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(en) UK, Birmingham, Mediam 'Don't bother to vote' row

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Date Sun, 6 Jun 2004 16:57:03 +0200 (CEST)

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Birmingham anarchists could land themselves in hot water after
delivering thousands of leaflets urging people not to vote. The
leaflets portray city council leader Sir Albert Bore and Eurocrats
Neil Kinnock and his MEP wife Glenys as freeloading monkeys who serve
themselves rather than the community. It calls on people to 'Clean Up
Brum - Bin a Politician', urging people not to vote on June 10 as it
only gives political leaders credibility. The author, who would only
identify himself as Guy Fawkes, said the campaign was serious.
"We believe politicians should all be locked up for fraud and
deception. They are an elite class who serve themselves," he said.

"We'd be better off if we got rid of them and let communities run
themselves. Voting only encourages them."

He added that they have so far posted 2 , 000 leaflets in Northfield
and Kings Heath, but hopes more people will join up and help
them take the campaign across the city.

The Electoral Commission, which is running a national
campaign, aboutmyvote. co.uk, to persuade people to go to the
polling stations next week, said the leaflet broke electoral law.

A spokeswoman said: "All leaflets and publicity relating to an
election campaign, whether they are for candidates, making a
general political point or against the election altogether, need to
have an official imprint and bear the publisher's name and

If people complained to police then action could be taken, she

The Don't Vote leaflet bears only an unattributed mobile phone
number and a hotmail e- mail address.

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