3 Jun 2009

Green Party landslide in elections?

Well I have delivered the last green leafs, talked to over 600 people at public meetings and hustings, blogged and written for the campaign and we are on the last lap.

The expenses scandal will deliver a big Green Party vote...but there is a bigger picture.

1) We have a severe global environmental crisis. Politicians generally ignore this, if elected my priority would be life and supporting the people working to save the planet, indigenous people in Peru are fighting to save their rainforests and stop oil exploration as I blog.

In contrast bankers and airlines are just as busy trying to make a profit out of manipulating emissions trading and other misplaced carbon policies.

2) There is an economic crisis, at present we have recession but down the road, infinite economic growth on a finite planet is not going to work.

3) Political crisis, decisions are globalised, politicians part of an elite, democracy is failed.

For all these reasons I would urge you to vote Green, learn more and where appropriate get involved in direct action...

I am not, I suspect going to get elected tomorrow but the Greens are going to do very well...how well, well we shall see.

Labour and the Tories are going to do badly.

Lib Dems, also tainted by scandal they may dive, I had the pleasure of debating with David Grace a Liberal Democrat on the euro list for the South East who was well informed and radical, other Liberal Dems I debated with in contrast were poorly informed and had little to say of a serious nature on the crises we face.

I am guessing those who do vote Lib Dem will think of Vince Cable and those who don't will be reminded more of Nick Clegg.

UKIP are going to do well, depressing, they have produced Ashley Mote, who at the last election was their 2nd SE MEP, imprisoned for fraud he joined a neo-fascist groups with Mussolini's grand daughter, I at least don't expect Hazel Blears and Jacqui Smith to sup with Hitler's associates when they leave parliament!

UKIP are free market fundamentalist who would privatise the UK, introduce flat tax and they don't believe climate change will occur...the prospect of them winning big would be scary although I suspect they will take a wage, some expenses and do very little (good or bad) at Europe.

Depressingly I belive the BNP will win some seats...so even if you hate my party, make sure you vote for some one other than the racists, a low turn out will put the far right in MEPs positions.

Libertas will bomb...who know what they stand for, outside candidates and election obssessives.

Like wise the Jury Team.

The Socialist Labour Party may pick up a higher score but no MEPs

No2EU is unlikely to return any MEPs but might pick up some votes from people who think it is UKIP but otherwise it has not made a splash...I haven't had leaflets from any parties other than lib dem, con, lab, UKIp, Bnp and my own Green Party.

All will be revealed on sunday when the votes are finally counted...wish me luck!


Adrian Windisch said...

Good luck Derek. Who knows, you may be an MEP before long.

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Paul said...

I voted Green, but I reckon, as the council election results seem to be showing, the other Tories will get the lions share, not the fringe parties. People are idiots.

Anonymous said...

Derek - trying to get in touch re results of Irish local elections. WIPE OUT for right-wing green party who are propping up a very corrupt and incompetent government. email me at mcotton@mediabite.org? Very much appreciated.

Anonymous said...


Oxford Working Class Bookfair to host meeting on history of anti-fascism in Britain from 1930s to Present day struggles. Saturday 20 June, 11 am - 6 pm, Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford Free admission.


'Don't Mourn - Organise!' - Joe Hill, IWW

Watching 2 veteran Nazis strutting around as they became MEPs must have turned many a stomach. Andrew Brons, the BNPs first elected MEP is a former member of the National Socialist Movement, deliberately founded on Hitlers birthday, whose members carried out bombings of synagogues and Jewish property in the 60s. In 1984 he was arrested for breach of the peace after he was observed shouting slogans such as 'Death to Jews' in Leeds town centre whilst trying to flog fascist newspapers.
Nick Griffin, the Fuhrer of the BNP is on record as denying the holocaust and has called for a 'strong, disciplined organisation with the ability to back up its slogan ‘Defend Rights for Whites’ with well directed boots and fists. When the crunch comes, power is the product of force and will, not of rational debate'.
So, What is to be done?


OXFORD WORKING CLASS BOOKFAIR is pleased to be hosting an emergency meeting - as part of a day of talks, discussion forums and workshops addressing the issues facing our people in these credit crunched times - discussing the lessons of anti-fascist campaigns and social movements in Britain such as the Battle of Cable Street in the 30s, the Red Shirts, a militant campaign set up by trade unionists around Ruskin College that forced Oswald Moseley's Black Shirts and British Union of Fascists out of Oxford, the Anti-Nazi League & Rock against Racism in the late 70s etc. with a view to discussing what we can do to stop the cancerous growth of fascism and racism today. Speakers will include David Renton, historian of anti-fascism & author of 'When We Touched the Sky, the Anti-Nazi League 1977-1981' and stuff on local history of anti-fascism in Oxford + local anti-racist, trade union & community activists. Come and join the debate and discussion



We are also pleased to announce a new workshop on the issue of immigration and solidarity with migrant workers at the Oxford Working Class Bookfair with Teresa Hayter, an acclaimed authour and activist on on migration and anti-racism issues. She has been active in the Campaign to Close Campsfield since the immigration prison was opened, near Oxford, in 1993. She is one of the authors of the No One Is Illegal manifesto. Before that, she was active in anti-racist and other workers campaigns. She has written seven books, including Aid as Imperialism (Penguin, 1971), The Creation of World Poverty (Pluto, 1981) and Open Borders: The case Against Immigration Controls (Pluto, 2000, 2nd edition 2004).

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