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(en) UK, Resistance anarchist bulletin #49 ELECTION DECEPTION

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 19 May 2003 08:23:16 +0200 (CEST)

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council elections will take place throughout
Britain as well as elections to the Scottish
Parliament. Turn out at the polls has been lower
than at national elections for many years.
The chances are that mass disillusion with the
electoral process will grow. This
disenchantment may well be fuelled by recent
events, when the Blair regime virtually ignored
even token recognition of Parliament.
Despite this, some may decide to show their disgust
with Labour by a vote for the Greens, or even
the Lib Dems, as a result of anti-war
At the same time, the fascists of the
BNP will be standing a record number of
candidates in the council elections, hoping
to profit from an increasing disillusion with
Labour within the working class.
In response to this disillusion which
opens up a vacuum in British politics, and
against the threat of the BNP, some groups
have decided to run as left alternatives to
Labour. This includes the Independent
Working Class Association in various areas
around England, and the Bristolian
electoral alliance in
Bristol. The latter
appears to be an
alliance of community
activists, ex-Labour and
ex-Liberal Democrats
and radical liberals.
Some anarchists
seem mesmerised by
these electoral DON'T VOTE
challenges to Labour, It Only Encourages Them
and appear to have lost
their critical faculties.
Some of these groups
have highlighted the
need to build effective
c o m m u n i t y
organisation within
working class areas,
especially in opposition
to the fascists, who are trying out this
tactic themselves. We heartily agree that
now is the time to develop community
organisation, to act locally ­ within a broad
general strategy ­ to organise among
tenants, to develop counter-organisation
and self-organised welfare groups.
But there is no difference between a
vote for a parliamentary candidate and a
vote for a council candidate: the local state
­ as represented by counsellors ­ is the
same as the national state as represented
by MPs. Organisation in the community
should not mean a vote for an
uncontrolled candidate but should involve
the empowerment of all.

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