Last days before election day
There are only
days to go before the crucial June 10th elections.
Crucial for the government who desperately want to demonstrate people
are for their project. Crucial for the Tories who need a success to
point to to help them launch their bid to win the next election (fat
chance?) and crucial for the Liberals who hope to capitalise on those
who despise both Thatcher's old mate and Thatcher's young pupil.
It is also a crucial time for the minor parties, and it appears
that the 'others' will do very well this time round as more and more
people feel disenfranchised by respectable political circles.
UKIP hope to make a break through at this election, although it is
hard to see what they have done with their surprise three MEPs that won
in 1999, apart from draw the fat salaries that is.
The BNP have been digging for victory over the last few years and
have a record number of councillors. However, the tide may have turned
for these repulsive little Hitlers. Not only has there been consistent
opposition to them where ever they raise their head (despite the BBC
insisting on allowing them airtime and opportunity to spread their
message of hate) they are also being headed off at the pass by UKIP who
will undoubtedly draw away many a potential BNP voter.
The Greens are making a strong showing and hope, through a
combination of the reputation of their well respected MEPs, their
consistent anti-war stance and a long term profile that they can make
gains at these elections. It could be a struggle as the reduction in
the number of seats could hit the Greens fairly hard, but anecdotally
their support seems to be holding, if not growing.
And of course RESPECT hope to make a strong showing and prove that it
is possible to create a broad progressive organisation committed to
peace and opposed to privatisation. If RESPECT can achieve a respectable
vote it will ensure the possibility of the continuation of the project
and the prospect of a chance to shift some of the political debate
to the left.
This of course is not to discount the scattering of brave socialists
who are standing in the local elections. Ian Page who is standing in the
GLA elections for instance for the Socialist Party will be hoping for a
good vote, if not to win, and a number of socialists, under a variety of
banners are flying the flag on the estates and local areas where we all
need to build.
This last week is all of our opportunity to make a final push to
make sure that we maximise the left vote through leafleting, last ditch
press work and last but not least, voting for real change.