If any of you have caught the BBC this morning you will see the article below:
It would appear that Matt was concerned over the following:
"Explaining his decision to stop campaigning with less than a week to go before polling day, Mr O'Connor said he had been unhappy with the lack of coverage he was getting from the media. "
Well what did he expect? Honestly I am sure Matt knew exactly the level of support the Beeb where going to give him, hence why he engaged in those stunts.
Moving on he then says:
He told presenter Vanessa Feltz: "We've just had St George's Day and you would just think the one thing a party about England would own would be St George's Day.
With the benefit of hindsight I probably should not have stood for them
Matt O'Connor, former English Democrat candidate
"But I don't think they got any publicity at all and I was effectively sidelined. I think they thought I was going to take over the party or something."
Well as far as I am aware a lot of the English Nationalist movement went to London to protest for an English parliament on St George's Day, I think maybe Matt has misunderstood that the movement is bigger then one man and one party. I also saw the rather inventive EDP St George's Day website, so maybe Matt wasn't aware of it?
Obviously the EDP have released a press statement which you can read below:
It would seem that from reading this blog, Matt O'Connor had alcohol problems, which is truly a shame. If this turns out to be true it's probably best for the people of London he has pulled out. It's also good for the English Nationalist movement. We need a competent Mayor not a drunkard following in the footsteps of Red Ken with a shot of Whiskey for breakfast.
There could be an upside to this though, maybe people will use Matt's name on the ballot paper as a protest vote, as basically a none of the above.
Regardless of what happens the English movement will always have it's ups and downs, and when you hit the bottom the only way to go is up.