There has been much analysis of race and gender representation in parliament – but the inescapable fact is that there is virtually no one working class elected as an MP in this parliament. A third of all MPs were privately educated and the rest are as representative of our class as the eight men negotiating now over our future government. When they begin to implement the cuts coming our way this blatant class divide between those making the cuts and those taking them may make for a bit of class analysis to reappear on the scene.
If we’re not gonna kick off now then when?
Will we explode when more of us end up out of work, with no money & forced into forced labour? Will we have had enough when our hospital staff have been cut to ribbons or when our kids schools have 100 kids in a class or when we no longer will have the teachers to educate our children or will it start to kick off when we no longer can afford to live with the poverty that’ll soon overcome us all, whilst the rich continue to laugh at us and crush us as they will, if we don’t confront them now head on? We squabble amongst ourselves for a pittance.
We are gonna have it hard, but the next generation,our children & their children will have it far harder if we continue like we are doing so now.
From the Burning banks and petrol bombs on the front lines of the Greece uprising such actions do have positive side-effects for those involved in revolutionary circles and activities, although the mainstream press would like to tell us differently – usually stating that violent protesters are different, ‘self-styled’, and hold no sway with mass opinion – and so we should be mounting more violent campaigns against the tentacles of the global order. But it doesn’t have to be violence for violence sake, as I’m sure some trolls will argue, although I will say this = Greece is not where it is today from daily picnics and placard waving…Indeed, not a single week has passed since December 2008 when a bomb of some description – be it a mollie, a burning gas canister or a fully fledged IED – hasn’t gone off or been found and deactivated – I know, because I’ve researched the Greek news every day since Alex G. Was murdered.
It take one spark to ignite a fire, just is what that spark?
Completely obliterated in the general election, the BNP’s rout continued today as the party lost councillors wholesale in the simultaneous local elections. On the BNP’s showcase BARKING AND DAGENHAM council, where the BNP, with 12 councillors, formed the official opposition and expected to increase its presence, voters removed every councillor belonging to the racist party, making Barking and Dagenham BNP-free for the first time in years.
In Stoke on Trent, where the BNP had nine councillors and also formed the official opposition, two sitting councillors were ousted (two others defected from the racist party earlier this year), reducing their presence to five. The party’s two remaining councillors in SANDWELL were removed, as were its sole representatives in SOLIHULL and LEEDS.
We either take now or stay the same?
Days following the sham that was the election, Thursday’s election has been described as a shambles, a complete farce which shames the nation, after scenes of thousands being turned away from polling stations without being able to vote. Is this just another instance of chaotic Britain muddling along, like Dad’s Army, or is there a more sinister element, of systemic fraud? That malpractice had been at play in previous elections, in 2005, the Scottish elections of 2007 and the infamous Glasgow North East by-election last year, was more than evident. My view was that it could become the central focus of this election rather than the pseudo-conflict between three City-backed politicos.
This view seemed to be confirmed when high-profile candidate George Galloway MP of the leftist Respect party made the following sensational revelations:
“Respect has a substantial dossier on the current abuse and the principal people involved in this attempted fraud. George Galloway will name these people and the Respect bus will drive to their addresses where reporters and photographers will have the opportunity to question the people Galloway has named.”
We had also had the comments of Martin Bell, the conscience of Britain, the White Knight who had vanquished the corrupt Tory, Neil Hamilton:
“There is actually a possibility that the result of the election could be decided by electoral fraud. That’s pretty grim.”
With these two leading the charge there was a real possibility that light would be cast on the dark recesses of British political life.
But this is Britain. On the morning of the 7th Galloway made this remarkable statement to the press:
“What we’ve done in these three cases is to point out the huge increase in numbers of people suddenly registering at their addresses in the space of a few days. We’ve never said it is voter fraud.”
Had someone has a word with George or was he just the conductor whereby the lightning of this issue was safely lead to earth? The rest is silence, a silence unlikely to be broken by a report from electoral observers from Europe and commonwealth countries to come out in two months time.
And so the election remains just a shambles, nothing more. There is, of course, to be a thorough investigation to make sure nothing of the like occurs ever again.
The absence of fraud leaves us with a very unconvincing narrative for the course this election. What was the nth rerun of the old firm five yearly fixture had been had been dramatically enlivened by the performance of Nick Clegg , leader of the Liberal-Democrat party, in the TV debates. As a result there was a surge of enthusiasm for Clegg, suddenly a contender, reflected in a huge increase in registrations to vote. But these votes didn’t go to Clegg. The last pre-election poll showed him kneck and kneck with New Labour with both trailing the Tories. The “strange’ exit polls (as noted by Vince Cable), however, suddenly revealed a drop in the Lib Dem vote, which was confirmed in the actual results, as reported. So Clegg’s TV successes only inspired people to register and vote for his opponents. Either the British people are perverse or this electoral process was.
The growing corruption of the British electoral process is well documented and doesn’t require anything additional from conspiracy theorists such as myself. Listen to Richard Mawley QC, The judge presiding over a case of vote-rigging in Birmingham in June 2004:
“The system is wide open to fraud and any would-be political fraudster knows that”. Citing evidence of “massive, systematic and organised fraud”, Judge Mawley said the system was “hopelessly insecure” and sent a message to those that claimed that the current postal voting system was working, adding: “Anybody who has sat through the case I have just tried and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic would find this statement surprising.”
“The best and simplest way to procure false votes is to invent false voters – “ghosts”, as they are known in the trade” reports Nick Davies in a highly recommended 2001 Guardian article which exposed the various modalities of UK electoral fraud. He elaborates:
“The real joy of raising electoral ghosts is that there are no ghostbusters: there is no system for checking the accuracy of the electoral register. Riggers can find a derelict building, or add a couple of extra houses to a street, or use the address of a hostel or anywhere else with a transitory population, and simply bung in names. If they are unlucky or particularly clumsy, and happen to catch the eye of an electoral registration officer, the police may be called. But, under normal circumstances, the paperwork is routinely processed straight on to the register with no attempt at checking.”
He goes on to discuss widespread techniques such as the “Tipp-Ex trick” and “granny farming”. But this was 2001: he is describing the process in its infancy, as it were, before New Labour really systematised fraud by introducing postal votes for all, proxy votes for all and making it easier to add names to the electoral register. I don’t intend to give a comprehensive treatise on our fraudulent practices: I limit myself to providing these highlighted links for those of you who wish to do some further study. And very interesting it is too.
Electoral fraud in the UK is an open secret, the elephant in the room(another one!) but nothing ever happens about it. We have “independent “ bodies like the shadowy “Electoral Commission” making recommendation which are ignored. In fact, there are bodies everywhere and skeletons falling out of cupboards but we Brits are just too polite to notice. The police are forever following up allegations; there have been fifty in the last week. But nothing happens.
Trying to divert criticism from itself, Jenny Watson of the Electoral Commission blamed Britain’s “Victorian” electoral system. I’ve never heard it called that before; in any case, it’s much more like the notorious 18th century system of rotten burghs. We also hear comparisons with “third-world countries”. But corruption or alleged corruption in countries like Zimbabwe results in a chorus of indignation and calls for regime change. No one is doing that here for the simple reason that the people calling for regime change in Zimbabwe are the regime in Britain, and they don’t want to overthrow themselves.
Should we, the people, want to overthrow them? On the basis of the scenario I have outlined above there is a strong prima facie case for an orange revolution in Britain. I’m not referring here to another 1688, a coup d’etat by Anglo-Dutch finance backed by loyalist mobs. Instead, Lib Dem voters should be out in the main squares demanding a full criminal investigation into the events of last week: they should pick up where George Galloway left off . What use will PR be to them if the votes continue to be rigged? What is the use of all the votes in the world if we don’t have the rule of law?
The wider world also has to learn the truth about British democracy, a system whereby political fraud, as easy as throwing a frame of snooker, is enthroned next to financial fraud, and we are all the losers. They will then equip themselves all the better to resist the interfering, the warmongering and the malicious busy bodying of a country which has yet to learn that the empire is over.
I respect Billy Bragg but disagree with his naivety.
You can not reform parliament, we need change and that is on the streets, there is no doubt that Hope Not Hate gave the kick in to The BNP, but ask for yourself just where will the proposed change Mr Billy Bragg and his new found Middle Class friends lead us, looking back May 7th 2010 showed us that if we had the parliament The Lib Dems The Green Party desire, today we will be in a circumstance of the first BNP MP and though I dislike the idea of a conservative government, it fills be with dread what we are going to play witness to over the next four years, so we were told the Working Class would blame the immigrants and that Nazi Boy Griffin would win a seat. Whatever you think of Hope Not Hate, I disagree with Billy Brag but, week in, week out they were there on the streets and this has no doubt made sure Nazi Boy Griffin did not gain.
It was the same over England, now we know Anarchists have problems with pride, but understanding the political nature of class and the revolutionary background to England, having pride in our class is nothing to feel shame about. The BNP lost not because of the left, no, because the working class understand who their real enemy is: the middle class and, as we wake to a hung parliament, we need to make sure the loss for the BNP is not proclaimed as some victory for democracy and neither is a hung parliament.
The only true victory for the working class is a revolutionary working class, one that self-organises and does not look to the Far Right , the Far Left or the Ballot Box.. none of them can contain our dreams.