|Nigel Farage in South Shields yesterday|
It is a strange little place. I saw more people smoking on the streets than I would normally see. Many of the young women were dressed in an overtly sexual manner (even on a cold day) and so, so, many more were pushing baby buggies (without a visible male partner).
There were three Griegs shops on King St which is the main pedestrian thoroughfare and at 1pm the pubs had a good clientele even though it was almost entirely male. The Monster Raving Loony Party were in evidence and apparently 'monstered' Harriet Harman although I did not witness that! I heard about it when they retired to the pub.
The local UKIP candidate Richard Elvin was very enthusiastic trying to get the young to appreciate politics even to understand what was happening but got little response. All I heard everywhere was people discussing Newcastle United and their relegation plight!
Nigel Farage arrived at about 1.45pm and was immediately approached by a small media presence. An interview was set up and at that very moment somebody cycled past and began to vocally recite 'NAZI PROPAGANDA' loudly and repeatedly in an attempt to ruin the broadcast.
That sums up the Socialist Republic of South Shields because nobody challenged him. He had the confidence to mouth off in the full knowledge that nobody would dare to challenge him. He was a berk but at that moment he was the mouthpiece for South Shields.
I only saw 2 people in King Street representing the Conservative party and I did admire them. I never saw a single Liberal Democrat. So to sum up I believe that the state rules in South Shields. As long as they can smoke and drink and Newcastle does not get relegated then all is well. There is no aspiration or ambition.
UKIP are battling for the hearts and minds but when there are few minds it is difficult to win. Don't get me wrong these people are lovely, they tolerate the elderly, they are so generous and I heard one old guy tell people that he had traveled far but South Shields was his home and that is why he kept coming back.
What a shame that they have been so ill-educated that they will still vote for public school educated millionaires who have never worked for a living and probably do not know where South Shields is located or even care. Harriet Harman did not stay long in King Street. She probably could not understand the dialect and after all there was a biting cold wind!