DID YOU feel the Earth move yesterday? It could have been the UKIP promised political earthquake perhaps?
Whatever your views on the anti-European Union UKIP, what could not be doubted during polling day yesterday was the fact that they were the only party with any visible presence.
The party had two giant poster billboards at prime sites on Hedon’s main road and several posters being displayed across the town in people’s windows. Other parties may have had posters and boards displayed, but blue, red, amber and green seemed to be in shorter supply.
UKIP party member and Hedon Town Councillor, Terry West, spent several hours yesterday outside the Methodist Church talking to voters as they left the polling station.
A political party talking to voters!? In modern elections – cynically speaking – that is something normally only seen when candidates are standing for their own seats.
Terry West wasn’t standing yesterday – but displayed an enormous enthusiasm for his party. Other parties were absent.
Mr West’s support for the euro elections might be considered ironic – UKIP is standing for Europe in order to pull out of it – but his presence certainly added some colour and excitement into what otherwise would have been a humdrum election.
Pundits – dependent on their political persuasion – have expressed disappointment or delight at UKIP’s surge in support in the election results last night. Whatever your view – is that a tremble I hear in the distance!?
There were nine other parties standing in the Yorkshire & Humber area yesterday:
An Independence From Europe
British National Party
Note: Ray Duffill, Editor, offers a personal comment and view of Euro Election day 2014.