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19 May 2008
The Labour Party's Death Struggle
Nu-Labour is trailing badly in the Crewe and Nantwitch by-election and it seems unlikely that they can make up the lost ground in time for the vote on Thursday. If that happens then we really are seeing the end of the whole, wretched Nu-Labour project. The party will struggle along for another two years, and will then face extinction at the polls.

What is happening is that across the country the tribal link that connected the urban working class to the Labour Party is being broken. The habit of voting Labour because it is the party of the working man has almost gone: and a bloody good thing that is to be sure.

Out of the wreckage, new parties will emerge, as is already happening in South Wales. Eventually they will come together to form a party or coalition that will represent the core values of that urban working class. Values of social conservatism and economic radicalism, instead of the other way round.

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New parties, like the British People's Alliance! The trouble is my own constituency MP is Vince Cable who I quite like, but if the BPA stood a candidate I'd be sorely tempted to vote for them.

19 May 2008 at 14:29  

With a fast-growing network of sub-agents (we expect hundreds, and are well on the way) to get out the vote for Strasbourg here in the North East. And seriously considering a three-candidate list in at least one other region, so well do we expect to do there.

19 May 2008 at 16:12  

"Well do we expect to do there". That's like "nice to see you, to see you nice". We expect to do well there, well do we expect to do.

Well you won't do well, will you. In the unlikely event of your actually fielding a candidate, I expect you to lose your deposit. Lose your deposit I expect, unlikely event candidate fielding your in the of.

19 May 2008 at 17:56  

Oh, you thought that you owned all those votes, didn't you? Thought that you could up any old rubbish at all - just at look at the "choice" being placed before the people of Crewe and Nantwich. Well, those days are coming to an end.

We have at least half a dozen natural constitunecies large enough to keep our deposits here in the North East alone, collectively easily enough to get someone in if the votes turns out (at least one of them alone is actually that large), which it will.

In several regions where those constituencies are larger, and/or where others of ours exist, we are looking at two seats. In at least one, we are looking at three on a good day.

Just so long as every old lady gets a lift to the polling station and whole branches (of various things), congregations and what have you make a day or an evening of it. The job of our sub-agents, whose numbers grow daily.

19 May 2008 at 18:08  

As far as I am aware the BPA isn't registered as a political party, and if it isn't registered, then it cannot run candidates. That is not to say that people could not run for it, but they would have to appear as independents on the ballot papers. Hardly a good start.

I think that David should publish his views in the form of a personal manifesto and invite comments on it.

He could set up an on-line think tank and invite contributions from people who by and large share his views, and seek to influence policy that way.

There are lots of things that he could do that are better than this fantasy party.

19 May 2008 at 18:14  

Oh, it will be registered. It's a matter of getting all the forms round the country by post, and then back again and off to the Electoral Commission. I'm halfway through that now. It's so much easier for the Block Parties, whose officers all live within a mile of each other.

A think tank? I'll get back to you on that one. As I have been known to wonder in the past, how does one go about setting up a think tank? Actually, I had a scheme for that, which would kick in once we'd actually got people into either Strasbourg or Westminister...

And just beacuse they're not talking about something in the online equivalents of Notting Hill wine bars does not make it a "fantasy". Hundreds of miles away in the real world, it might quietly be making very considerable progress.

19 May 2008 at 18:28  

Well, why not copy some of the British think tanks? They are far more small scale than their American counterparts.

The Henry Jackson Society and the now defunct Euston Manifesto are cases in point. The former is basically about going off and killing darkies whilst keeping Britain firmly planted as an American puppet state.

Set up a web site and state your aims. Keep 'em short and to the point, and then invite folk to join. Put out a call for papers on the theme that your tank exists to promote.

The aim is not to get elected, it's to change policy.

19 May 2008 at 19:20  

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