England Watch asks this question in all seriousness.
In the 2013 County Council elections in Kent last year the EDP managed to get 24 names on ballot papers, unfortunately for the party, and even more so for Mr Uncles who is now in the middle of a court case, not all of them actually existed.
This May the EDP intends to field ten candidates in the South East Regional List for the E.U. elections.
Before these elections there are two other elections taking place in Kent, in fact they are in the former EDP stronghold of Dartford, home of said Mr Uncles. One may expect that the EDP would stand in these local elections as part of its preparation for the E.U show a few weeks later.
One of the most frequently pushed accusations by the party is that it is deliberately ignored by the Media! Surely therefore it is even more important to fight as many of these local elections as possible to counteract this and to show the party name in as positive light as possible?
Could this failure to stand in these two elections be put down to a cock-up or to human error? It would seem not.
Since the electoral disaster of last May there have been ten local council by-elections held in Kent, four of them in Dartford, yet the EDP has failed to stand a candidate in a single one of them.
In a way it is understandable that no one has stood, with the continuing repercussions of last May and the on-going court-case it would be a very foolhardy individual that would risk the inevitable, ‘guilt by association’ label that could be attached to them.
The EDP are still highlighting the fact that they won the Mayoralty in Doncaster in 2009 but that seems a long, long time ago now.
A lot of good people have left the party since then and a lot of bad decisions have been made by those in charge!