• Grown-ups win the US election for Donald Trump

    When Donald Trump moves to the White House in January, those of us who genuinely believe that the world is a safer and more hopeful place because of a strong United States of America will be breathing a sigh of relief. This is more of the same relief that we felt after 23 June when we won the fight to pull our own nation back from the brink of extinction.

    The fears expressed by the snowflake millennials and political bed-wetters of the social democratic sludge that have masqueraded as leaders - as amplified by an out of touch mass media – are, in themselves, ample proof of everything wrong with our pre-2016 societies.

    Of course, the hope now is that this possibility of freedom through self-determination is a feeling now strong enough that other western countries will want it for their own people. Time and elections in Italy, France and Germany will tell.

    So where did the Donald Trump’s victory come from? Well, I am no expert in US politics but I do know that over recent decades, well-paid jobs in industry and agriculture that put food on the table have been replaced by long-term unemployment or badly-paid service industry jobs. I also know that the recession of 2008 that devastated so many lives here in the UK devastated millions more lives in the US. Donald Trump offers hope to all those families.

    It is a characteristic of grown-ups to respond to hard times not by accepting that nothing can change, as the Clinton campaign suggested, but by taking a step outside our comfort-zone and seeing what can be done to fix something that has broken.

    A simple glimpse at the following:

    • spiralling crime figures,

    • increasing levels of child poverty,

    • terrorist threats,

    • lack of resources to look after older generations in the way they deserve,

    • high unemployment figures,

    • low wages,

    • high benefits dependency,

    • denigration of the efforts of our service men and women,

    • horrendous levels of violence against women and girls,

    • hopelessly inadequate mental health services,

    • ever increasing drug dependency (both prescribed drugs and proscribed drugs)

    • inability to ever afford a decent home,

    • shocking suicide rates,

    • food poverty,

    • fuel poverty,

    • punitive environmental taxes,

    (the list goes on and on but you get the picture)

    reveals the true legacy of the same-old, same-old social democracy and globalisation that has ruined the dreams of the post war generations. The snowflakes and bed-wetters are mourning this legacy. So do not concern yourself about them.

    Democracy is a system designed by grown-ups for grown-ups, and grown-ups are taking back control. The US and the UK have always had a lot in common; we now have even more in common. We are showing the world that when something is broken it needs fixing.



  • Turbulent times

    Readers will have seen my view on the party leadership prior to the election of Diane James. I had very good reasons for not supporting her for the leadership and these have been fully justified. They included the fact that she’s been a bolter in the past and the fact that she is a comparatively recent Tory turncoat.

    It also struck me as odd that, although she claimed to be ‘collegiate’ she didn’t deign to take part in hustings with other colleagues. These are the politics of division. My experience is that leadership is more about working hard to influence than stamping your feet. My view is clearly borne out by James herself who stated that she couldn’t get other MEPs to work with her, or UKIP party workers.

    Perhaps now, colleagues will pay a little less attention to the mainstream media and a little more attention to what people have actually done for the party in choosing our next leader.

    Similarly, I have never thought that Steven Woolfe would be the right man to follow Nigel Farage. Just taking recent behaviour as an example: he failed to get his application form in on time, which hardly speaks volumes for his attention to detail – an essential part of a leader’s armoury; the fact that he was talking to the Tories just in case his political career could not be furthered in UKIP; and now the apparent fisticuffs at the European Parliament. If, as it seems, he chose to get into a fistfight with an ex-Commando, it hardly shows the best judgement.

    So who would I vote for? My top choice, were he to choose to stand, would be former deputy leader Paul Nuttall who in my view is head and shoulders above any other candidate. And, of course, Lisa Duffy remains exactly what it says on the tin, a long-serving and dedicated UKIP person who has been consistently successful in winning elections.

    None of this recent nonsense has any bearing on the good work being done by numerous UKIP party workers: take as an example the excellent by-election win in Hartlepool where we came from nowhere to 49 per cent of the vote, even as all this unsavoury tosh was hitting the headlines.



  • ‘Gender equality’ plays a major part in developing and sustaining a rape culture in the Bay

    It was in 2011 that I first began to understand the true extent of the brutalising violence that women and girls suffer in the Bay. The (then) Government Office of the South West brought a sexual health and wellbeing roadshow to the Bay. During one session, a single statistic jumped out at me from a long list of bullet points: some 34% of young women and girls up to the age of 19 claimed to have suffered a sexual assault of some kind.

    The fact that the figure was just one in a long list surprised me. It should have been the headline figure and the one to be tackled unencumbered by the rest of the findings.

    This statistic, which I found so disturbing, reminded me of the shocking progression of statistics quoted in 2008 in Stieg Larson's Millennium Trilogy novels about the rape culture in Sweden:

    • 18% of the women in Sweden have at one time been threatened with violence

    • 46% of the women in Sweden have been subjected to violence by a man;

    • 13% of the women in Sweden have been subjected to aggravated sexual assault outside of a sexual relationship;

    • 92% of women in Sweden who have been subjected to sexual assault have not reported the most recent violent incident to the police.

    On the latter point, not reporting to the police and why that might be, consider the police's own crime figures in South Devon for last year (2015-16):

    • Rape - up 4.1% (202)

    • Other sexual offences - down 8.3% (353)

    • Violence with injury - up 4.9% (2289)

    • Violence without injury (fighting) - up 14.9%

    • Homicide - up 200% (6)

    • Possession of offensive weapons - up 35.3% (115)

    And these rises are stated against the background of up to 50% under-recording of crime by the police, including violent and sexual offences, and including rape. This under-recording is openly admitted by the police themselves. Make no mistake, the majority of the offences catalogued above, plus the unrecorded offences, are committed by men against women and girls.

    EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women's support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women in all its forms. Established in 2005, EVAW campaigns for strategic approaches to ending violence against women and challenges the wider cultural attitudes that tolerate and condone violence against women. The EVAW Coalition is a company limited by guarantee (no.7317881) and a registered charity (no.1161132). www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

    So comfortable have the police become with the idea that escalating levels of violence against women and girls is inevitable (this year's increases come on top of ongoing increases in previous years), that the Deputy Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall, Bill Skelley announced the new statistics in the local paper by saying “These are figures that we are proud of...”

    It is now my contention, based on close-up observation and first-hand experience, that local authorities and their public sector partners are so totally obsessed with the doctrine of gender equality that they are blinded to the fact that they are at least sustaining but possibly even promoting a rape culture in the UK.

    The consequences of this all-pervasive dogma of gender equality does not need much elaboration here: it is the obvious consequence of the utter failure to see violence against women and girls as a gender specific issue, needing to be addressed as such, despite overwhelming evidence.

    Further, I would contend that the current use of domestic violence as just about the only lens through which public sector partners now view violence in our communities is working to ensure that policy will always fail. The police thereby have a focus that has somehow enabled them to say that they are overwhelmed. The ongoing increases in the crimes of rape, crimes of violence and crimes of sexual violence suggest that the police and criminal justice system have lost control. I believe that this is the case, but not necessarily because the police have become soft, but because the whole public sector has lost the plot.

    Whenever I stand up and speak about violence against women and girls, some other well-meaning worthy will say: “Let's not forget that men suffer domestic violence too.” The rules of civil debate mean that I explain patiently that I understand that men suffer too, but that the numbers show that the victims are overwhelmingly women and girls.

    Again, whenever I speak about organised child sexual exploitation, I am challenged that boys too suffer at the hands of perverts. Yes, I explain patiently, but the numbers show that the victims of organised child sexual exploitation are overwhelmingly young women and girls.

    The single reason that this is such an uphill struggle is because the doctrine of gender equality is now almost a religion in the public sector, blinding good and well-meaning people to the inescapable fact (if we pay attention to the evidence) that violence is gender specific. Put in its simplest terms, males can now feel free to rape, assault and generally brutalise women because men are occasionally victims too. W S DeKeseredy puts it like this in his book Violence Against Women – Myths, Facts, Controversies:

    ‘Growing numbers of conservative fathers’ rights groups, academics, politicians, and others challenge research showing high rates of male-to-female beatings, sexual assaults, and other highly injurious forms of male-to-female victimization that typically occur behind closed doors and in intimate relationships. One way they do this is by arguing that women are as violent as men. This claim is erroneous…It remains one of the greatest obstacles to improving women’s health and safety, regardless of how often it is refuted by research and statistics.’

    There has recently been a widespread call for the decriminalisation of prostitution. Here too, I detect the doctrine of gender equality at work. The arrival of organised prostitution here in the Bay has been repeatedly denied by public sector partners despite testimony to the contrary from first hand witnesses with nothing to gain by lying.

    Back in 2014, I raised a question in full Council about violence against women and was met with a prepared response parroting the gender equality doctrine. In response I took the opportunity to read out a couple of weeks’ worth of 'Around the Courts' records sections from the local paper: I read out the names, ages and convictions of men found guilty of violent crimes against women and girls. To my naive surprise, I was cut short and silenced by the woman chairman of the council. The sheer number of convictions over a mere two-week period was staggering. The crimes were mainly rapes, and assaults by beating. The male perpetrators' ages ranged from 20 to 80 and the locations covered all three towns.

    By that point, it had become clear to me that in the period from 2011 and the Government Office of the South West revelation, to the end of 2014, we had failed totally to tackle or even dent the rising tide of violence against women and girls in the Bay. And the reason for that failure had to be misguided policy, however well intentioned.

    I then began a campaign of letter writing to feminist academics to see if they would be willing to provide personal support and research to underpin a fundamental re-appraisal of policy to help reduce violence against women and girls. They were supportive, and Professor Marianne Hester from Bristol in particular offered to get involved. Professor Hester is the UK’s foremost academic expert on gender violence.

    However, it proved a hurdle too far to obtain even the most modest sum from Torbay Council public health commissioners in order to stage an event for partners and public alike to hear the views of experts on the subject and to tease out a new direction for public policy discussions. Even had I found the funding elsewhere, they would not have supported it, I strongly suspect, financially or otherwise. Any strategy that came out of such an event could have been a policy that varied, with clear researched academic support, from the same-old, same-old, gender inclusive failure. I believe the reason for this lack of support is that the work would have exposed the massive and systemic failure of our current public policy and that it is all based on a failure to recognise the need for gender specific action to deal with the problem of male violence.

    This was, in my view, a deliberately resisted opportunity to discuss the hard issues bubbling beneath the surface of such murky waters as the deeply institutionalised male domination of women, which is writ extra-large in the historic small town mentalities still prevalent in the Bay. This is explained clearly and succinctly by Professor Hester herself when she states: ‘…men and women experience male-female relations differently, but also generally as mediated via the dominant male view.’ In this context, it is less curious to me that the health commissioners that rejected my call for a debate were women.

    The sensitivities around immigrant cultures and Islam in particular have only served to put back the protection of women and girls from a national perspective. The same should hardly be the case here in the Bay. Here in the Bay we are confronting white male violence. There are very few religious and cultural issues here. I believe this is often used as an excuse for inaction but, in any case, we need to be helping these women, too. I would argue we are merely bathing in the backwash of a national and international neurosis and it is needlessly undermining the protection of women and girls in the Bay.

    Around the same time as I hit the funding buffers with the public health commissioners here at the Council - this despite my being the Executive Lead for Adults and Children - OFSTED was inspecting our Children's Services safeguarding service. The service was found inadequate, and rightly so.

    Among the OFSTED recommendations, however, one stood out as indicative of the muddle-headed gender equality approach at work across national policy. We were criticised for our lack of perpetrator support services.

    Wrong! Children are being abused and neglected, their mothers are being beaten and raped, and we are supposed to spend our limited time and even more limited funding propping up the perpetrators? Whatever happened to the view, prevalent when I was growing up, that a man who hit a woman is the lowest form of life? Or, once a wife beater, always a wife beater. And, how does this apparent concern for child abusers fit with the rightful criminalisation of corporal punishment in schools?

    I fear that we have totally lost our way in our responses to male violence toward women and girls. The only way back is to accept that we were wrong, that we have spent billions of pounds in public money - wasted year upon year - and we have been wilfully blind toward gender specific violence, we have ignored the evidence of our own eyes that our communities have been traumatised by the injustice that we have enabled, and that we are cruelly and deliberately letting down well over half the population. If the Torbay Health and Wellbeing Board publicly accepted these things, and promised to change its ways through a properly thought out set of policies that faced up to the realities that women and girls face every day, I believe we in the Bay would have done something of real and lasting worth.

    What might I include as features of such a set of policies? Well, how about a suite of actions involving the following:

    • Drug and alcohol abuse being viewed by local public sector partners as aggravating factors in cases of male violence against women and girls, not mitigation;

    • Campaigns targeting trolls who bully women and girls over the internet including direct lobbying of social media providers;

    • Turn upside down the non-judgemental gender equality framework whereby ‘all can be forgiven’, which has had such a catastrophic effect on women and girls, and instead mount advertising campaigns aimed at undermining the self-esteem of male bullies and cowards who think it is okay to assault women and girls;

    • Local Authority social work and health teams work with the police to target known wife/partner beaters through direct intervention - a 'we are watching you' policy that is actually carried out and not just threatened;

    • An education programme aimed at winning the support of the wider public making the case in terms of cost in their taxes of the consequences of male violence towards women and girls.

    I firmly believe that all of these could have a significant impact in improving the lives of women and girls in the Bay. In fact, it is only the obsession with gender neutrality that is preventing such action. Once we accept the overwhelming evidence that such neutrality is the root cause of all the misery, gender specific policies would necessarily follow.

    I will not give up calling for these changes and the public debate that needs to precede them.

    Julien Parrott

    Councillor for Ellacombe Ward

    Executive Lead for Adults and Children, Torbay Coucnil, 2015 to date

    August 2016


    Government Office of the South West (2011)

    Herald Express (2014 and 2016)

    Stieg Larson, The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: MacLehose Press 2008 (English translation)

    Walter S. DeKeseredy, Violence Against Women - Myths, Facts, Controversies: University of Toronto Press 2011

    Marianne Hester, Lewd Women & Wicked Witches: Routledge 1992



  • Spanish Barn Ball in aid of Clic Sargent

    17 September 2016

    Organised by Riviera Sound

    Some news about an event that is close to my heart. I’ve told you all before just how many kind, generous and talented people there are in our beautiful Bay. Well, here’s a chance to catch up with a group of them, and support a brilliant charity at the same time.

    To be held in the stunning setting of the Spanish Barn in Torquay on 17 September, the ladies of Riviera Sound have organised an evening in aid of the children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent. I say ‘an evening’ but what they’ve managed to pack in to the itinerary has to be seen to be believed. Or, more importantly, it has to be experienced to be believed!

    Tickets are £35 and include a champagne reception, all the entertainment as well as a three course local produce-based supper. For all the details of this amazing event, go here and go quickly, because I’m told the tickets are selling like hot cakes!



  • Happy Days as crime spirals across the Bay?

    In announcing his force’s most recent crime statistics for South Devon, published in July, Deputy Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Bill Skelley was quoted in a local paper as saying: “These are figures that we are proud of.”

    So what were those figures? Well, they included the following:

    • Rape - up 4.1% (202)

    • Other sexual offences - down 8.3% (353)

    • Violence with injury - up 4.9% (2289)

    • Violence without injury (fighting) - up 14.9%

    • Homicide - up 200% (6)

    • Possession of offensive weapons - up 35.3% (115)

    Not much to be proud of there, I would suggest. But taken in conjunction with rises recorded in the previous year (2014-15), I would say that they are figures of which the police should be ashamed. For that year, they were:

    • Rape – up 42.2% (192)

    • Other sexual offences – up 36.1% (373)

    • Violence with injury – down 6% (2128)

    • Violence without injury (fighting) up 11.4% (2285)

    • Homicide – down 66.7% (2)

    • Possession of weapons –down 3.1% (93)

    Now, I am sure that Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelley is a hard-working and decent chap doing his best for our community. So how can his conclusion have been so utterly mistaken or misguided? How can a year on year upward trend in rape be something of which to be proud? How can an increase of over 35% in numbers of people carrying offensive weapons be anything other than an indication that the South West is turning into something akin to Dodge City before Wyatt Earp arrived?

    The 'Dodge City Peace Commission'. Wyatt Earp sits, second from left.

    I believe that the reasons include the fact that the police are starting to believe the special pleading of their own union, The Police Federation of England and Wales, that police officers are drowning because of the austerity cuts and paperwork. Seen in this light, perhaps it is just possible to see anything short of a total meltdown in law and order as some kind of success.

    Across the public sector, everyone is suffering because of the cuts. But I believe there are reasons why the police are not policing better. They include: too much time spent on pandering to ‘needs’ of perpetrators; too much time spent on victim support when the best support would be to catch and punish the perpetrators (victim support should be carried out by a volunteer organisation much better suited than the police to deal with it); and too much money spent on unnecessary support staff, such as the vast public relations machine that made DCC Skelley look so thoughtless with that quote.

    The effects of police failures are there for all to see in our communities. The sense of injustice among residents is growing daily, if my postbag is anything to go by.

    Over the next month, I have to respond to a consultation on policing priorities at the request of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and I have a meeting with our new Superintendent of Police for the Bay, Supt Jacqui Hawley. Please be assured that I will be pulling no punches in either case.

    Incidentally, if you think the above quoted figures are worrying, consider this: by far the largest number of offences recorded in those figures involve crimes against women and girls. How this has come to be accepted with worrying silence will be the subject of my next and in-depth article….

    Note: All crime statistics taken from the Devon and Cornwall Police website



  • Online ’untruths’

    Following a debate with a local resident , my wife Sue had cause to visit the Council’s website to look at the figures for past local elections.

    Her search was to demonstrate that, since I was elected in 2007, in the two subsequent elections I had topped the poll: the local resident was under the impression I had only ‘come first’ in the 2015 election. Sue knew otherwise. She was horrified to see that the figures for the 2011 local elections in Ellacombe were wrong, relegating me to second place!

    Obviously, a quick call to Governance Support can rectify this, but had she or I not looked, this error would have remained, effectively ‘changing history’.

    The 2011 local election was particularly significant for me. If you recall, I had been approached in late 2009 to stand as an emergency candidate for UKIP (the long-standing candidate having had to withdraw through illness). So when the local elections came around, I had to make a decision whether to continue to stand as an independent or to stand for UKIP.Of course – as I always do – I took soundings from Ellacombe people whose opinions I trust. My concern was not to deceive Ellacombe: my view was that I was a member of a party, and I did not think that I should continue as an independent; if I had felt strongly enough to join a party in the first place, I should have the backbone to stand for it.

    Luckily, those I took soundings from agreed with me. And luckily, so did the voters of Ellacombe. That was a real red-letter day for UKIP: while we had quite a few councillors at town council level, there were then precious few at top level authorities, so to be elected as a UKIP representative to a unitary authority was an achievement of which I was immensely proud. And to top the poll was even more rewarding.

    It wouldn’t be a decision I have to think about now: the UKIP party constitution (like, I believe, the Tories’) states that a party member may not stand as an independent.

    This got me thinking, though. Many people put up deliberate lies on the internet which, if not corrected, over time become ‘truths’. While this was probably just an oversight, many untrue ‘truths’ out there are intentional. The lazy way a newspaper reports an event which makes it appear that what actually happened didn’t; people taking snatches of speeches entirely out of context; and – my personal favourite for this, although I tend not to participate any longer – social media sites where Chinese whispers flourish, generally all entirely wrong.

    In fact, I read yesterday about the correlation between social media sites and widespread mental illness among our young people, young women in particular. I would go further: the poison and lies spread by these social media sites, and the one-sided view of life that appears on their web pages, must take a great deal of responsibility for the nasty society in which we currently find ourselves. One where things like ‘poverty-shaming’, ‘fat-shaming’ and general spreading of bile and poison against fellow humans is the norm.

    I like to think we’re not like that in Ellacombe. Despite Ellacombe’s almost constant appearance on lists of most deprived wards, high turnover of residents and so on and so forth, that’s not the Ellacombe I know.

    The Ellacombe I know is one of celebration over a newborn, of support and encouragement for a neighbour, of helping out and looking out for others, of open doors and open minds, of courage and determination in the face of adversity, of genuine care and consideration of others.

    And no amount of mistakes genuinely made, or lies deliberately told, on the internet will make me see Ellacombe any different.

    PS: Don’t worry, my thoughts on crime are definitely coming!



  • A 'reboot' of this site

    ... and an endorsement for leader

    It’s time now to concentrate here on my own website. Ever since the EU referendum was called, the members and volunteers of Torbay UKIP have concentrated all our combined efforts into developing our UKIP local website: a job that was most definitely worth it, as Torbay topped the list of south west eurosceptic boroughs with 63 per cent of the electorate here voting to leave the EU.

    It’s also all change at the top of three biggest UK political parties, with the Tories achieving a seemingly bloodless change as May took over as PM (all the blood was shed behind closed doors). Labour’s struggles go on and on, with a split in the party increasingly likely. My politics are not the same as his – although there are things we certainly agree on – but Corbyn has the support of the vast majority of party members, and, rather like a football club’s fans, it’s the members who keep a party going.

    For our own party, the latest load of laundry being washed in public over the leadership election is regrettable. For what it’s worth, here is my opinion on it all. If someone forgets to declare a conviction, doesn’t keep his membership up to date, or submits papers late then it shows an unfortunate lack of attention to detail. If someone chooses not to take part in an official hustings, that is disappointing, too. To my mind, it demonstrates many things, including perhaps a concern that a candidate might not stack up so well against fellow candidates, but mostly, I believe, it shows a lack of willingness to work with other party members.

    For this reason, and because I believe I can only make a decision based on candidates who have ‘faced off’ in open competition against each other, I am supporting Lisa Duffy for leadership of UKIP.

    Ms Duffy has some impressive supporters from among the party: Paul Nuttall, who I most definitely would have voted for, should he have stood; Suzanne Evans, Patrick O’Flynn, Gerard Batten, Louise Bours, to name just a few. Ms Duffy spoke impressively at the Torquay hustings held last week at the Riviera International Conference Centre; she has been a member of UKIP for 20 years or longer, so has put in a huge amount of time for the party; she has experience of how to win in first past the post elections; and, importantly for me, said that should she be elected, that instant she would be on the prime minister’s back to implement Brexit.

    The Torquay hustings last week was a good quality hustings, with all candidates there playing their part. We were told that it was one of the most well-attended hustings so far on the tour.

    Whoever takes over as leader is going to have an extremely hard act to follow. Nigel Farage may be ‘marmite’ to many outside the party – though all politicians are by the very nature of being a politician! - but there is plenty of evidence that his ‘man of the people’ appeal reached well beyond the UKIP membership, evidenced not least by the result of the EU referendum. Farage has trod an extremely careful path over the past decade or so, appealing not only to disillusioned Conservative voters, but also to grass roots Labour voters who feel let down and discarded by their own party.

    Forthcoming: my views on tackling the increasing crime levels in our Bay.




Julien Parrott, UKIP

Councillor for Ellacombe Ward, 2007 to date
Executive Lead for Adults and Children
Torbay Borough Council Unitary Authority

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11 November 2017

A brief update ...

I realise that I keep apologising for not maintaining this website! I really hope that I will be able to do something with it in the near future, but I know that my fellow Ellacombe residents understand that my priority is with my ward work and with my work for children and adults across the Bay as Executive Lead councillor.

In the meantime, an update for my fellow Ellacombe residents: please note that my contact details have changed. If you want to discuss a local issue with me, please see below for my new contact arrangements.

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