Dear Nick Griffin…

Via the Save A Cyclist campaign on Facebook I was made aware of a See Me Save Me campaign set up in memory of Eilidh Cairns a lady cyclist who was killed by an HGV in North London.

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

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About holmesinho

Happily married father of 2 living in Prestwich 5 miles north of Manchester, England. I cycle most days though mostly commuting and also enjoy running and triathlon.
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8 Responses to Dear Nick Griffin…

  1. livinginabox says:

    Email letter sent 5th Feb.
    Positive replies (yes have signed) from:
    Catherine Bearder
    Sharon Bowles,
    Keith Taylor,

    Sympathetic (but no signature) response
    Nirj Deva

    No response whatsoever as of 10th February from:
    Nigel Farage
    Peter Skinner
    and
    Marta Andreasen

    • Amoeba says:

      These servants of the people never had the decency to reply.
      ANDREASEN, Marta: UKIP
      FARAGE, Nigel: UKIP
      SKINNER, Peter: Labour

      • holmesinho says:

        I wouldn’t expect them to respond to everybody as they have rather large ‘constituancies’ if thats what they are to be called. To be fair, those 3 you list must have replied to someone as they have refused to sign. There are still some question marks on the See Me Save Me website where presumably there has been no response, and as of 11th February that includes the lovely Mr Griffin.

  2. holmesinho says:

    Thanks Boxy
    Skinner and the 2 UKIPs (along with all UKIPs) have refused. You’ve got to try though.

  3. holmesinho says:

    Response from Nick Griffin’s office, erm Thanks Nick …….

    Dear Nigel Holmes

    Thank you for your email regarding Written Declaration 81 on improving road safety for unprotected road users.

    Nick Griffin has asked me to reply to you on his behalf.

    Road accident statistics show clearly that unprotected road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are put at risk because of the vision blind spots associated particularly with heavy goods vehicles. The emails and letters sent to this office by constituents contain heart-rending accounts of the loss of a loved one in a tragic road accident, and it is evident that their grief is exacerbated by the knowledge that the accident could possibly have been avoided with the installation of simple vision-enhancing devices on heavy goods vehicles. This is why Nick Griffin was pleased to add his signature to Written Declaration 81.

    The time frame allowed for Written Declaration 81 expired on 16th February 2011 and unfortunately, only 323 of the required 370 MEP signatures had been attained. A derogation (postponement) of one month has been granted however, which gives the Campaign team one further month to try and persuade another 47 MEPs to sign the Declaration. The “See Me, Save Me Campaign” which raised the Declaration has, moreover, served very successfully to highlight the risks posed by heavy goods vehicles, and it has also generated a significant level of support.

    Any loss of life that may have been preventable is unacceptable and it is the duty of those in authority to take all possible steps to ensure that the risk of injury or death is kept to the absolute minimum level. In Nick Griffin’s view, that duty to protect cyclists rests squarely on the shoulders of our elected national government and it is the British Ministry of Transport that should be leading the way on this issue.

    Nick Griffin will be monitoring this issue closely and will be pleased to support any future national or European Parliament initiatives which seek to improve road safety for unprotected road users.

    Kind regards

    Tina Wingfield
    Constituency Manager
    For Nick Griffin, MEP

  4. PETER LOMAX says:

    I had some fun with one of my representatives. The gist of it was:

    Please sign.

    No – I don’t think WDs are effective; I’ll be finding other ways to support this initiative.

    Oh. That’s interesting – please tell me what other ways.

    Ah. Slight change of heart. I’ve signed.

  5. holmesinho says:

    Loving your persistance Pete!

  6. PETER LOMAX says:

    I know – I was so pleased.

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