Eccentric group eager to recruit rival Boris
Leader claims London mayor ‘is in the wrong party’
A CANDIDATE standing for parliament in Uxbridge and South Ruislip on behalf of the Eccentric Party has said he is desperate to recruit Tory rival Boris Johnson.
Crucial Chris Dowling launched his campaign in the borough on Monday at the Crown and Treaty pub, in Oxford Road, Uxbridge.
He said he could not wait to bump into London mayor Mr Johnson, adding: “I want to give him an Eccentric rosette. He’s in the wrong party. He should come and join us.
“I’m willing to stand down as leader of The Eccentric Party and invite him to be leader. He’s right round the bend and perfect for our Eccentric movement. He can lead us on the road to nowhere, a road he knows only too well.”
Mr Dowling’s policies include putting superglue on lip balm to fight obesity and 10 per cent off phone bills for people who stutter.
He also supports the creation of a ‘virtual Parliament’ so that MPs can work from home, saving money and allowing the historic building to be used as accommodation for the homeless.
The Eccentric Party of Great Britain was formed by Lord Toby Jug, who spent 27 years in the Monster Raving Loony Party and is a protégée of legendary leader Screaming Lord Sutch.
Mr Dowling was not the only candidate to throw his hat into the ring this week. James Jackson, an expatriate living in France and without the right to vote in the UK, also announced his candidacy for the general election on May 7.
His campaign is focused on giving British citizens living abroad the right to vote in their country of origin.
Mr Jackson, 71, who left the UK in 1996 to work in the Falkland Islands before retiring to live in France, said: “Due to the law preventing Britons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting in elections, I, along with thousands of others, am disenfranchised.
“Strangely, there is nothing in law that prevents me standing as a parliamentary candidate.
“This Kafkaesque situation means that, theoretically, I could win a parliamentary seat and take my place in the House of Commons, despite living abroad and not having a vote.”
According to the Electoral Commission, there are currently some 5.5 million Britons living abroad, of whom only around 20,000 are registered to vote.
Mr Jackson said the majority of these ‘disenfranchised Britons’ have strong links to their country and still hold British passports, UK bank accounts and pay taxes on their income from UK sources.
He previously lived in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, working as treasurer of the former Colwyn Borough Council, before becoming internal auditor/treasurer for the Falkland Islands government.
He said he chose to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip because he wanted to run against London mayor Boris Johnson, who also supports giving expatriates the right to vote, and to raise awareness of the issue.
Boris skips debate – see page 6. GRAFFITI vandals who defaced an ambulance in Hayes have been branded ‘dirt bags’ and ‘idiots’ as Twitter users reacted with horror to the ‘mindless’ act.
London Ambulance Service operations director Jason Killens tweeted a photo of an ambulance covered with the tag T.17 in huge letters on Thursday, March 19.
He said the NHS vehicle had been vandalised overnight at Hayes Ambulance Station, in Church Road, and an LAS spokeswoman confirmed it was working with police to identify the culprit.
Mr Killens’ photo provoked a storm of outrage on Twitter at the act.
Allison Brizburk wrote ‘What dirt bags’, while in a more florid response @ PolicingFuture fumed: “Dunning-Kruger effect, scrawler didn’t notice their miscalibration of their own incompetence”.
Steven Brace called the culprits ‘mindless idiots’, and Daye Boyle declared cheekily: “No prizes for guessing what the “T” stands for...”.
It is not the first time vandals have targeted emergency vehicles, sometimes even while they are in action.
A firefighter in Northamptonshire tweeted that it had once happened to a fire engine while the crew were busy tackling a blaze.