Monday, 3 May 2010


The last few days have been really hectic. The final "Leaders Beauty Contest" on Wednesday evening, (see posting below), was preceded by the Chronicle & Echo hustings for Northampton North, at the County Cricket Ground. The press gave it to the Liberal Dems, although I got a good mention in the paper, as an Independent, and many present said that I made the most impact.
Since then we have been hitting the pavements and knocking on doors, all over the constituency. Well received everywhere, and a fair number of posters up, particularly around Lumbertubs. Telephone calls coming in from voters, to chat before sending off postal votes or pledging to vote on the day.
With the opinion polls continually fluctuating, the overall result in the country is too close to call.
In Northampton North the Lib Dems appear to be scurrying around all over the place, saying it is a "2 Horse Race between their hopeful  and a  Tory. As I have said before, there are 9 horses in this race, and favourites can often be obstructed, or stumble, and let a lesser favoured entry past the winning post first.
It was interesting to see that the Chron rated Tony Clarke, the Independent Candidate, a clear winner in the Northampton South hustings debate on Friday, with Tory  second. No doubt the Lib Dems will say it is a "3 Horse Race"!
Just for the record, there are 10 candidates there!
We shall be very busy tomorrow as we have requests for many of our leaflets from well wishers who want them for display purposes, and of course knocking on doors.
We expect little rest this week, fighting the cause of independence and open politics for the people. Will try to post daily!

Friday, 30 April 2010


Well, the big debates are over. Last night we watched "Call me Dave", "Gordo", and "Cleggie" battle it out in the last TV showdown. Thinking about it, it reminded me somewhat of the final tour of the "Rat Pack" (Sinatra, Martin, and Davis).
All three would be superstars arived in separate limos with their entourages, then took centre stage together.
Opinions are divided as to who came top of the pops, but my mind wandered during the closing summaries of each "vote for me", and I imagined how they might sing themselves out.
Gordon should exit first, warbling My Way, "And now, the end is near, and as I face the final curtain" etc.
Young Nick goes next with I'm forever blowing bubbles, "they fly so high, nearly reach the sky, then like my dreams they fade and die" etc.
Finally, Smoothie Dave looks straight into the camera and sings to his supporters with much irony:
 "It's the same the whole the whole world over,
  It's the poor what gets the blame,
  It's the rich what get's the pleasure,
  Isn't it a bloomin' shame?"

 He then swaggers off with the aside "Bullingdon Club anybody?"

I willl be giving you all a campaign update later.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Pounding the pavements in Parklands

Team Mildren were out in force today (Tuesday), in Parklands, my patch as Independent Councillor on the Borough Council. Excellent timing, as our Royal Mail leaflets had been hitting the doormats this very morning.
We were very well received, and instantly recognised. Much encouragement for being an Independent, and most residents agreed that it is up to the electorate whether or not they want a hung parliament, and not Party Leaders.
In all my years of campaigning, I have never been so well received on the doorstep.
We have been receiving messages of support from residents in Lumbertubs, Headlands,  Kingsley, and Boughton Green. They have all been impressed by our leaflets and are looking forward to seeing the team on the doorstep.
Early start to campaigning in the morning, and the Big Event Chronicle and Echo Hustings at the Cricket Club at 7.00pm tomorrow night.
And so to bed!

"Start the Week"

Monday 26 April was a good day for the election campaign. We received reports that  the Election Communication leaflets  have already started arriving on doormats in Northampton North, and on a visit to Lumbertubs , some were already visible in windows. Telephone callers have advised that they have already sent off postal vote forms, voting for me.
It is evident that the  "Three Parties" have not succeeded in shutting all other candidates out.
I shall be out with the team tomorrow, knocking on doors and spreading the word that the voters are free to vote for whom thay chose, and if that ends up with a hung parliament then it is up to the elected members and parties to address responsibly  the hand that the electorate will have dealt them.
I find David Cameron somewhat arrogant in the way that he appears to instruct the voters that they must not vote in such a way as to result in no overall control. We need to remind him that the voters are entitled to vote exactly as they wish, and if necessary it is up to the politicians to work responsibly in some form of coalition for the benefit of the nation as a whole.
Nick Clegg is in danger of displaying delusions of grandeur, issuing his wish list, when it is unlikely that the Lib dems will end up with much in excess of 100 seats, if that.
Meanwhile poor old Gordon Brown seems to be in denial, pretending that the Lib Dems do not exist, and that it is only the mean spirited Tories that stand in his way.
No wonder everyone is telling me that they are getting fed up with the three parties banging on, promising a lot of jam tomorrow, when we don't really know the full extent of our financial problems.
Will report back in the next twenty four hours about the reception during our door to door canvassing

Monday, 26 April 2010


We have just finished a hectic weekend of electioneering. 39,300 leaflets were delivered to the Royal Mail on Friday, and should be falling through letter boxes over the next few days. The team spent much of Sunday in Kingsley, and were well received on the doorstep, particularly in Park Avenue North.
The Brown, Cameron, Clegg presidential style "beauty contest" being played out nationally should not overshadow what is actually happening on the ground  in Northampton. In Northampton North, the Lib Dems are claiming it is a 2 horse race when there are 9 runners! Abacus required? With the number of candidates and the volatility of the electorate, this seat might be won with as little as 30% of the vote. Our canvassing indicates that voters are supicious of all parties, and are looking to independent candidates who will apply common sense and champion their worthy causes. The race is on, and it is wide open..
Fun and games in Northampton South, where the Borough Council confiscated a banner erected by Tony Clarke, the Independent favourite to usurp the Tories.
Apparently, an unnamed complainant reckoned that it was planted on Council land.
Owing to utter confusion at the Council, who could not prove that it doesn't belong to the householders who gave permission, the Council have now returned it and it is standing proud again.
Liberal Democrats have voiced concerns that some of their "stakeboards" have been spirited away. However, there are said to have been no complaints to the local constabulary!
It's all to play for now, and our campaign is on a roll!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

It's all kicking off now !

A lot of work is required of  Independent Candidates at General Elections, in order to comply with deadlines for authorisation and printing. No big party machines on hand !
However, the Malcolm Mildren campaign is under way.
The three party leaders' glamour contest last week has resulted in three leaders now trying to"take lumps out of each other" rather than two.
Now, the nation's press appears to be raking through Mr Clegg's dustbin, and it will be interesting to see the results.
The second great debate is tonight, and I suspect that the Clegg bubble will not escape unscathed. The Liberal Democrats are under more scrutiny than ever now, and this bubble may well burst before 6 May.
There is a mood on the doorstep that is tired of the current politics, and many are saying that they will be voting for  independent candidates. There is a big hustings meeting at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, next Wednesday, 28 April at 7.00pm, for Northampton North. It is being organised by the Chronicle and Echo, and I believe that all candidates have been invited.  I shall be there, and the public can turn up on a first come first served basis.
Should be fun!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

They're Off!

At last there is some activity on the General Election front. Northampton University is holding a Question Time debate tonight at the campus. The University Debating Society states on its website that it has invited "SOME" candidates from the Northampton North Constituency to answer questions.
Who decided which candidates should be invited, and which should be "exvited"?
The candidates for the following parties will make up the panel:
Lib Dem

Well, that's interesting! Why, because at least 2 Independents have publicly declared their intention to enter the fray in Northampton North, including yours truly Malcolm Mildren ("Mildo" to the Chronicle and echo).
Unfortnately I shall not be able to swell the audience, as I am going to the Martin Bell meeting at the Central Library this evening. 
Independents will be a force at this election, particularly in Northampton. Former MP Tony Clarke is to stand in Northampton South, where it appears that Labour may be putting up a "paper" candidate.
What fun! Let battle commence.