Now I try to generally avoid politics if I can. If I can’t, I’m generally of the opinion that I know what’s right and generally the Government is wrong (isn’t that the way???).
For anyone who isn’t sure the general layout of our nearly ‘three-party-system’ it works like this. The current Government is the Labour Party which is right wing. The main opposition (The Conservative – ie – The Tories) wants to be right wing, but because the Labour Party have taken that spot have had to go a bit more right wing. Then there’s the Liberal Democrats who are confused and sort on middle ground on most things.
Now in the run up to the election you will find that mostly the Labour and Tories say the same thing, they will lower taxes, raise spending and that the other party are lying and will raise taxes.
The Lib Dems, on the other hand, realise that they are too small to slug it out with the other two parties, and so say things that are sensible and do their best to appear cute and fluffy and hope that people who’ve had enough of the bickering between the other two parties will vote for them instead.
There are also several "fringe" parties and independents that very rarely get in ranging from the far far fascist right to the near communist left, as well as those "one issue" groups. Here in Swansea West there are eight candidates for the seat;
Conservative – Mohammed Abdel-Haq
Labour – Alan Williams
Liberal Democrat – Rene Kinzett
Plaid Cymru – Harri Roberts
Green Party – Martyn Shrewbury
UK Independence Party – Martyn Ford
Socialist Alternative – Robert Williams
Legalise Cannabis Party – Steve Pank
Swansea East is similar, but don’t have the last three parties, they have the British National Party, who are……. well, if I said that their leader, founder and a number of members were recently arrested for inciting racial hatred (allegedly – just to cover my back) I’m sure you get the idea…….
But this isn’t what I’m supposed to be talking about, as normal I’ve just wondered off on a tangent…. today while watching the news it was announced that Labour have introduced their manifesto for the next government (if they get re-elected). It comes in a fitting little 112 page red book. My very first comment was, "its Chairman Blair’s Little Red Book!!" I’m sure that they have no intention of such comments being applicable, but hey, I’m an anarchist at heart!!!
I meant, Britain – Forward not Back…. it’s…. amazing, and stolen from what President Clinton says in an episode of the Simpsons, so to finish, here’s the full quote……
Britain – forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom. Please vote Labour*
*the author has no wishes to influence your vote, if you’re eligible to vote in the upcoming election, and most certainly wouldn’t want to influence you into voting for the Labour Party, but felt that that final comment had to be added, just so you know.