The objective of this campaign is to lobby MEPs to sign European Parliament Written Declaration 81 on improving road safety through the elimination of blind spots around lorries. This is going to take some doing as we need the support of over half of the 736 MEPs. Before you ask we have 72 of them and through the wonders of the proportional representation system we have 8 MEPs from 5 parties that represent the North West of England. That’s 3 Tories, 2 Labour, 1 Lib Dem, 1 UKIP and 1 BNP.
Note that Nick Griffin did not sneak into power, he had the support of almost 1 million people across the North West. I signed petitions and re-posted messages aplenty amidst the Hope Not Hate campaign that I was proud to see the Church of England support.
The fact that the last government was so inept, with its leader particularly so and traditional Labour voters had been cast aside as the New Labour/Tory Lite administration pandered to the bankers and business at the expense of the worker (and those hoping to find work) meant that the BNP with its lies, mistruths and dangerous agenda stepped gratefully into the vacuum. None of the mainstream parties seemed to address the imigration/multicultural issue either.
So I checked the list of MEPs supporting WD81 and 4 of the 8 were in favour leaving 2 Tories, a UKIP and Nick Griffin. The beauty of the See Me Save Me website was that you could find out who your MEPs were and generate a mass mail to them. There was a sample message you could use as a starting point although you were advised to customise the standard as an un-amended version might be discounted. I started mine from scratch then cut and paste the same letter to the 4 MEPs adding one extra special paragraph for the leader of the BNP. I felt strange and uncomfortable asking him for help so I pointed out that my views differed greatly from his. I recognised the mandate he had for power and the fact that he faced up to issues that others ducked.
NW Tory Sajjad Karim replied the following day saying that he would support WD81. I don’t know how I’d feel if Mr. Griffin sent a similar response, though I think it’s highly unlikely. The ends justifies the means I suppose.
Please write to your MEP and ask for their support for WD81