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General Election: From Despair to Defiance – and Galloway Lost to Naz Shah.

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One Good Piece of News at least.

The visit of Lewis the Eighteenth, April 1814.

“There was a great crowd in the street when he came out of the hotel, and immense applause; the mob crying out, ‘God bless your Majesty!” as if they owed him all they had, and even their lives.”

((Zechariah Coleman, a radical and dissenter) “who did not hooray, and did not even lift his hat when the Sacred Majesty appeared on the hotel steps” is challenged by a drayman for not saluting the Bourbon King.

A full fight ensures.

Zechariah is rescued by Major Cartwright, “Holloa, my republican friend, d—n it, that’s a nasty lick you’ve, and from one of the people too; that makes it harder to bear.”

The Revolution in Tanner’s Lane. Mark Rutherford. 1887.

But, Lord, remember me an’ mine
Wi’ mercies temporal and divine,
That I for grace an’ gear may shine,
Excell’d by nane,
And a’ the glory shall be Thine,
Amen, Amen!

Holy Willie’s Prayer. 1785. Robert Burns.

“Election 2015: Ed Miliband resignation imminent as Conservatives win stunning majority”

Election results: Conservatives on course for majority.”

Ed Balls loses Morley & Outwood seat.”

Election 2015: SNP wins 56 of 59 seats in Scots landslide.”

Today is not a good day.

Not a good day at all.

The People have dealt us a nasty lick.

The vote for common decency – the Labour Party – did not succeed in squaring up to the Right.

Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to step down later after his party’s disappointing general election showing, the BBC has learned.

Labour suffered heavy losses at the hands of the SNP, with the Tories forecast to achieve a majority.

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson said Mr Miliband was expected to address party staff, with two senior sources saying he would quit.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was among the party’s big-name casualties.

It also lost its election campaign chief Douglas Alexander and its leader in Scotland Jim Murphy.


In England the electorate of Eatanswill has returned, like a dog to its vomit,  to David Cameron.

In Scotland, the alliance of Holy Willie and Oor Wullie has dealt a blow to more than the Labour Party – it’s hit socialism itself.

Those who imagine that the SNP’s politics of looking after their “ain folk” has managed to strike a blow against the British Imperial state, heralding a new politics of the ‘anti-austerity’ left, in association with Rupert Murdoch,  will soon find that reading Tom Nairn is no substitute for the realities of the egoistic and narrow goals of the nationalists.

Farage looks on course to fail to win a seat for UKIP.

If we can draw some further (meager) comfort from the results this is it:  George Galloway blames ‘racists and Zionists’ for defeat to Naz Shah in Bradford West.

There must be a lot of racists and Zionists in Bradford West as this was the vote, “The Respect party MP, lost his Bradford West seat with 8,557 votes to Shah’s 19,977.”

And hyenas “George Galloway has vowed to return to politics after losing his Bradford West seat, with a bizarre speech where he talked about lions and hyenas.”

So much for the strategy of aligning with Islamism.

There was no breakthrough for the left of the Labour Party.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)  was, and remains, irrelevant.

Its votes were derisory.

In Ipswich we have this, much more depressing, news, “Election 2015: Ben Gummer increases his majority as he fights off David Ellesmere to hold Ipswich seat.”

Yesterday about 5 pm, as I was passing down Upper Brook Street, there was a street person on a stretcher surrounded by paramedics and Ipswich ‘Rangers’. Walking round the corner, in Dog’s Head Street, one of another group,  obviously buzzing on a mixture of illegal and legal highs, asked me for dosh. Back in the Street, entering Sainsbury’s a woman tried to reassure her tiny daughter, “You see things like this in London all the time”.


We’ll see a lot more of that with Cameron’s victory.

I am in the mood to make sure that we fight this every inch of the way.


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  1. All the pernicious ‘red Tory’ and ‘England votes Tory’ shite the Scottish popular front nutters have been coming out with … England’s cities voted Labour, as did the NE, NW and Wales — many times the population of Scotland voted Labour. But don’t let facts get in the way of a good bit of nationalist chest beating.

  2. Exactly, Red.

    Anybody who imagines that there is progressive potential in Scottish nationalism is deluded.

    Some of my cousins (there are a lot of them incidentally, the Coates family is numerous), who were born in Scotland (my dad was Glaswegian and our family, grandparents, are old ILP) lived in Harwich for a while in the late sixties (their dad was a seafarer).

    They picked up an East Anglian accent – as (Londoner) kids we used to mock them with “Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy.”

    When they moved back to Scotland – Ayr – they soon adopted a Scots voice

    For self-protection.

    That’s the kind of national feeling the SNP trade on.

    Progressive, my arse!

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

  3. lions and hyenas … probably inspired by Enver Hoxha?


    May 8, 2015 at 11:08 am

  4. “In a further twist, it emerged that Galloway was reported to the police on Thursday afternoon for a possible contravention of the law preventing the early publication of exit polls. Galloway reposted Twitter a message saying “early exit polls suggest 2 votes for @georgegalloway to every 1 for @nazshah”. It was not clear that such an exit poll even existed and the account it came from was taken down. Galloway later deleted the tweet.

    In response to the suggestion that Galloway broke the law by posting about an exit poll, his spokesman texted a one word reply: “yawn”.”


    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

  5. And this, “The former Respect Party MP had led a victory procession through Bradford before the votes were counted.”

    George Galloway loses Bradford West to Naz Shah: People ask where his cat outfit is .


    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 11:29 am

  6. Galloway for Mayor of Tower Hamlets!
    The Zionists are celebrating.


    May 8, 2015 at 1:15 pm

  7. Galloway for Mayor of Fordwich!

  8. The badgers are laughing.

  9. “The hyena can dance on a lion’s grave” – George Galloway

    Well George, it takes more than one hyena to party!

    john r

    May 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

  10. All those Bradford ‘zionists and racists”: 8,557 votes to Shah’s 19,977.

    And there’s this:

    “The Lib Dems say remarks by one of their MPs during French solidarity marches were “clearly in bad taste”.
    Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted “Je suis Palestinian” as marchers gathered on Sunday following the terror attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead.
    He also tweeted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence in Paris “makes me feel sick”.
    The Israeli ambassador urged Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to take action over the “shocking” remarks.
    More than three million people took part in the unity marches across France, with many displaying the slogan “Je suis Charlie” in a reference to the satirical magazine attacked by Islamist gunmen.
    Police officers and a kosher supermarket were also attacked.”


    “David Ward found himself among the victims of the Liberal Democrats massacre at the polls as he lost Bradford East to Labour.

    A clearly upset Mr Ward could not even bring himself to share the podium with the victor, Bradford Council deputy leader Councillor Imran Hussain as the results were declared.”


    Partisans de la ligne de Charlie, Moblisez Vous!

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  11. Ah! Three (not two) minor crumbs of comfort: Galloway, Farage … and Ward.

    Doesn’t make up for the defeat inflicted on Labour by the Tories and their friends the Nationalists, but it’s some small consolation.

    The AWL’s initial analysis: http://www.workersliberty.org/07may2015

    Jim Denham

    May 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  12. Galloway will be back, you can be assured of that.
    The AWL’s analysis is OK, nothing great. I would add to it that the LFI group and Zionism in the Labour Party should be challenged, and the next leadership contest should included more than just two brothers from the same family pretending they are working class. Russell Brand lost Milliband votes because it made him look like a desperado.

    The SNP are hardly friends of the Tories. What a out and out lie.

    Galloway should be welcome back in the Labour Party, to strengthen the Labour left.


    May 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm

  13. Alex Salmond also made the lion reference.

    There is a lot of claiming of victory for the Pakistani party MQM over Galloway. Galloway called for the arrest of their exiled leader. A mass rally against Galloway was held in Lahore yesterday. [dawn.com/news/1180609/]

    I have no idea what it means but I notice prevalent screenshots from Pakistani TV in tweets. The same channel showing in shops around where I live. But one would guess that maybe, at least in part, he played communalist politics and lost?

    Also, for people I know the looming issue in Brexit (because they’re Eastern European). It has been a complete none issue during the election but for, what is it?, 1.5m people already building new lives here it is the most important.

    So, a couple of other narratives for the left to maybe at least ponder.

    Paul Canning

    May 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  14. Should have put money on Naz Shah. The bookies also got that one way wrong.

    Now guessing next Labour leader will be Dan Jarvis, a former paratrooper. They’ll prioritise winning back English and Welsh seats over lost Scots ones. He seems the best placed for that task though the bookies say Chuka Ummuna (‘Britain’s Obama’, remember? LOL.). Struggling to think of a single ‘left’ alternative.

    I would also bet that Labour will continue to take the wrong message from the UKIP vote and the left will either ignore the scale of it or play it down. How many seats did it cost Labour? Almost certainly enough to give the Tories a majority. If Carswell is now UKIP leader they won’t be going anywhere.

    Paul Canning

    May 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  15. David Cameroon is celebrating.

    “Struggling to think of a single ‘left’ alternative.” @PaulC

    How about Galloway and Luftur Rahman and Rubina Khan? there’s three for you.

    Dan Jarvis – pro war pro army person. will not be convincing to anti war and Muslims.


    May 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  16. One more gloat!

    Paul Canning

    May 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  17. i think a pink fedora would suit you.


    May 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  18. People’s Assembly,

    “Our proposed demonstration following warnings of a ‘Tory Coup’ has been cancelled.

    It was fantastic to see such overwhelming support for this action. It was right that we were prepared to mobilise against dirty tricks.”

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  19. Crucial battle in Bermondsey and Old Southwark.:

    142 total votes taken.
    0.3% share of the total vote

    The Republican Socialist Party , with candidate Steve Freeman
    0.0% share of the total vote

    Andrew Coates

    May 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  20. “How about Galloway and Luftur Rahman and Rubina Khan? there’s three for you.” – Dean

    No, Steve Freeman for Labour Leader. His Republican Socialism can surely win back all those SNP voters.

    Ok he only got 20 votes and split Left Unity but it’s a start.

    John R

    May 8, 2015 at 7:11 pm

  21. https://twitter.com/gallowaysfedora

    Seems to be some kind of twitter channelling (as they say, I believe) Galloway and Tommy Cooper.


    May 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  22. I will Follow the Twitter account!

    Andrew Coates

    May 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  23. I think George Galloway should stand as Mayor, and declare Tower Hamlets an Israeli Free Zone!

    Fedora’s are masculine cool. Perhaps you have a problem not only with Muslims, but with the expression of masculinity.


    May 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm

  24. Fedoras, masculine cool?

    It depends what you mean by “masculine cool”. Personally, I think the Gorgeous One needs to get in touch with his feminine side more often.

    john r

    May 9, 2015 at 6:56 pm

  25. I am sure that George will slay the dragon of reaction.


    May 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

  26. When did the pussycat become a lion?

    Sue R

    May 9, 2015 at 8:09 pm

  27. George loves strong-men and likes to grovel before them. That’s how he gets his kicks.

    Jim Denham

    May 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm

  28. … well that and blaming all the world’s ills on je …(sorry!) … “Zionists”

    Jim Denham

    May 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

  29. Zionists have plenty to be blamed for, they are also good at blaming the Muslims and Arabs. Ask Pamela Geller on the right and Jim Denham on the left. Both zionists, one left one right, united in their stand with Israel.


    May 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

  30. If Trotsky were alive today, he would be a lot like Ian Donovan.


    May 9, 2015 at 10:10 pm

  31. I spent yesterday evening with some most excellent ‘the muslims’ comrades. Oddly, the topic of Zionists, let alone their responsibility for all the ills of the world, never came up. Perhaps that’s because they are socialists and not neonazis in red jumpers and they have a fundamental understanding of who (or what) the real enemy is.

  32. perhaps that’s because they haven’t yet been introduced to Ian Donovan’s challenging Theses.

    You have a Talmudic approach to Marxism, and you have no understanding of dialectics.


    May 10, 2015 at 12:32 am

  33. …said the village idiot.

    You really shouldn’t use words you don’t understand.

  34. Indefatigable, flotilla, scintilla,fedora – how about these big words?


    May 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  35. “It has come to my notice that there has been widespread malpractice in this election, particularly over postal voting – George Galloway.


    This confirms what i thought, Naz Shah won through ‘malpractice’. Lets back George in his legal challenge!


    May 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

  36. Ha ha ha!


    May 10, 2015 at 10:44 pm

  37. BBC Radio Leeds ‏@BBCLeeds 28m28 minutes ago

    Good morning. @lizgreenlive here to start the week right. Coming up #VEDay70, #Bradfordfire30th and if you prefer red or brown sauce?

    Galloways Fedora @GallowaysFedora
    Liz Green retweeted
    .@BBCLeeds .@lizgreenlive Whatcha Liz! Some say my owner has lately preferred “red-brown” sauce. Can’t imagine what this means.

    Galloways Fedora ‏@GallowaysFedora 15m15 minutes ago
    Liz Green retweeted
    .@lizgreenlive .@BBCLeeds Google: “red-brown”:”the moral, political and intellectual collapse, of the left today”, like Hitler-Stalin pact.

    Galloways Fedora @GallowaysFedora · 11m 11 minutes ago
    Liz Green retweeted
    .@HennaK5 .@lizgreenlive .@BBCLeeds Nothing wrong with some red-brown HP sauce. Appeals to elements on all sides of the sauce spectrum

    Top Cat

    May 11, 2015 at 6:38 am

  38. Too funny not to do a ‘Downfall” joke.

    Andrew Coates

    May 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

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