Good afternoon. I hope this finds you well, and that you’re having a pleasant Christmas so far.
I should like to thank you for your support and donations in 2013 and 2014. Without you, J4MB would cease to exist. Particular thanks must go to the sterling individuals who’ve provided practical support – offering useful advice, working on the election manifesto, maintaining the party accounts, liaising with the Electoral Commission, sending links to interesting materials, maintaining our YouTube channel, and providing a host of other important services. I thank Ray Barry and Ian Young, who’ll be standing for J4MB in Broxtowe and Sherwood, for their hard work and enthusiasm.
Thank you all.
It’s been a hectic but successful year. The number of blog ‘hits’ tells us we’re reaching a large audience – in the UK, and beyond – and our YouTube channel continues to attract more followers with each passing month.
Tomorrow we hope to load onto our YouTube channel a BBC radio discussion originally broadcast about seven weeks ago. It mainly consists of a discussion about the ‘gender pay gap’ with Lorely Burt, a Lib Dem MP. I informed her she was talking rubbish on the subject, after which her voice became a little strangled.
She sneered at hardworking men, which seemed a little rash for a woman who won her seat (Solihull) in 2010 with a margin of just 175 votes more than her Conservative rival. Perhaps, like Gloria De Piero, the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, who I’ll be challenging on May 7 – she got only 192 more votes than her Lib Dem challenger in 2010 – she believes she can retain her seat despite displaying contempt for the male voters in her constituency. We’ll see how that goes for them both in May, shall we?
With each month that passes, we’re attracting more media attention. The Daily Mail recently ran a piece on our challenge of Gloria De Piero in Ashfield, and two weeks ago I was interviewed for two hours by a senior journalist working for a leading international news magazine. It’s expected the piece will be published in January.
We firmly believe that with the television exposure we’ll be receiving on election night, our fight for the human rights of men and boys – as well as those of girls, denied access to their fathers – will start to move up to a whole new level. Whatever happens on election night, rest assured that soon afterwards we’ll start focusing our thoughts on the 2020 general election. I personally plan to carry on fighting general elections until 2030 at the earliest.
With less than 20 weeks to go before the general election on 7 May, we’re putting the final touches to some of our campaign plans. We’ll be doing a lot of door-to-door leaflet drops, and engaging with the public in numerous ways.
There are almost 200,000 registered voters across the three constituencies we’ll be contesting, living in around 117,000 households. At no cost to political parties, the Royal Mail delivers one item of campaign material to every household in the week or two before polling day. They’ll be delivering a punchy piece of literature from J4MB to all 117,000 households.
A highly-regarded documentary film maker will film us campaigning in a busy outdoor location in one of our target seats in March. In connection with this, we plan to order a stand, 10’ wide and 7’ high, with images on both sides. We anticipate roughly equal numbers of pedestrians walking past both sides. On one side we’ll have a design based upon the one which created a great deal of interest when used as a poster in a Post Office:
The stand we wish to order would cost around £3,000, and it’s towards this target that I am asking you for a donation today. The stand would make a very strong statement, and help stimulate public and media interest in the run-up to polling day. We’ll be able to change the graphics over time at little cost, and the stand has a lifetime guarantee. We plan to make extensive use of it before and after the 2015 general election. Please help us fund it. You can do so here. Thank you for your support.