The Fun of Electioneering 221

I just received a phone call from a very nice lady. concerned that the obstacles being placed in my way as a candidate may be getting me down. On the contrary, I haven’t had so much fun in ages.

We sit down to dinner about 10pm every evening after the day’s campaigning, usually about 16 of us, guitars come out, someone strikes up on the piano and we have enormous fun, except for my singing, for which the politest word is loud.

If we didn’t scare the political establishment, they would not react so fiercely to us. We get abuse from party hacks on the street, while the parties are tellingly polite to each other and connive to keep me out of broadcast events. Lots of flak now coming on the internet from Tories, Lib Dems (see the immensely dull Norfolk Blogger) and Greens, and lots of trolls on this website. I might start a flyposting storm to wind them up further.

A prize of twenty pounds is offered to anyone who spots Chloe Smith in public with less than six minders.

Reaction on the doorsteps can only be described as extremely warm – and we have witnessed many instances of outright hostility in public reaction to the political parties. So despite the efforts of overpaid BBC execs to bolster the political parties, something really interesting is happening with real people here in Norwich North. The challenge is to turn that in to action at the ballot box.

Get yourselves to Norwich now – you are missing a lot of fun!

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221 thoughts on “The Fun of Electioneering

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  • Neil

    Maybe I have missed something here, but Tatchell is standing for the Greens in Oxford at the next GE, so he is bound to support old Rupe.

    What I don’t get about the Greens is that, you know, like, trees are great and everything, but they don’t actually get a vote, do they?

    People do, so I support Craig Murray.

  • Abe Rene

    @ Dreoilin

    Thanks, I’ll have a look at those links. It is strange that the country we live in is more fascinating to outsiders. I’ve never been up the London Eye!

  • Abe Rene


    We agree that Peter Sellers was a Master comic. Personally, apart from his performances as Inspector Clouseau, I especially liked his performances (plural) in “Dr. Strangelove” and also “The Party”. He was also very good as a bolshie shop steward in “I’m all right, Jack”. I remember reading a newspaper interview with the late South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard in the 80s in which Barnard said that Sellers could mimic him so well that it was frightening. “Being There” was a more serious film which certainly showed him as a fine actor.

  • Jaded

    Craig, Tony Bliar is now the official candidate to be Euro King. I seriously woouldn’t underestimate the hatred people have for this slimeball. You may get a lot of votes by simply airing that fact, it didn’t seem to make the TV news, and your determination to do your utmost to prevent it from happening.

  • tony_opmoc

    Before I die, I am going to do everything I can to ensure that Tony Blair gets a Fair Trial

    On The Charge of

    War Crimes Against Humanity

    I Believe in EVEN Tony Blair’s Human Rights

    And I Do Not Believe in TORTURE



    I Will Be in Court To Plead That The JUDGE Not Only Spares Tony Blair From The DEATH PENALTY

    But That Every Effort Is Made

    Not Only To Keep Him Alive For The Rest Of His Natural Life, But For ALL Available Technolgy To Be Used To Keep His Brain Alive

    IMPRISONED In His Body

    In JAIL

    So He Can Reflect On What He is Personally Responsible For


  • LPD

    Wouldnt it be fantastic to have Craig in the HoP again, saying all those naughty things he shouldnt be saying, and watching the reaction from the rest of the corporation-backed drones as they shuffle their feet and look at their watches hoping like hell he shuts up.

    Fantasic really, I just wish I lived in Norwich so I could vote and take part in this. Its enough to make me watch the commons debates again.

    Very best of luck sir, you deserve a seat probably more than any other standing MP. Wait, what am I talking about “probably”, make that definately.

    Also big shout to all who are helping with his campaign, good work guys. Myself im not in a position to come help at the moment and that saddens me greatly. I would love to meet up with some like minded free thinking people such as these, and help do something good for this country for once.

    Next time if I find out about it a bit earlier i’ll be there (shame on me for not visiting this site more often).

  • aNNvoter

    Craig, I’m in NN. This seems the only way I can get a note to you.

    You have my admiration as an independent candidate. Why not go to visit more than just the invited events – go to Anglia Square shopping centre; local, delapidated and full of character, and talk to people?

    As you say you’ve had good feedback already, you will be received well by many locals who like me, are fed up with ALL politicians. I sadly believe many people won’t even vote, despite the ridiculous levels of leafleting from the main parties. Don’t worry over a lack of leaflets – as long as one of yours hits the postbox it may rather perversely work in your favour because of Chloe Smith’s & April Pond’s wasteful attempts to woo the public with daily leaflets. They go straight in the recycling with the rest of my rubbish.

    Chloe Smith sits passively smiling at me at the end of my road with no life experience (2 giant signs, eurgh!) and the UKIP party can’t even get it right with their banners as Winston Churchill, though a great man, was only half English.

    On the question of your credentials, I can see you have a varied background and a passion for human rights. However, I wonder whether you really feel strongly enough about the people of NN, rather than just forging a political career. What are your intentions? You’ve been out of Norfolk for a long time and things have greatly changed…

  • Parasite

    “We sit down to dinner about 10pm every evening after the day’s campaigning, usually about 16 of us, guitars come out….”

    I thought there was already a Green candidate in the running. Don’t tell me, lentil soup and a nut cutlet washed down with a really spiffing Romanian Riesling.

    “If we didn’t scare the political establishment, they would not react so fiercely to us.”

    Woo, scary. The political establishment, far from wanting away with you, is grateful for your £500 contribution to the costs of a by-election being fought by the big boys, Mr Murray, and would welcome a similar donation at Glasgow North East.

  • Jon

    @Parasite – there’s quite a few decent interlocutors here who would be interested in a *serious* discussion (jeering does not count, by the way). If you are up for it, do say why you oppose Craig’s candidacy, and who you support in preference. It is probably not unreasonable for Craig and his team to presume that the critical tone of some commentators here comes from stalwarts of the Tory and Labour parties – essentially the establishment that has let us all down, not least in the expenses scandal.

    Do let us know what you think of big topics, like the banking crash, or protecting the environment and building up the Norwich sea defences. How about Iraq and Afghanistan? The war on terror, big business and big finance. Craig has spelled out his views on these (see the video, amongst other things). What are your views on these? What do you disagree with?

  • Simon

    I had a great time leafleting in NN yesterday – only wish I could have stayed longer.

    The reception on the doorstep was positive, and people seemed genuinely interested in an independent candidate.

    Good luck with the rest of the campaign!

  • eddie

    What has the Labour Party (Romans) ever done for us? Today on the BBC and part 94 in an ongoing, but probably futile attempt to persuade posters on this site that this Labour Government has actually done a few decent things.

    “The number of murders, manslaughters and child killings has dropped by 17% to a 20-year low, the annual crime figures for England and Wales show.

    “There were 136 fewer killings in 2008/9 compared to a year earlier, according to the Home Office figures.

    A vote for Craig is a wasted vote. If you don’t want a Tory, vote Labour!

  • paul

    You got a verbal mention on newsnight yesterday, it sounded a bit like an insult to me.

  • Stevie

    You should see the odds on Labour polling 4th place at Ladbrokes Eddie – it could well happen. Having pounded the streets of Norwich for the past two weeks I can confirm that the public are sick of this Government and its lies. The good people of Norwich North are also not too pleased with the way Labour treated Ian Gibson or with their new young upstart, out of town Labour candidate. Craig offers the only opportunity of defeating all the major parties in this election. A vote for Labour will be a wasted vote. I saw Labour canvassers on the trail and they looked shamefull. Their heart was not in it. They may be decent people trying to make their community a better place, but they know all the well that Labour is in a dreadfull state at the moment. Craig has the momentum in this campaign. The people want change and Craig offers them that opportunity.

  • Stevie

    By the way, to clarify my previous post, the odds offered by Ladbrokes of Labour finishing 4th are better (at 8/1) than of them actually winning (at 10/1). Labour cannot win this election. Craig Murray can.

  • eddie

    Stevie – one independent MP cannot possibly offer change. The only change on offer is a Tory government.

  • Chris Dooley

    Craig will bring a welcome change and help restore some hope in what is left of our democracy. And yes, unfortunatly the next government will be tory. Poor ‘eddie’ will be joining the mass ranks on the dole queue. No need for ‘dark arts’ operatives out of power.

  • eddie


    I’ve a very well paid job thanks – better than yours probably. No doubt your quality of life will improve under a tory government, as that is your desire.

  • Laurence

    Craig – May I suggest that instead of the frankly unflattering photo that’s on the poster at, you use the excellent b/w one you’ve got on Facebook? Also, I recommend adding ‘Norwich North’ to the links at the very top of your website, directed to /archives/norwich_byelect/. To make space, get rid of ‘Weblog’ since it seems to the same as ‘Home’. cheers, L

  • james_rh

    “What has the Labour Party (Romans) ever done for us?”

    “I spent two years examining the work of the criminal justice system and found it impossible to make sense of what was happening inside it until the Home Office sent me some internal statistics, which revealed that, with a typical one hundred offences, only three are brought to justice (which means a conviction, a caution or being taken into consideration at sentencing). To put it the other way round: 97% of offences are never dealt with.”

    From ‘Flat Earth News’, Nick Davies, 2008.

  • Ian R Crane

    Hi Craig,

    would still like to invite you to speak at a future ‘Alternative View’ event. The next event is scheduled for 13/14/15 Nov in Bristol.

    Please drop me an Email or call me on 0207 558 8869

    Best of luck in Norwich.

    Ian R Crane

  • MJ

    I too have just seen Craig’s election video on youTube and agree that it is indeed a very professional piece of work. Congratulations to Craig and the team.

  • mary

    Quite agree MJ. I liked the tour round and the pace of it. I thought the part with the jobsworth at Norwich station at the beginning was hilarious. ‘You can’t film here mate. Not over this line’.

    If I was a NN voter I would be definitely be persuaded of Craig’s decency and his honest intentions when he reaches the Augean stables with his shovel.

  • MJ

    Yes, the bit at the station was excellent. I thought Craig and his crew showed great poise and presence of mind to capture it all then continue from the new location, incorporating what had just happened into the dialogue. Couldn’t have been scripted or rehearsed better.

    I see we have been honoured by a visit from Ian Crane. His lecture on the Codex Alimentarius, also available on youTube, is another excellent video. Highly recommended.

  • anticant

    Hi Craig, I’ve just watched your video on YouTube. It’s quite brilliant, and anyone with half a nose for political honesty and sincerity should be convinced by it to vote for you.

    Is it possible to obtain a copy of the DVD in exchange for a donation to your campaign fund? I’d very much like to have one.

    And it’s good to see you looking so well and fresh. Keep it up until polling day, and don’t take a leaf out of Cherie Blair’s book!

    All the very best for your campaign.

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