I decided not to stand in my region, Avon & Somerset as there was already an independent on the slate and I would simply have split the independent vote and let yet another party aparatchik in. This is what happened in neighbouring Devon an Cornwall where something like 10 independents stood. Their aggregate total first choice was something like 30%, greater than the successful Tory who got 6% on first choices. Its the advantage of the party candidate system, the vote does not get split.
Millipede speaks with forked tongue in today's Sunday Telegraph trying to garner a few eurosceptic votes. Cast Iron is off to Brussels for talks to set the coming EU budget. There are 2 options. Cast Iron caves in as before or its put off till after Xmas - the current favourite.