Thoughts in the aftermath of the election
However, after last week with war returning to centre stage in the electoral debate, I decided I couldn't afford to not vote Labour and let in the appalling Liberal Democrats - or even worse the Tories. I kept thinking of Bush/Gore in 2000, where it wasn't really all of the Florida shenanigans that gave Bush victory so much as all of the leftists voting for Nader.
I felt particularly good to be voting this year, the year of Kyrgyzstan, of Palestine, of Iraq - hopefully maybe the year of Belarus.
Just a mention of the disaster in the East End: Galloway's win over Oona King. Respect did well in a couple of other places - SWP hack Lindsey German in West Ham and Muslim activist Salma Yaqoob in Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath. Links: Respect results, Red Pepper: transcript of Galloway's address to his supporters.
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