Day: 26/01/2015

10 “Quid Pro Quo” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]

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I think it’s definitely arguable that last week’s Constantine heralded the beginning of what the show should have been from the very start. The biggest shame of all is that it has come so late in its first season. Had it been doing this sort of thing from the very beginning, the axe would definitely not be floating over its head.

And believe me, there is an axe. It has yet to fall, and there is still the chance that it may not, but on balance I think that Constantine is for the chop.

Which, as I say, is a shame. But that’s where we are.

Read on… (and mind the spoilers!)

Kipperwatch! UKIP high command suspend whole Southend council group


Mere minutes after this morning’s blog about Southend UKIP’s merry progress down the road to political oblivion, my attention was drawn to the above tweet. There doesn’t seem to have been any official confirmation yet, but if the BBC Essex political reporter is tweeting it, it’s a good bet it’s true.

UPDATED: It’s official. A press release from UKIP has found its way to my inbox.

I would be amiss if I didn’t point out that I predicted exactly this:

…I can honestly see only two possible conclusions to this whole sorry saga. UKIP high command will be forced to intervene, and either sack Floyd Waterworth as parliamentary candidate, or force the Southend UKIP group to readmit him — which would surely necessitate the threat of expulsion all four other councillors.

I have also heard from my little birds that the selection of UKIP candidates for the local elections has been delayed as a result of this sorry mess.

The state of affairs now, surely, is that despite having five councillors elected under its colours, the UKIP group is now nonexistent. On the other hand, the number of “Independent UKIP” councillors has now grown to five.

I know Cllr Waterworth doesn’t like swearing — neither do I, normally — but even he would surely be hard pressed to disagree, that the only word to describe this chaos is “clusterf**k”.

Kipperwatch! What next for Floyd Waterworth?

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Almost a week has passed since the latest dramatic stage of the Southend UKIP civil war. I am talking, of course, of the unanimous decision by UKIP’s Southend Councillors to expel their Rochford & Southend East candidate from the council grouping. Time has not, honestly, made this look any less shambolic.

I am not even entirely clear on why Cllr Waterworth has been subjected to this indignity. The Southend Echo report contained a line purporting to explain the whole thing, but in its usual style only confused matters more:

It is understood Mr Waterworth, who represents Blenheim Park, has1 been kicked out because he allegedly warned a fellow councillor he would interfere with his chances of getting re-elected for Ukip, a charge Mr Waterworth denies.

So…is that a threat made by Cllr Waterworth? Or is it meant to be that he claimed that another councillor would hinder his own re-election?

I don’t know. But I do know that shambles doesn’t even come close to describing it.