BY-ELECTION WATCH

Oooooh…………..three by-elections tonight………here’s my guide for those still up at 2am:

CORBY:  Easy Labour gain. UKIP should do well here and will push close for second place. BNP got 5%  last time but will  do badly here. No leftie candidates.

CARDIFF SOUTH AND PENARTH:  Robert Griffiths of the Communist Party and veteran of the Welsh Socialist Republican Socialist Party should get a few hundred being a local lad but likely to be outpolled by Scargill’s paper SLP candidate who has never even bothered to show up in the constituency. Remarkable. Labour hold.

MANCHESTER CENTRAL:  Easy Labour hold. Was to have been exciting follow up to Bradford Spring for  Respect till Galloway imploded and lost Kate and Salma but still managed to stick a candidate together. For the first time  TUSC and RESPECT go against each other so that’ll be interesting to se who wins the  contest. Bizarrely also standing are the Communist  League – followers of the American Sociialist Workers party Pathfinder tendency – if they win I’ll………………

So five different leftie outfits standing all shouting ‘U nity comrades’ no doubt.

Up next are Rotherham and Croydon North. Rotherham interesting cos of 10% BNP vote last time and have managed to keep same candidate and Respect have Yvonne Ridley standing hoping for the Bradford Spring effect……..so quite a polarised vote then. Labout may pay for Denis McShane’s crimes. ….really last chance saloon for BNP who have got lucky for once.

Croydon North:  Should be shoe in for Labour but UKIP’s candidate WINSTON McKENZIE  cleaning up  the local black vote to the cost of Lee Jasper for Respect. Winston is a likeable bloke and has been workig the seat hard for years.  I reckon he will come second and UKIP’s besr ever vote in inner city area. I have just walked round one of the local shopping aress and seen 26  window stickers for Winston and two each for Labour and Lee Jasper. The trick is how does Winston get gthe small black businesses to support his anti-immigration line? By concentrating on Europhobia. simples.

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  1. as far as I know, the Communist League’s people in the UK are all doing low-paid jobs in the food industry: decent fellows, a bit odd … – if they win, we are probably in a pre-revolutionary situation ;-)

  2. Justoptout

    I can’t understand why as an anarchist you would bother with this kind of stuff. It’s irrelevant as the system always gets in. Same goes for all the fringe candidates.
    You simply perpetuate the idea that Westminster elections are at all relevant to the idea that people can govern themselves.

    • Read ‘Bash the Rich’ for your answer to Ian’s strange love-affair with by-elections…I think it’s rather cute, cos it’s nice to have a hobby innit?

    • Northern A

      I agree but as someone who’s life is politics, it’s still interesting. You’ve gotta know what’s happening to know how to react to situations. It’s kinda like I know how bias news outlets are but I’d be pretty fucked if all I read were Indymedia.

  3. Anonymous

    Dont forget Middlesbrough at the end of the month… should be an interesting shoe for labour.

  4. SamFanto

    Justoptout said:
    “I can’t understand why as an anarchist you would bother with this kind of stuff. It’s irrelevant as the system always gets in. Same goes for all the fringe candidates.
    You simply perpetuate the idea that Westminster elections are at all relevant to the idea that people can govern themselves.”

    I agree – but what can you expect from a showman like Bone; him and Martin Wright even started a movement to stand in the elections for London’s Mayor.

    • yes

      what can you expect from a showman like Bone
      Some things that are great and inspiring, others which you think are cobblers. Anyway, SamFanto, you are NB, and if someone said “What can you expect from a rich kid formerly of South Kensington?” they wouldn’t be being fair!!

      • A ‘showman’? Personally I like a bit of the old ‘razzledazzle’ with me prole-politics, but not you, ya humourless Nerk…

      • Arrrr!

        But that wasn’t as good as the Eton business. That was just hootful laugh time, especially the faltering arguments from the Etonists.
        Yeah I’d like to thank Mr Bone and his chums for providing me with chuckles and mirth, and giving me a chance to join in.

  5. scrambled

    War criminal Blair up here to support LordBaronSire Prescott in his titanic revolutionary battle against the forces of reaction in the form of UKIP.

    I like the flyer I got from the UKIP candidate, right at the end it says (I fucking kid you not)
    “Does an ordinary middle England citizen have to wait longer for a police response to a violent attack than an immigrant? Does a heterosexual have to wait longer than a homosexual? This is just the sort of politically correct nonsense I will get rid of if elected.”

    Sounds like he’s crowdsourcing local crime statistics ’cause no one wants to tell him, or is he just fishing for bigots?

    I guess he thinks the darkies and poofters are overprotected by the police.

    • Dave

      Oop, Prescott lost to the Tory it seems. Don’t know who the fuck he is or what his opinions are. Don’t even know what a police commissioner does. I can’t bear to pay too much attention to people I already know are twatty fucknuts who I’d like to stay away from and pay as little attention to as possible.
      I have only one question that I ask as a personality test when I consider who to vote for in an election – do they want to legalise the weed.
      I find that a useful marker for a range of other stuff.
      None of the candidates scored on that so, fuck it, they’re all cavemen, I pay no heed.

  6. thebristolblogger

    Don’t forget the big one!

    Bristol mayor result tomorrow. It’s George, the red-trousered philanthropist, promising a juggler on every high street vs Big Marv Rees desperately trying to drag the city’s working class one-by-one to a polling booth.

    Will there be a shock?

  7. I am

    “I’m not the problem, you’re the problem. You don’t do nowt.”

    From Hull Daily Mail

    Lord Prescott was confronted by the man, who was carrying an empty bottle of beer, after saying: “We need to take back our town centres from drunken thugs”.

    After he was shouted at by the man, Lord Prescott said: “Oh yeah? Come here and say something.

    “We’ve got to do something about you lads. This is the case with the problem round here.”

    The man then said: “I’m not the problem, you’re the problem. You don’t do nowt.”

    Hull East MP Karl Turner is then reported to have tried to drag the man away.

    Voters are going to the polls today to elect the first police and crime commissioner for the region.

    Six other candidates are standing for the £75,000-a-year role.

  8. Forgetful Cat

    Rotherham looks interesting, with a massive Labour boycott of the selection process because a Muslim man was deemed to be the wrong gender and ethnicity. Should help Respect, though it won’t be another Bradford.

  9. Dave

    How does a black guy run the anti immigration idea? You’re right, it’s simples, I’ve been working in factories that are 95% Polish, even immigrants from other countries have told me it’s crazy. And it is. There’s only so many sheep you can cram into one field, regardless of whether the farm is a workers collective or an Orwellian Animal Farm where the pigs run the show.

    • SamFanto

      Probably what I wrote above should be put here in response to “Dave”‘s sick comment:

      Even worse than making something about these bourgeois shows is Dave’s “I’ve been working in factories that are 95% Polish, even immigrants from other countries have told me it’s crazy. And it is. There’s only so many sheep you can cram into one field, regardless of whether the farm is a workers collective or an Orwellian Animal Farm where the pigs run the show.” Clearly the ruling class have completely won when the divide and rule nationalism of anti-immigration is being taken up by people claiming to be anarchists. When the “sheep” refuse to be fleeced, whatever their country of origin, then the pigs will surely tremble, but we won’t be helped to break out of our separate fenced-in fields and genuinely act collectively and internationally by such anti-immigration ideology utterly submissive to the pigs that run our lives.

  10. Danni

    There is a leftie candidate in Corby, Adam Lotun. He’s done a lot of activism, primarily with DPAC. I think he’s either on the ballot paper as an Independent or Democracy 2015 candidate, but he’s also backed by TUSC (hence no “proper” TUSC candidate). The local Trade Union Council is also backing him as well.

    Some of the stuff in his manifesto is strange, but he seems like a decent bloke. TUSC is meant to be quite broad, and I think he’s standing for decent reasons, so I’m glad they backed him.

  11. dogman

    Fucking Idiots! Tip of the Week – BLT at Sandwich (Evens)

  12. thebristolblogger

    It’s a turnout of 28% in Bristol and it looks like Labour’s Big Marv is on the canvas. Labour List have already conceded to George, the red-trousered philanthropist, before the count’s started!

    It’s looking like oysters and circus skills for all in the new Bristol …

  13. Alan on Tyneside

    Two thousand six hundred and eighty three spoilt ballot papers in Wiltshire. :-)

  14. Aidan

    I’ve been looking at the “Independents” elected in the Police and Crime Commissioners elections. So far we have

    Martyn Underhill – ex-cop has won Dorset PCC election http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyn_Underhill

    Ian Johnston – ex-cop wins Gwent PCC election
    http://www.policeelections.com/candidates/gwent/ian-johnston/

    Winston Roddick – Barrister – wins North Wales PCC
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Roddick

    Ron Ball – Magistrate – wins Warwickshire PCC
    http://www.ronball4pcc.co.uk/

    I think there may be a pattern emerging here.

  15. Peter Good

    Low voter turn-out effects the authority of the state. They are keenly sensitive to the erosion of their authority.
    Note they are quick to denounce the electorate for not taking part in their games.
    So why play their games? If we got our rocks off on numbers going into a ballot box we’d be better off watching Strictly or the X-Factor.
    Join Britains fastest growing political party – those that see no reason to vote at all.

  16. Went around to ‘vote’ for a police commissioner yesterday. Unfortunately there were five boxes so had to put an exclamation mark on the end of ‘ACAB’ just to make sure there was a mark in every box ;-)

    These are nice… http://pccspoil.tumblr.com/

  17. thebristolblogger

    Just to confirm, “independent” George Ferguson who resigned from the Lib Dems about 3 months ago wins the Bristol mayoral election at a canter.

    Seems the city’s liberal middle classes – in coalition with the Tories and Lib Dems – were more comfortable with an ex-public schoolboy than a black man.

    Utter humiliation for Labour. Despite endless promises of bribes, their vote just didn’t show up.

    Welcome to Bristol’s latte revolution!

    • Walter Shed

      Jugglin’ George is also a Merchant Venturer of course, needless to say his non-‘slaving society’ (ie non- ‘masonic’) rival candidates were therefore nothing more than just so much window-dressing supplied to make it a bit less obvious that British ‘democracy’ is underneath no less of an appointment system than was the old Soviet nomenklatura. I imagine Bristol’s famously free and critical print media gave George as rough a ride as Boris Johnson got from the Evening Standard in London’s mayoral coronation. I did notice the otherwise hilarious Radio Bristol mass husting focused almost purely on a debate about a bus service and on George’s idea that the crisis in Bristol is the architectural view from Templemeads Station … not one candidate referred to the ghastly benefits cuts which will harrow Bristol working classes as from next April …

  18. Voice

    One of the gratifying aspects of these elections was seeing the Lib Dems scrambling to recover their deposit in Corby. A much deserved 2 fingers salute to them. BTW, Mr Bone should turn his interest in by elections into some good use by giving us some good betting tips on results.

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