, but I am involved. I no longer whine and moan about the state of the country, I can now do something about it.

It has been hard not to vote for the party I had supported since my youth. Sadly, it had changed beyond recognition. No longer is it a party of the people. No longer is it a party of Yorkshire. Politicians appear to be out of touch with the needs of this vounty. We are expected to mindlessly return MPs to the Westminster gravy train without question and then have our county ignored for the rest of their term in office."

Almost two years later: G P Taylor ' Why UKIP is no longer a party for ordinary people'

"What made Ukip different was about to change. In Westminster, many of the professional politicians suddenly saw their futures in jeopardy. Recklessly, Farage overlooked selected candidates to put in place the very people the grass roots of Ukip were suspicious of. Gravy train politicians wanting to keep their nose in the trough were sniffing out Ukip faster than a pig with a truffle.

Even though the first Ukip MP was elected, a committed former candidate was overlooked to accommodate Tory defector Douglas Carswell. He was sacrificed on the altar of media profile and of bloodying the nose of David Cameron."

So has local hero/villain GP Taylor a former candidate for UKIP been left battered and bruised?

SN 18/10/14 -  UKIP expect to make major inroads at Scarborough Town Hall next year – and believe they can unseat Tory MP Robert Goodwill. The claims come as the party revealed it already has a candidate lined up to contest every ward in May’s council elections – including a magician.

It will be the strongest assault on the town hall to date by the party, which last week doubled its presence in the chamber after Whitby’s Mike Ward joined its ranks. But local UKIP chiefs say they expect that figure to rise considerably come May. “I would be very happy if we got six or seven seats, and can expand from there,” said Ken Hordon, chairman of UKIP’s Scarborough branch.

“I think it’s achievable and we will go all out to do that, and I’m very confident that we will get it. We are going to be tactical voting, and we are targeting particular wards we can win.”

One of the possible big name scalps eyed up by UKIP is council chief Tom Fox, with the party fielding a “very strong” Filey candidate in his Weaponness ward. And the party insists it has a chance of dislodging Robert Goodwill at the General Election, although a final decision on the candidate is yet to be made, with a party vote due in the near future.'


a blast from the past ;->

Oh OK @ Graham - water under the bridge - enjoy your battle against the trolls and good luck:



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Another One Bites the Dust

Another SBC Tory Councillor defects to UKIP :

at the rate the Scarborough News (Johnston Press) is promoting  UKIP news the question is has Johnston Press defected from the Tory Party too?

it is expected that at least six UKIP candidates will win seats at the Boro  elections in May 2015. Still there are 50 seats up for taking ... if you get more than two people in a political group you can have a group leader and claim more in expenses and allowances.  So should any other new political parties consider joining in ... feel free, not many colours left.  Oh, and come on you Greens!  get with the Reds ... a Rainbow Cabinet ...

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What nex't for GP Taylor?

After his political career with UKIP coming to an end local author GP Taylor (does he still sit on a school Board of Govs?) provides the Yorkshire Post with some 'purple'/'populist prose: (Apologies to Yorkshire Post I was only going to copy a line and link, but for once GP Taylor says rather a lot of interest ;-)  

"GROWING up on a council estate in Yorkshire, reading wasn’t a priority in my early life.

The school I went to was at the end of my street and I saw it as a place of incarceration rather than education. It was foreboding, loud but easy to run away from. Especially when I was asked to be an angel in the Nativity play. The last thing I was going to do was put on wings and a dress....

My main problem at school was that I could quickly see the link between reading and formal education. What it certainly wasn’t was fun.

The books I was given were dry, boring and out of date. Janet and John were a couple of middle class kids who got to do things that I knew would never happen in my life. I certainly didn’t want to read about them.

All changed for me when a copy of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was pushed into my hands. The teacher had faithfully read the book to my class every day. She had enthralled and terrified us with the adventures in Narnia. Now, she expected me to read it for myself

From that moment on I was hooked. My life changed with every book I read. I could escape the confines of my council house and go on mind adventures as I turned the pages of any book I could get my hands on.

So it really pains me to see that my beloved Yorkshire is falling behind the rest of the country in its level of primary school pupils reading.

The reasons are complicated and not easily solvable, but something has to be done to reverse this frightening trend in educating our children.

I believe that traditional reading is being killed off in primary schools by a desire from Government to use the education system as a political tool.

Teachers have become the whipping post of blame and schools are being forced to compete with each other as if they are rival businesses.

League systems put schools in conflict and do not take into consideration the financial, cultural and social considerations of the catchment areas of each school.

It is very easy for a school in a leafy suburb to do well when most of the children are from middle class families where reading is promoted at home. Dreaded faith schools are oversubscribed and seen by parents as the next best thing to private education.

What has to be understood is that there are significant areas of Yorkshire that have a high level of social deprivation. Reading in these areas isn’t second nature.

Parents of children may themselves have issues with reading and possibly don’t value the purpose of education.

I recently visited a school where parents turned up in pyjamas and dressing gowns and there had been an incident of heroin dealing in the playground.

How does the headteacher there cope with government pressure to meet what I believe are meaningless targets?

A school day is a crowded and busy event.

Where once it had a leisurely pace and the school set the curriculum for the needs of the children, now teachers have to cram in a varied and often frantic timetable.

Again, this is often done to please government desires and placate the gargoyles of Ofsted.

My belief is that it is this which is slowly killing of the passion for reading.

Politicians often jump on the bandwagon of the three Rs. Yet, they never allow teachers enough time to teach them.

As a writer, I often get invited into schools to promote reading. Sadly I have noticed that there is a significant North-South divide. For every one invite in Yorkshire, I will get 10 from schools south of Doncaster.

I also see that many schools in the South have developed times of day when the only things on a desk is a book. Teachers and pupils read together in silence.

It is an almost spiritual experience to be in a school where 300 children are all reading at the same time.

There are many reading schemes that turn children into readers. In my opinion the best is Accelerated Reading.

In my travels I can spot an AR school as I walk in through the door. Their motto of “every child has a book and every child is a reader” really works.

Solving the reading crisis isn’t going to be easy, but action has to be taken now.

The Government has to get rid of its suspicion that teachers aren’t doing a good job. League tables have to be scrapped.

Children have to be given time in the school day to read.

Head teachers have to stop turning libraries into IT suites without books and parents have to understand that they are just a big a part of the education of their children.

Reading starts in the home. A home without books is a home without a heart."


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UKIP's latest local plot

to usurp those mighty democratic seats of power and influence:


Nope, can't  see Bingo's papers being thrown out cos someone couldn't remember their name ... what's in a name eh?  Must be all that luuurve in the air ....

Play the Ball and not the system?  Hmmm

Had a good old fashioned natter with Bingo the other day ... that was a private political conversation  ... but worth having. He was actually quite erm, 'jolly' .   GLA


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Lunatics Of the Assylum ...

11:00Tuesday 03 May 2016

The jury did not take long to reach its verdict: I stand convicted of being an idiot.

I wasn’t always an idiot and perhaps, in the early stages, I could be forgiven for the naiveties of youth.

More worrying, however, is the failure of my in-built horse manure detector, so necessary for living in Britain today. You see, I became a teacher in the 1970s and I subscribed to all the wonders of Progressive Education. The philosophy preached the integrated day (key topics lost in an amorphous lump of ‘social studies’); creativity and project work.

More recently, a fair-minded, remainder bookshop purchase (Ban this Filth! Ben Thompson) has forced me to confront my sneering attitude to Mary Whitehouse. She may have been round the bend, but not everything she said was without substance.

If you don’t believe me, try watching any pop music channel and see how permissiveness has resulted in young women’s bodies being exploited, exactly as Mary Whitehouse predicted. Specifically, check out the videos of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj or Miley Cyrus.

And then we come to Mr Blair and his Weapons of Mass Destruction.

I wondered at the time about the flimsiness of the evidence, but I told myself that there must be something else, something he could not tell us about.

But there wasn’t and I believed him. What an idiot! Now we have Austerity. It was Economics I could understand: if you can’t afford something, you stop spending. So we put up with libraries closing, pot holes the size of tank traps and cuts in benefits. Surely, that had to work.

Have you seen our current account deficit? It is £1.5 trillion. But don’t worry –“We are all in this together”. Unless, that is, you are loaded, in which case you export your lolly to Panama and leave the idiots back home to pick up the bill. Any hope of rehabilitation? Actually, no. I have no desire to become one of those people who begin a sentence with, “Of course, you can’t believe a word s/he says...”

Still naive then, I believe that being an idiot is preferable to know-it-all cynicism."

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The Filey Finish

"In 1811, Hinderwell described Filey as “a small fishing-town eight miles south of Scarborough” and he was rather puzzled why it seemed to be so stuck in the past. After all, its “beautiful and spacious bay” was protected “by an extraordinary ridge or mole of rocks called Filey-bridge” so that it made “an excellent harbour”. Moreover, Filey’s superb shore sands, which ran in a crescent for nearly three miles, were “esteemed the finest on this part of the coast”. With such perfect natural advantages both as a port and a sea-bathing resort, why had Filey, unlike Bridlington or Scarborough, remained only “a small fishing-town?”.

Hinderwell had nothing but the highest praise for the people of Filey. Nearly all of them lived by fishing and they were remarkable for “their sobriety and industry, their cordiality as neighbours, and their inter-marriages with each other”. Aware of the genetic dangers of in-breeding, two hundred years later, we would be more cautious than Hinderwell of such a small community inter-marrying with each other...

"Hinderwell concluded his brief description of Filey as it was in 1811 by telling the reader that the lord of the manor there was Humphrey Osbaldeston Esq. of Hunmanby and that as such he had “a right to the fishing to a small distance from the shore”. Perhaps he did not know that by ancient custom a representative of the lord threw a javelin into Filey Bay and where it entered the sea then became the furthest limit of the new lord’s free fishing rights.

Neither did Hinderwell try to explain a puzzle that has long baffled many historians and antiquarians. Why did a community, settled almost entirely on the south side of a steep-sided ravine or “deep chasm”, have their only church and its graveyard on the opposite north side? Until a local authority boundary change in 1889 St Oswald’s stood in the North Riding and its parishioners lived in the East Riding along what became Queen and Church Streets. St Oswald, king and martyr, is one of the patron saints of fishermen, but in the late years of the twelfth century the Black Canons of Bridlington Priory built his church in what was a most inconvenient place for its lay population. One explanation might be that, as at Whitby and Scarborough, the parish churches came to appear isolated and remote because the earliest settlements they were meant to serve were once adjacent, not distant. Was this also the case at Filey?"

"We are asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up new ward boundaries across Scarborough.

The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 45 councillors in the future: a reduction of five.

We are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 45 councillors. We need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.

Below, you can see the current ward boundaries for Scarborough.

You can submit comments to us or upload a document by clicking on the 'Have your say' link at the top of the page. You can also draw your own boundaries and annotate the map by clicking on the same button.

There is plenty of information to help you make a submission in the 'Useful links' section at the bottom right of the page.

This consultation closes on 4 September 2017."


"7:55am 28th June 2017

Filey's MP Kevin Hollinrake has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

Mr Hollinrake, who was re-elected as the MP for the Thirsk and Malton constituency at the general election earlier this month, was previously the PPS to David Lidington MP when he was Leader of the House of Commons.

A PPS is appointed by a minister to be his or her assistant. He or she is selected from backbench MPs as the 'eyes and ears' of the minister in the House of Commons. It is an unpaid job but it is useful for an MP to become a PPS to gain experience of working in government..."