Posts filed under ‘Elections’

Why I won’t be organising hustings

I will not be organising hustings for the General or Local Elections in 2015 through any of the groups I’m involved with. This doesn’t mean that they won’t happen, just that I won’t be putting any effort in to organising them. Here’s why: (more…)


Monday, 8th December 2014 at 21:40 UTC 3 comments

UKIP’s threat to peaceful international relations

I’m sure far too much has already been written regarding UKIP and their potential allies’ successes in the European Parliamentary Elections. A lot of it seems to focus on either economics or race relations, but perhaps less on what it means for the countries of Europe as a whole.


Wednesday, 28th May 2014 at 14:42 UTC Leave a comment

Voter ID: more chipping away at UK democracy

Whilst looking for details of candidates in the forthcoming European Elections, an article on the Electoral Commission website caught my eye. Its not good news. Anyone who follows American news closely knows that Voter ID laws have proven ruthlessly effective at preventing minority voters from exercising their democratic rights, and it looks like they’re headed for Britain, too.


Monday, 3rd February 2014 at 6:00 UTC 1 comment

Toynbee is wrong: votes can be ripped away

So today Polly Toynbee saw fit to tell us that, absent decent rioting, young people “better declare an intention to vote with a vengeance”. The rest of the article, containing some non-horrifying policy points that Labour should take up, aside, there are two major issues here that need unpacking: Voter deregistration or elimination and the perceived democratic deficit.


Friday, 22nd November 2013 at 13:04 UTC Leave a comment

Parties are not the answer

This post is not intended to connect up with the Russell Brand discussion. Its an explanation of the strategy I’m pursuing with my involvement in the People’s Assembly as much as anything. It is largely born out of arguments with, and discussions about, people involved in the various ‘New Worker’s Parties’ like TUSC, Left Unity and so forth.


Friday, 15th November 2013 at 16:34 UTC 1 comment

The Aftermath of Vote 2011

So I said a few weeks back that I would start writing more on this blog, and with the local elections now done and the Lib Dems put back in their place, I actually have time to take stock. This post will look at the electoral-political reality coming out of this week, whilst i intend to write a further piece looking ahead at the coming months of Stop the Cuts work.


Saturday, 14th May 2011 at 18:58 UTC Leave a comment

A reaction to Ed’s speech

By the wonders of technology and the Labour Party website, I tuned in to see Ed’s speech. It contained very little that actually grated, but at the same time, very little that could be called ‘impressive’. Certain parts, including his paragraph on Iraq felt like the right message 5 years late, and the Palestine section was perhaps the only one to mark a significant shift. But what did he leave out, and where does this leave those contesting the cuts in their own communities?


Thursday, 30th September 2010 at 0:10 UTC 2 comments

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