Waiting for the Eastleigh by-election results, I looked through the list of candidates and came across the Beer, Baccy, and Crumpet party. Nannying Tyrants noticed it a week or so back, and put together a few nice pics, one of which I’ve shamelessly nicked.
It was started by 73 year old Ray Hall, who is described as a renegade conservative.
He’s only an occasional smoker, having given up 30 years ago. He once worked as a representative for Gitanes and Gauloises.
About smoking, he said:
Smoking obviously is a health issue. I used to be a heavy smoker myself. I previously worked for Gitanes and Gauloises. I’m not promoting smoking, but my attitude is that smoking is a legal pastime. If people chose to smoke, the Government choose to take the tax from them at an enormous rate then I think they should be treated with respect. At the moment they have to leave the pub premises, smoke in the wind, the rain, in an area that you couldn’t call a building, in an area that might have one side as a windbreak. Personally I think that smokers should be allowed in a smoke-controlled area within the building, if its possible to do that. Provided it doesn’t inconvenience other users and be adverse to the health of other people in the vicinity. It wouldn’t be suitable in restaurants, near to diners, but in the old pubs you used to get a snug, a smoke-room in some of them. If you could have a separate room that was extracted, that would be better for the smokers and it wouldn’t affect the other people that were in there. It would also help the business of the pub, because a lot of pubs closed because people couldn’t smoke there. Old guys like myself, we like a fag and a pint and we can’t do it under the current regime. But we do pay massive taxes.
Occasionally I smoke a cigar. I worked in the tobacco trade as a retailer and as a representative for Gitanes and Gauloises, for 12 years. I stopped smoking 30 years ago, for health reasons. I’m 73 now, fit as a fiddle, I can jump the garden gate. I do enjoy the occasional cigar. I would like to walk into a pub have a pint and have a puff on a cigar, or even my pipe occasionally. I would not class myself as an addict, just an occasional smoker. I’m standing for greater respect for smokers who pay massive taxes.
I’ll be interested to see how many votes he gets. If I was in Eastleigh, I’d have been very tempted to vote for him.
I was a bit worried to see the National Health Action Party. I thought it might be calling for smokers to be shot on sight. But in fact it’s a party of doctors concerned about the NHS being privatised piece by piece. Nothing to do with smoking at all.
English Democrats wanted to stop immigration, and leave the EU. Nothing about smoking bans, but opposition to Political Correctness.
UKIP’s candidate sounded a bit worrying:
Diane’s career spans over 30 years in the healthcare arena – both the private and public sectors; initially as a business analyst and then specialising in healthcare strategy development, innovation and business transformation. She is opposed to the creeping privatisation of the NHS orchestrated by the Conservatives without an electoral mandate.
Diane’s early career was with a succession of major pharmaceutical companies leading to her involvement in a number of key therapeutic areas including transplantation, neurology and pain relief.
Moving to the healthcare agency field in the late 80’s led Diane to establish a new business venture focused on the targeting and customer relationship management needs of the bio-pharma industry in response to then Conservative government’s healthcare system reforms. Over the next few years this led to the launch of corporate government and healthcare policy initiatives for a number of leading organisations supplying the UK healthcare system.
That’s almost the career path of a dedicated antismoker. Although UKIP wants the smoking ban relaxed.
I’m not sure I’d have trusted her. So my vote would have most likely gone to the Beer, Baccy, and Crumpet party.
Anyway the results are now in, and
Others…..2056……500 or so
The Lib Dem and Conservative votes collapsed. Labour increased its vote. And four times as many people voted for the fringe parties. UKIP could easily have won. Perhaps Beer, Baccy and Crumpet stole enough votes off them to prevent them winning? No, it didn’t. Here are the full results:
Mike Thornton (LD) 13,342 (32.06%, -14.48%)
Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 (27.80%, +24.20%)
Maria Hutchings (Con) 10,559 (25.37%, -13.96%)
John O’Farrell (Lab) 4,088 (9.82%, +0.22%)
Danny Stupple (Ind) 768 (1.85%, +1.56%)
Dr Iain Maclennan (NHA) 392 (0.94%)
Ray Hall (Beer) 235 (0.56%)
Kevin Milburn (Christian) 163 (0.39%)
Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 136 (0.33%)
Jim Duggan (Peace) 128 (0.31%)
David Bishop (Elvis) 72 (0.17%)
Michael Walters (Eng Dem) 70 (0.17%, -0.30%)
Daz Procter (TUSC) 62 (0.15%)
Colin Bex (Wessex Reg) 30 (0.07%)
Liberal Democrat majority: 1,771 (4.26%)
Swing: 19.34% Liberal Democrat to UKIP
Electorate: 79,004 Turnout: 41,616 (52.68%, -16.61%)