Wednesday, December 06, 2006

By-election in Kentish Town

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In my local ward there is a by-election.

At the last election two of the three seats went to the Liberal vermins. The Labour retainer of their seat has since resigned, causing the by-election.

If anything was going to get me to vote Labour for the first time since 1994 (Councillor Davies of Coatham Ward, Langbaugh (a borough that no longer exists, that's how long ago it was)) it's been the Liberal Democrats campaign to get that seat. I'm going to try and take a close look at their expenses returns because it looks to me like they've spent a fortune on this election.

I am, still, torn between simply spoiling my vote as I have done ever sicne 1994 and voting for a candidate. I agree wholeheartedly with the spoiling campaign, I think it a very useful tool and could be used as part of a mass campaign; however, if I am to go with accepting that the cigarrette-paper thin differences between parties do matter then I should vote against the Yellow Tories and worry about the precise policies of Labour later.

I don't know - any advice, my loyal readers? Labour or World Socialism? How should I vote?

p.s. one candidate, lives a few doors down from me, and is joint leader of the Green Party and Newstatesman Blogger Sian Berry.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing justifies a vote for the party of authoritarianism and big business. (As I wrote in 1997, although things have only got worse since then.) I'd only go back to voting Labour if it was a straight fight with the BNP - and if that happened a more important fight would already have been lost.

If you're going to throw your vote away, cast it for the Greens. You might even do some good by helping them save a deposit.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Londonsocialist said...

Why not stand as a candidate yourself? Then you could vote for yourself for a change.

5:52 PM  

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