[Marxism] Blair Govt election woes mount

shaun cohen shauncohen at ntlworld.com
Sun Jun 13 01:05:50 MDT 2004

After what was dubbed super Thursday because of the number of votes cast New
Labour is trailing third in the popular vote. Once apparently solid safe
Labour councils have been lost.
The far left has picke up a number of council seats around the country and
the neo nazi British National Party have made gains. This is against a
campaign by the popular press and others about asylym seekers and
immigration waged over the last few years.
The IRaqi factor is apparently to blame for Labour's ;osses but it is more
complicated than that. These elections give people the chance to vote
against the Goovernment, there are issues about the health service,
education and the public sector these have al combined together. The actual
Conservative vote is the same as in 2000 and they went on to defeat in the
next General Election in 2001.
The results of the European Elections are not due out until 10.00 pm (UK) it
is expected that the anti EU party UK Independence Party will make gains.
 RESPECT had a very good showing in London and if ballot papers had not
being disqualified in the numbers they were ( we had a new postal voting
system in many areas) they would probably have got representatives onto the
Greater London Authority.

Shaun Cohen
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "DoC" <donaloc at hotmail.com>
To: "marxism" <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2004 11:23 PM
Subject: [Marxism] Blair Govt election woes mount

> A chairde,
> I didn't see any mention of this event - which is of significance - on
> the list. The New Labour party has suffered huge losses at the local
> elections held in England and Wales on June 10th. The European election
> results will begin pouring in from all ends of the current EU from
> Monday.
> The news in Ireland isn't totally clear just yet - however, the
> undoubted story is the massive growth in the Sinn Fein vote across the
> Island. It looks as if the party will gain its first MEP in the North -
> it is very much in contention in Dublin and the 'Northwest' constituency
> of border counties in the Irish Free State. In local elections in the
> State, it would look as if Sinn Fein have taken up to 100 seats (largely
> off the ruling coalition parties in particular the bourgeois nationalist
> Fianna Fail).
> Is mise
> DoC
> Links:
>       Pressure on Blair after elections
>       Tony Blair is facing further questions about his leadership after
> the worst performance by a governing party in the local elections.
>       With most results in, Labour has lost 464 seats and eight
> councils, including Newcastle and Leeds. The Tories gained 263 seats,
> including Trafford.
> full: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3799929.stm
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