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February 24, 2010

Orthographically challenged English Democrat alert

Filed under: Politics — syzygy @ 12:19 pm
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In a recent blog post, Dean Lacey who is proud to say he’s English and is apparently standing as a PPC for the (new?) English Democrat party introduces some interesting new ways of perverting the English language such that many primary school children could have made a better fist of the job. I don’t however honestly think I could vote for someone who fails to grasp the importance and primacy of the English language whilst loudly proclaiming to be proud to be English. If Mr Lacey wants to convince me that it’s time for change, then he could reasonably begin by sorting out his spelling, failure to correctly capitalise proper nouns, and to adequately deploy punctuation. Anything else I might have missed? Oh, yes, Mr Lacey, if you want to voice my opinion, you’d better sort your act out and make sure you can articulate (and correctly spell) words with more than two syllables that don’t just constitute platitudinous slogans…. If this is amongst the best that the English Democrats can do in terms of prospective parliamentary material, they’re doomed from the word go….



  1. I see its personal attack time, I am pleased that the education that this government has supplied me with humors you. I am confident that my dedication to improve our current situation will far out way your need to criticize me personally and to make public and personal attacks.

    The art of “Living room” critics is of course skillful and i am sure that your approach to improving the quality of life for residents in Medway is valued by very few. I am of course always open to a debate regarding policies in Medway and thank you for your point of view.

    Dean Lacey

    Comment by deandem — February 24, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    • Thankyou for your illuminating response Dean. I do find it curiously ironic that you care so little about England that you fail to grasp the fundamentals of its language and how to use it. This is not, I would contend, a very good starting point for a career in politics, a profession in which language, and, moreover, the careful and judicious use of language, is paramount. While I am truly gratified that your dedication to improving the current situation is uppermost in your thoughts, however my experience of politicians and wannabe politicians is that with one or two notable exceptions the only cause they are truly interested in furthering is their own. I supppose I ought to be crushed by being categorised as a “Living Room” critic, but it occurs to me that if even us lowly Living Room critics (albeit those with marginally influential blogs such as this) can prick the veneer of your vanity, you are in for a rough old ride in years ahead….

      Comment by syzygy — February 24, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  2. Thank you for your reply, i understand your comments and take what you have said on board. I also understand that i will be in for a rough ride, this rough ride will of course be from other candidates and or MPs who feel my strong approach to a better England will not benefit them financially or otherwise. Career politicians are everywhere and feel strongly against Ordinary people like myself who refuse to roll over. Whilst i make every effort to do my best for the under represented people of Medway i also acknowledge i will be the victim of personal attacks. After many years serving with the Armed Forces these personal attacks only strengthen my argument for a better England. It is of course your right to comment on anything you wish and i hope that you would be sensible enough to focus on the issue of being ” Proud to be English”.

    I have taken an Oath to protect our country and our citizens and have also hold the Oath Of Office, something i do not take lightly. If being open for criticism is something i will have to face in order to represent the people of Medway, i happily accept.

    Best Regards
    Dean Lacey PPC
    English Democrats

    Comment by deandem — February 24, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    • I am undecided as to whether to vomit or cite Boswell’s Life of Johnson. On mature reflection, the latter would be more appropriate (from Vol. II):

      “Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” But let it be considered, that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self-interest.”

      I will leave it to you to decide which of those particular polarities you represent.

      Comment by syzygy — February 24, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

  3. I am sure many of us formers soldiers are rather disgusted at the attitude of some.However i am sure you have the residents of Medway interests at heart when you mock. Thank you for your points, and as stated earlier i would be happy to discuss policies when appropriate.

    Comment by deandem — February 24, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

  4. I began to enjoy the jovial tone but now find this insulting and un called for. Mr Lacey desrves more respect for serving our country in a way you could only wish for. He has been respectful and polite and you continue to patronise. Im a Tory but still have respect, you appear to be lacking much more. Good for you Mr Lacey

    Comment by J S — February 24, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  5. You can “respect” extremists till you’re apopleptic and it won’t cause me to miss a beat. Just because someone did a job at one time in their lives doesn’t give them carte blanche to respect for the rest of their lives, doubly so when they move into the arena of politics. And, let me add, for a journalist, your arguments are slacker than your spelling. I’m suprised they let you in the door at the BBC, but I guess it shows just how much the Corporation has been dumbed down in the wake of the Hutton whitewash.

    Comment by syzygy — February 24, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

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