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The local elections are coming

and I'm unusually unsure how to vote. Almost as a kneejerk principle I don't vote Conservative because I disagree with their policies; but the council in Wandsworth has been Conservative for many years. Many local issues are reasonably well dealt with - but they closed a local hospital which is now an unused building on prime flat land and their election literature is smug in the extreme. Yesterday I was buttonholed by a Labour chap who was more eager and involved than most candidates and promised to make the local Labour MP read his email. Hmmph; as usual, I told him I vote Liberal democrat because I agree with their policies. He comes out with the usual 'wasted vote' rationale, but Mandy Rice Davis keeps on applying, though I'm not sure she ever gets the job.

Reading Charlie's journal led me to a piece by the UK Home Secretary in the Guardian on the right and racism: abnormally sensible and worrying too - it's not just France.


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30th Apr, 2002 08:56 (UTC)
I hope the center left does manage to pull together instead of apart. Things are pretty darn scary over this side of the puddle.

Even in California - on today's front page "Ward Connerly, the man who drafted California's anti-affirmative-action law, now wants to ban the state from classifying anyone by race or gathering racial data related to education, hiring or contracting." shares the ink with stories about the tenth anniversary of the LA riots (around the Rodney King beating) with the observation that little has changed. *sigh*

A possibly hopeful sign is the Rolling Thunder Tour http://www.rollingthundertour.org/ info someone sent me the other day which starts with a quote from Jim Hightower "For too long progressives have walked fearful of their shadows, whimpering and whining about what's wrong and fighting amongst themselves over crumbs. That time is over. It's time to sing and work and build a new community dedicated to hope and real change. And good beer." I can get behind that!
7th May, 2002 16:33 (UTC)
what happened in Holland was really scarey; even if it was an animal rights activist who shot Fortuyn (which seems so odd), there's still a big issue over his policies, especially if candidates get the sympathy vote. A gay friend of ours was recently talking about gay men who find skinhead politics appealing (rather than just liking the look). And it's a valid question - if Islamic immigrants in Holland are trying to change the liberal views on sexuality and homosexuality, how tolerant should the Dutch be of intolerance? My heart says tolerate away and teach by example, but it would be so sad to see them lose the acceptance.
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