I didn't stay up last night for the results, so there was a pleasant surprise this morning.
The site that is normally first with the news, along with the Comments' Section on www.politicalbetting.com, is Vote-2007, but this site had been down all day so I thought I would go to bed early with a good book - "White Nights" by Anne Cleeves. It's just a whodunit? but I like the descriptions of the Shetland Islands where it's set and this one is as good as her previous novel set there, 'Black Raven'.
So it's another upbeat Friday, and the telephones here are already ringing off the hooks and it still isn't yet nine. As I said earlier this week, we have an overflow line for enquiries, thankfully just for a few days, and although I only do a short stint to cover a lunch break, I am full of admiration for Donna, Jean and the team for their efforts. They must have the patience of Jobe.
I had had enough after just a handful of calls yesterday.
"You should get on TV more"
"Why don't you put out leaflets"
"You never put up a candidate here'
All well-meaning suggestions from people who must think that the Party is ten times the size it actually is.
With some, so full of urgency, it's as though they have just woken up. I feel like asking them what they have been doing for the past 30 years while our country has been taken over. But I just have to bite my tongue.
The membership of the BNP has never worked harder, so it's a bit galling that people who aren't even members are so quick to tell us that we are not doing enough.
I think my lack of enthusiasm yesterday to welcome these enquiries to the fold was noticed, so I expect shall be passed over if there's a call for volunteers today.
I see that Bob Crow's No2eu party will not be taking up their European Parliament seats if they win any in June. You can read the report in this morning's Tribune here.
I'm certain that Bob Crow's lot will play a similar role to that of Respect at the last Euro Elections in 2004.
I was the No.2 candidate in the North West and at the count at Manchester Town Hall, the Respect team spent they whole evening standing around just abusing the BNP candidates and agents. It turned out that they were all anti-BNP campaigners and had no interest in how the votes were stacking up for Respect. They made it quite difficult for us to move around and monitor the counting and were constantly shouting abuse at us. Apart from our security, there was no one official to tell them to behave themselves.
I expect all the UAF people that have been busy campaigning against the BNP in the North West will turn up as counting agents for No2eu. Thankfully our security is well up to speed on all this and will be alerting the authorities about these concerns at a special meeting tonight.