Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Out of all the parliamentary candidates standing in the Brighton Kemptown constituency in 2015, Ian Buchanan has been the most silent.

  • Simon Kirby is busy getting his team to write letters to NHS England to pressure them into making a decision on the future of the Eaton Place surgery.
  • Nancy Platts is busy calling on Conservative MP’s to vote to save fire-fighter pensions.
  • Davy Jones is busy hosting his weekly radio show on Free Brighton Radio.
  • Joe Neilson is busy building an alliance of interested parties against labour, Conservative and the Green party combined.

As of today with only 119 days to go to the May 7th election, you would have thought we would have heard more from him. Though digging deeper into whom Ian Buchanan is and what he stands for, we get an idea of why he’s keeping such a low profile.

With no election campaign website, anyone who wants to know about Ian Buchanan must go to the East Sussex Gov UK site to find out more about him.

Once you get there, it makes for uncomfortable reading and answers the question why he’s keeping such a low profile.

Right off we learn he earns his money from property rentals being a multiple landlord.

Now while not every landlord is a bad person, we know from experience that land-lords are more often than not- bad people.

Being a multiple landlord implies he’s packing in as many residents he can into as few properties as possible, to extract the maximum rental potential.

We will only find out what kind of landlord he is once we talk to his paying residents. While I’m sure every property meets the standards of adequate fire precaution, cleanliness and safely, it’s still unclear whether his residents are private or DSS funded.

All too often we hear horror stories about multiple landlords. The exploits of Brighton’s most notorious landlord, Nicolas Van Hoogstraten is still fresh in everybody’s mind. Then of-course we have Mark Slade aka Marcel Sulc, who puts Nicolas Van Hoogstraten to shame with his empire of multiple properties in Hastings and beyond.

(Its worthy of note that Parliament had to bring in new laws to counter-act the criminal (but yet perfectly legal) practices of Mark Slade. See

We know from public knowledge that the leader of Brighton’s Conservative Party, fellow multiple landlord Geoffrey Theobald OBE, had dealings with the notorious Nicolas Van Hoogstraten; it isn’t too much of a stretch of imagination to imply Ian Buchanan may have had similar dealings with very dodgy characters.


The question is asked, as required by Section 30 of the Localism Act 2011, and other interests, as required by the Council’s code of conduct “any body one of whose principal purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy (including any political party or trade union):”

To which Ian Buchanan answers:

  • Mason
  • Knight Templar
  • UK Independence Party

We know from the official Knight Templar website ( that Knight Templar’s follow the highest chivalric ideals of the medieval Order of Knights Templar which was founded by Hugh de Payens in 1119.

It’s all very well that men should exhibit bravery, courtesy, honour and gallantry towards women. I expect millions of men do so with being a Knight Templar.

Who are the Knight Templar’s really? We know that the Queen is subservient to the Order of the Garter, of which all her family are members. The Pope past and present are also members.

Suffice to say both Freemasons and Knight Templar’s are deeply smeared with controversy following allegations of satanic practises and child-abuse.

As the picture at the top of the page asks, do we really want our public representatives pledging allegiance to arcane organizations above and beyond allegiance to the constituents they are elected to serve?

My answer is a resounding “NO,” though I am interested in hearing yours.


It would seem for all intents and purposes that Ian Buchanan is happy to take a back seat and rely on the popularity of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage to get him into power.

It’s easy to hold onto the coat-tails of nationalism. Being a Knight Templar and a follower of Hugh de Payens, it’ll be interesting whether Ian Buchanan is aware of ancient British history and that the legendary King Arthur II was in fact a real historical figure.

Read more about: Hugh de Payens.

The Plantagenet Royal family who ruled for 245 years from 1154-1399 are famed to have modelled their Kingdom on the golden Arthurian era. The point I’m trying to make is that if you want to get all patriotic, it’s very easy to do so.

British history has a wealth of patriotism to hang on to. Though the fact UKIP are exploiting the patriotism expressed over 21st Century immigration is an indication that UKIP is nothing more that the far-right wing of the Conservative party.


Following in the footsteps of Conservative MP’s Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell defection to UKIP, local Moulsecoomb Labour councillor Leigh Farrow has jumped on the band wagon and done the same.

The reaction of the local community should be a warning to all UKIP defectors that UKIP under the leadership of Nigel Farage isn’t all its cracked up to be.

People aren’t stupid, they can see through the façade of UKIP nationalism and see a nasty political party of the same ilk as the Conservative party hell-bent on the privatisation of the NHS, austerity and the continuing bashing of the poor and vulnerable to cover-up for own in competency and failures in government.

It’s always somebody else’s fault when it comes to the Conservative and UKIP parties. Blame the:

  • The Poor
  • The Disabled
  • The Elderly
  • The Nurses
  • The Police
  • The Fire-men
  • The Immigrants
  • The Labour Party
  • The Muslims
  • The Single Mothers



Tuesday, 6 January 2015


Something is insidious at the heart of Brightonian journalism. The greatest journalists the city has to offer, namely:

  • Greg Hadfield; the editor of Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper.
  • Adam Trimingham; seasoned Argus Journalist aka The Sage of Sussex.
  • Frank Le Duc; anchor-man of The Latest TV- The Vote show.
  • Tim Ridgway; Award-winning journalist and columnist, head of news at Latest TV Brighton.

Omit vital information about the independent candidates standing in Brighton’s 2015 general election.


With all political parties launching their election campaigns on the first Monday back to work in 2015, the great and good of Brightonian journalism have been busy putting out their point of view, with the notable omission of any independent parliamentary candidates.

With all political commenters predicting the 2015 general election will be won in the margins, you would have thought the marginal candidates in Brighton would have been mentioned.

With Brighton Kemptown being a marginal seat in which Tory MP Simon Kirby won with just 3.8% more votes than his nearest rival, Labour’s Simon Burgess, the question needs to be asked, why aren’t the independents being mentioned?

With the 2015 general election too close to call, its acknowledged by all that the marginal players in the election will make or break the result.


Frank De Luc recently wrote an editorial for The Latest TV to which he’s the anchor-man of their flag-ship political program called The Vote.

Take for example what he wrote:

“In Brighton Kemptown the contest is seen as a straight fight between the Conservative MP Simon Kirby and Labour’s Nancy Platts who was pipped by Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion in 2010. Davy Jones is the Green Party’s personable and energetic candidate. He may dilute the Labour vote.
Another threat comes from Ian Buchanan, a courteous old-fashioned former Tory, who is running for UKIP. At first glance he could weaken Mr Kirby’s vote at the Peacehaven end of the constituency. But some suspect he could also pick up votes in Whitehawk and Moulsecoomb which might otherwise have gone to Labour.”

While any journalist of their worth would check Wikipedia to check they have their facts right, Frank Le Duc evidently didn’t.

As you can see for yourself, both independent candidates, Matthew Taylor and Joe Neilson have not been mentioned.


Is this the type of journalism Brighton and Hove deserve?

The Sage of Sussex Adam Trimingham writes that the Greens could hold key to next May’s election.

But again, no mention of any independent candidate.

Let’s see what he wrote about Brighton Kemptown:

Brighton Kemptown is a similar seat which Simon Kirby holds for the Tories by only 1,328 votes. Kirby is standing again, challenged by the experienced Nancy Platts for Labour.”

Is it nice to see a seasoned Argus reporter put such due diligence in reporting the full facts of the situation?

With current polls predicting 11% of the over-all 2015 general election result going to Independents, you would have though the Brighton Kemptown independents would have been looked at.


Greg Hadfield, who once worked as the Telegraph Media Group's head of digital development, started the Brighton and Hove Independent newspaper in 2011, having turned his back on Fleet Street.

He wrote:

No longer can newspapers survive by publishing at their readers, by talking down to them, by controlling what can and can't be written or said.”

Such a shame that only a few years on he’s contradicted himself.

Greg Hadfield is actively controlling what can and can’t be written or said, with his refusal to mention any independent candidate in his newspaper.

Published every Friday and available free at 140 pick-up point throughout the city, Greg Hadfield is inviting all parliamentary candidates to write a column. In last week’s edition is was Simon Kirby’s turn to promote his rubbish and lies to the readers.

The question must be asked that after:

  • Nancy Platts
  • Davy Jones
  • Ian Buchanan

Have had their opportunity to write their own column, will;

  • Matthew Taylor &
  • Joe Neilson

Be invited to do the same?


According to Bill Gibbons from the Consensus UK website, Joe Neilson has been confirmed as the only disabled independent candidate to be standing in the 2015 general election.

You would have thought Tim Ridgway, the award winning journalist and head of news at Latest TV Brighton would have got in touch. After-all it’s not everyday a disabled OAP gets up from his wheelchair and declares, “I want to bring integrity and honesty to public office.”

Bill Gibbons has made it plainly clear, “Independents are poison.”

Tim Ridgway certainly treated Joe Neilson like poison when on the open day of The Latest TV’s launch; he refused point blank to be photographed with him.

Why would a respected and award winning journalist be so rude and dismissive to refuse point blank to be photographed with an old man who wants nothing more to make a positive difference to the community in which he lives?

I produced a promotional film championing Latest TV and introducing the personalities involved, free of charge.

The next time I saw Tim Ridgway I extended my hand in friendship; but again he refused point blank to shake my hand, leaving me in the awkward position of putting my hand away unwanted and ignored.

 It would appear that Tim Ridgway considers all Brighton Kemptown independent candidates to be poison.


There is something insidious at the heart of Brightonian journalism and the insidiousness appears in the form of its top journalists;

  • Greg Hadfield; the editor of Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper.
  • Adam Trimingham; seasoned Argus Journalist aka The Sage of Sussex.
  • Frank Le Duc; anchor-man of The Latest TV- The Vote show.
  • Tim Ridgway; Award-winning journalist and columnist, head of news at Latest TV Brighton.

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