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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, June 19, 2004
    Signs and wonders

    Well, I found it. Norris Green, Cornwall. In the deep Tamar valley rising steeply north of Saltash. Unlike here, that Norris Green community has a road sign announcing their presence. Though I missed it on my first pass through the cluster of houses which would fit quite neatly inside one of the smaller crescents on our estate.

    There was little activity when I passed through, inside the commuter and school run times. But signs of political stirrings - there were UKIP signs up all over that stretch of the country in Euro Election week. UKIP took 22.56% of the vote in the South West, twice their previous share, and had two additional members elected.

    I still struggle to grasp the meaning of 'independence'. It seems elusive, unattainable (as well as undesirable). For instance, if the UKIP have their way will the England team be withdrawing from Euro 2008? Or will they leave that to their performances in the qualifiers? Just wondering.