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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Perhaps I shall vote after all.


 The faces of British politics 2015.



Take your pick






I have not voted for many years, since just before Blair, Mandellson, Campbell and Brown destroyed the Labour Party in fact. From being an active party member, CLP chair, Council Group Leader, PPC, and a number of other posts, I became party less, as no political group matched my views on society or any of the other issues which I considered to be essential. It was not a case of me deserting the Labour party, but more the Labour party deserting me as it lurched off to the right in pursuit of perceived popularity and electoral victory at any price, rather than political belief. I never subscribed to the argument that being in politics was about winning elections at any price rather than campaigning for a fair and democratic society where people were more important than corporations and collective well being was more important than greed and self interest.

There is however a political manifesto in this General Election Campaign, which proposes a society and a catalouge of policies which in many ways, reflects what I have campaigned for in the past and still argue for today.


*Fight for a publicly funded, publicly provided health service free at the point of use.
*End austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least a living wage.
*Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
*Build 500,000 social rented homes by 2020 and bring empty homes back into use to ensure everyone has access to an affordable place to live.
*Scrap Trident, The "Independent" nuclear deterrent.
*Phase out fossil-fuel based energy generation and nuclear power.

Until now I have been spectacularly unimpressed by the negative, cliche ridden hostility of the general election campaign from the majority of political camps. However, it may well be that on 7th May, next Thursday in fact, I will go to the station and vote after all.