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Leading Ipswich Tory Calls for UKIP Vote.

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Leading Ipswich Tory and Former Brain of Britain Jumps Ship.

 

Voters Should Vote UKIP in Bridge Ward

Posted on April 15, 2014by 

I agree with James Spencer here where he says

It is tough to persuade voters who have invested some of their identity with a party that the town’s interests, a Labour defeat, means lending your vote to another party…….

…..So with the European elections coming up vote for your party in the European elections where you won’t be wasting your vote and vote for the party most likely to beat Labour in the local council.

In Bridge that means UKIP.

 Algar continues,

“It’s a case of none of the other parties being capable of beating Labour. The Tories can’t win Bridge and neither do they want to. So UKIP are the only option.”

So, having slagged off Ipswich as a “dump” Holy Roller Kevin Algar is now preparing to abandon his own party.

We confidently predict that many other Tories, and not just eccentrics like Algar and his friend Spencer (who left the Conservatives in opposition to gay marriage) will shift over the xenophobic far-right UKIP.

Like rats deserting a sinking ship? 

Written by Andrew Coates

April 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

UKIP: UK Now Has Real Far-Right Populist Politics.

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CABU

French Left’s Dilemma After Front National Breakthrough in 1984.

Like Cabu’s Grand Duduche  you start by feeling that you don’t want to have anything to do with anybody who voted UKIP.

This came to me when the BBC’s Look East showed a chippie in Great Yarmouth. That town elected UKIP Councillors to Norfolk County Council. The chip-shop owner was vociferous in his UKIP support, as were many others in the seaside resort.

I like Yarmouth chips. They sell them with a choice of sauces. Inspired by Belgium custom  you can get mayonnaise and curry, amongst other flavours.

I will make a point of not going to Yarmouth for my annual day-trip.

The party now has 15 councillors in Norfolk  and scored 23.47% of the county vote - Conservative 32.6pc, Labour 22.75pc, Liberal Democrat 10.97pc, Green 6.55pc, Independent 3.27pc, Christian People’s Alliance 0.13pc, United People’s Party 0.02p

They got a councillor in Ipswich too, in Whitehouse and Whitton.

I will not feel comfortable in the company of anybody who backed James Crossley, or those , 20% of the electorate across town  (and they didn’t stand in 2 divisions) who voted for them in Ipswich.

But that’s a reaction, not a strategy.

A Strategy?

We need clarity on how to deal with UKIP.

For a long time people on the left have been convinced that the threat from the far-right came from the BNP and the English Defence League.

Principally that there was a “massive surge” in hostility towards Muslims.

This view was reinforced by a whole industry of speculation  about the Islamic ‘Other’.

This was always a skewed analysis: there is a little evidence that the masses were ready to engage in a wholesale attack on Muslims.

‘Islamophobia’ was also used by those who took this line to denigrate those who backed the secularists, feminists and trade unionists who, after the Arab Spring, have had to face right-wing Islamist governments.

Now we have a party that has focused on an ‘Other’ that is lot closer to home: the Eastern European hordes from Bulgaria and Romania.

Standing in, of course, for the ‘foreigners‘ already here.

In place of abstract ruminations about the Other, we had better look at an older anti-racist idea: scapegoating.

This is not a vote of the ignored’ working class’s expressing their real needs.

It is the result of a conscious attempt to deflect people’s anger at austerity, stagnating  wages, and mounting personal debt, onto an easy target.

Foreigners, we know, are not the only thing UKIP are about.

They want to make life easier for British capitalists, they attack trade unions and the poor, and their cultural views are a mix of Norman Tebbit, Jeremy Clarkson and the US Tea Party.

They are dyed-in-the-wool free-marketeers.

UKIP councillors will no doubt often make fools of themselves.

But we cannot count on their ability to self-destruct.

We, the left, need to attack them where they are weak: are they for austerity or are they against it?

What will they do to help working people defend their rights?

Will they support the Living Wage?

Will the fight against tax breaks for companies and the rich?

Will they back the NHS?

Internationalism.

Before anything else the Left should shout, loudly, its internationalism!

Against hatred between the peoples!

For European unity of the peoples, the workers and the poor!

For a European Social Republic: level wages and benefits upwards!

Down with the Xenophobes!

Down with UKIP!

UKIP Campaign in Ipswich on Hatred of Foreigners.

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Cat Herdsman. 

Massive Threat to Our Local Services.

No it’s not the cuts, austerity, or the recession.

UKIP leaflets distributed in Ipswich over the weekend begin by stating,

Within a year, 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians will gain the right to live, work and draw benefits here.

Only UKIP is taking seriously his massive threat to out local housing, schools, health and council services.

Ipswich Spy downplays UKIP’s potential here.

Certainly after reading press reports over the weekend  we come away with the – justified – view that a bigger gaggle of cranks, nutters, racists and venomous right-wing extremists would be hard  to find.

The Spy  points out that,

Locally UKIP don’t have a branch in Ipswich. They have branches all over the Eastern Region, but none in Ipswich. The UKIP agent is from the Bury St Edmunds branch, although he was the UKIP candidate here in Ipswich at the last General Election and he lives in Stowmarket. So they don’t have the huge numbers of activists the Liberal Democrats could boast before they came into Government.

One could add that their candidate, Mark Tinney (for St Helen’s)  has a shaky grasp on what local councils do.

His main policy plank is to “try to reduce parking charges and extended free parking in the town centre”.

These are County Council elections.

Parking is the responsibility of the Borough Council.

His other ideas are more police visibility and encouraging  “more business for Ipswich”.

We suspect that nobody will read this part of the leaflet.

They will alight on the ‘threat’ of hordes of Bulgarians and Romanians descending on Ipswich.

We consider, based on what Ipswich people say,  that they will have more of an echo than Ipswich Spy thinks.

Informed people may well ‘ridicule” UKIP’s claims.

But the Tories and the right-wing media have relentlessly pursued the line that migrant workers are a ‘menace’.

They have continually attacked ‘Europe’, the EU’s social policies, the ‘regulation’, the ‘bureaucracy’ and the ‘waste’.

It’s no good bleating about what a bunch of odd-balls UKIP are.

They have feathered the UKIP nest.

Much of the  Left too has failed to stand up for Europe.

Sections of the  organised left have attacked the EU to such a point that they fail to distinguish between the free-market policies of the present Commission (backed by all the major states, and only feebly challenged by the French left government), and the potential of a Continent-wide union of the peoples.

If they want to get rid of the European Union what would they replace it with?

Many on the left go very quiet at this point.

Do they seriously think an “Independent” Socialist Britain  or an “independent” Socialist Scotland would come about from leaving the EU?

To challenge the hatred and division spread by  UKIP and the Tories,  we need the politics of internationalism.

Unity between the peoples, between the working classes and the poor, across Europe.

For this we stand for a European Social Republic!

Rotherham and Croydon: Earthquake for Respect?

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Respect: Plans Gang aft agley.

On the eve of the election this appeared on the Respect Site.

We are on the edge of a political earthquake in British politics. In polling conducted at the weekend, the Respect candidate in the Rotherham by-election, Yvonne Ridley, has the lead over Labour. Labour has panicked and launched a vicious and negative campaign of dirty tricks against Respect but this has been sidelined by our magnificent positive campaign with the Respect battle bus, advertizing truck and campaign groups in every ward.

Polling conducted in the Croydon North by-election suggests that Lee Jasper, the Respect candidate, is now neck and neck with the Labour Party to win the constituency.

This is what happened (including the Middlesbrough by-election),

“Labour has won three by-elections, holding Croydon North, Middlesbrough and Rotherham parliamentary seats.

It increased its share of the vote in all three seats, but its majority was down in Rotherham, where the previous MP had quit over expenses claims.

The UK Independence Party came second in Middlesbrough and Rotherham, and finished third in Croydon North.”

How did Respect fare?

Rotherham by-election, 29 November 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Sarah Champion 9,866 46.25 +1.62
UKIP Jane Collins 4,648 21.79 +15.87
BNP Marlene Guest 1,804 8.46 -1.96
Respect Yvonne Ridley 1,778 8.34
Conservative Simon Wilson 1,157 5.42 -11.32
English Democrats David Wildgoose 703 3.30
Independent Simon Copley 582 2.73 -3.58
Liberal Democrat Michael Beckett 451 2.11 -13.87
Trade Unionist & Socialist Ralph Dyson 261 1.22
Independent Paul Dickson 51 0.24
no description Clint Bristow 29 0.14
Majority 10,462 27.89
Turnout 21,330 33.89
Croydon North by-election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Steve Reed 15,892 64.7 +8.7
Conservative Andrew Stranack 4,137 16.8 -7.3
UKIP Winston McKenzie 1,400 5.7 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Marisha Ray 860 3.5 -10.5
Green Shasha Khan 855 3.5 +1.5
Respect Lee Jasper 707 2.9 +2.4
Christian Peoples Stephen Hammond 192 0.8 N/A
National Front Richard Edmonds 161 0.7 N/A
Communist Ben Stevenson 119 0.5 +0.2
Monster Raving Loony John Cartwright 110 0.4 N/A
Nine Eleven Was An Inside Job Simon Lane 66 0.3 N/A
Young People’s Party Robin Smith 63 0.3 N/A
Majority
Rejected ballots
Turnout 26

Labour won.

This is a good thing.

That is despite (as Toby says) the fact that the Labour winners in Rotherham and Croydon are part of the hidebound right-wing of the party.

It is still an anti-Coalition result.

The sensation of these elections is of course the UKIP vote.

These ‘fascists in blazers’ are the weevils of the British politics.

What for the left?

TUSC (261,  1,22 % in Rotherham and 277, 1,6% in Middlesbrough) and the Communist Party (119 votes)  did not do well at all.

Ridley’s votes (1,778, 8, 3,4%)  are  far too many for any socialist to rejoice about.

Somebody who says this, ““[Respect] is a Zionist-free party… if there was any Zionism in the Respect Party they would be hunted down and kicked out. We have no time for Zionists.” She explained that government support “goes towards that disgusting little watchdog of America that is festering in the Middle East”. She went on to attack the Tories and Lib Dems, saying that all the mainstream parties are “riddled with Zionists”” represents forces that have no part in the labour movement.

Still one cannot but smile as ‘Rapper Jasper’s’ result: 707, 2,9%, that is, a lost deposit.

And at the pitiful attempts to draw comfort from their result by Respect supporters (wonder how long this link will last before these ‘democrats’ take it down).

The obvious fact is that Respect have drawn from the old (and now unused) Liberal Democrats’ by-election strategy: publish boosting made-up door-step reports and ‘polls’ just before an election.

And the truly magnificent score of the Rotherham Liberal Democrats (2,11% below an Independent, 2,73%) brings a spring to the step.