General Election 2005

Why did the LibDems get the anti-war vote?

Pete Radcliff, an AWL member, stood in Nottingham East under the banner of Socialist Unity. He got 373 votes, or 1.2% of the poll, about a third of his score in 2001. He writes about the lessons of the campaign

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Cynics through and through

By Bruce Robinson

In Manchester Withington, the Liberal Democrats overturned an 11,524 Labour majority with a 20% swing to win the seat by 667 votes.

Early in the campaign, I was called by a Lib Dem phone canvasser. When asked why I wasn’t going to vote for them, I said “It’s because you’re a bunch of cynical opportunists.” (Not the whole reason, but a good enough starting point!) The Lib Dem campaign bore this out.

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Tubeworker 1/5/05: Shorter working week / General Election

The new issue of Tubeworker outlines how management are using the shorter working week agreements for stations and signalling staff as cover to push through attacks on the workforce, and calls for action under rank-and-file control. It also laments the worst General election in living memory, and reports on workplace issues including next week's TfL strike and the ongoing threats to our pensions.

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Stations & Signals: Stop the Jobs Massacre

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Help socialist ideas get a hearing against Blair, Kennedy, and Howard!

Send a contribution to Pete Radcliff's Socialist Unity candidacy in Nottingham East, part of the England-wide Socialist Green Unity Coalition in this General Election. Cheques to "Nottingham SGUC" via P O Box 823, London SE15 4NA, or use the AWL online donation facility here and we will forward the money to Nottingham.

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Tubeworker 11/4/05

The new issue of Tubeworker assesses the forthcoming General Election, and sounds the alarm about stations de-staffing and attacks on pensions.

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General Election: WHAT CHOICE FOR WORKERS?

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Where Michael Howard learned to "talk tough"

Michael Howard’s summary execution of Howard Flight, the Tory MP who talked candidly about the Tories’ tax and spending plans at a private meeting, has prompted a storm of protest in the Tory Party. Tory Party members are apparently not used to such “firm leadership”, nor diktats from the centre. They are used to pottering around their leafy constituencies, networking over sherry. Maybe that is why the Tory Party has such a high quota of eccentrics and mavericks.

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Vote for our side, not the least bad of theirs

In the Guardian on 26 March, Tariq Ali, who back in the late 1960s and early 70s was perhaps Britain’s best-known Marxist, called for a “tactical vote” for the Liberal Democrats in the General Election likely on 5 May.

Because the Liberal Democrats have become much more left-wing? On the contrary, they have been carefully “re-positioning” themselves as business-friendly and pro-privatisation. At their spring conference in March the Lib-Dems passed policy to ban any strikes which “will cause far reaching damage to the economy and national interest”.

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Labour's election manifesto: Profit, Profit, Profit

In the Guardian on 15 January, Alan Milburn, Tony Blair’s chosen general election coordinator, set out New Labour’s prospectus for the general election likely in May.

Through the fog of buzzwords and spin-jargon in Milburn’s article, the message emerged: more privatisation, more marketisation.

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