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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Stop Thatcher!

Not long to vote in the poll I mentioned the other day and stop the Thatch having her ego massaged again. For those of us who lived through her rotten reign as adults, this one is personal! For me, one memory that sticks out is quasi-military checkpoints on our local roads in 1984/5, and riot police kicking in doors and smashing through houses in pursuit of striking miners in a village I knew well.
Vote here for Tony Benn (and yes, I know all about his flaws from a red-green perspective, but this is tactical voting in action!)



At 12:20 pm, Anonymous a very public sociologist said...

Looks like out Tony's in the lead at the moment, but we should not slacken the pace. Comrades! To the polls!

At 10:22 pm, Blogger greenman said...

The poll is closed now.
Hopefully we will hear that Thatcher was beaten on Sunday!

At 10:34 pm, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

It's easy not to like Thatcher.

America has no labor party, only bourgeoise parties. Atleast you have something to work within.


At 11:26 pm, Blogger greenman said...

Well, Britain doesn't have much of a Labour Party these days either - the Blairites' mission was to turn the Labour Party into a UK version of the Democrats to alternate with the UK version of the Republicans that is the Conservative Party. (A task that they have largely achieved)
One of my favourite quotes from Tony Benn (hopefully the victor in the BBC poll)was when he stood down from being a Labour member of parliament, saying that he wanted to be more involved in politics!
There are still good people in the Labour Party in Britain, but they are almost completely marginalised and forced to spend most of their valuable time fighting their own party and its' policies.
The majority of the organised British left is now outside the Labour Party, and though many of them give verbal support to the campaign of Labour leftist John McDonnell for the leadership they will openly admit that he will not even get enough nominations to get on the ballot paper. The unions are now in a similar position vis-a-vis the British Labour Party as the US unions are to the Democrats.
In the Green Left we see the Green Party as the current natural home for democratic and libertarian socialists in England and Wales, whilst seeking the broadest possible alliance, including with union members and people who are still in the Labour Party, to push forward defence of the environment and the long term interests of working people.


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