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The Brexit ballot box fightback starts here

If you have a chance to vote in your local council’s elections on Thursday then do it. The second of May is the start date of the movement to wipe the Conservatives off the face of the Earth via the ballot box. If there is a UKIP candidate, vote for them. If there is anyone else who looks vaguely pro-Brexit, vote for them. Otherwise spoil your ballot and write ‘WTO Brexit Now’ or whatever you feel is appropriate.

Ignore all the special pleading from Conservative MPs about how the Brexit betrayal is not the poor local councillors’ fault. They’ve all been a part of a very long leftward drift, and for that the party must be removed as an option for the right. They hung around even when Cameron turned the Conservatives into a New Labour party, so they’re not due a break. The message must be sent, not just to Theresa May, but to them as well.

You might say, ‘But I don’t want Labour to control my council’. This brings up the other point I wanted to make. In my experience most Conservative councillors are little different to Labour or LibDem councillors. I think this applies to most of the UK. It doesn’t make that much difference whether the Tories or Labour have control, councils still waste our money, interfere with our freedoms, and fail to deliver on basic services like weekly bin collections. That’s why the “Bins, not Brexit” slogan is so woeful: what do the Tories actually offer that is different when it comes to bin collections? Nothing. They”re exactly the same as Labour. (And of course councils only have limited power to change anything anyway.)

So there’s no good reason to vote for the Conservatives tomorrow anyway, even ignoring the bigger picture, and every reason to remove them from the local council scene as well as the national level.

Update: The Labour Party vote is fragile too, but they’re likely to do well on Thursday, purely because of the Conservative meltdown. I don’t know if they’ll be fooled by this into thinking their vote is strong. It isn’t — there’s a great many people thinking of walking away from Labour too. In fact, they have two groups thinking of leaving, the traditional working class who are Leavers, and the middle-class centrists who don’t like too much Marxism and anti-Semitism, and who want more commitment to Remain.

Update 2: It’s important to vote, even if it’s to spoil your ballot. Not voting is useless it sends no message. Councils always have low turnouts, so if you don’t turn up they’ll just take it you’re another apathetic slob who’ll let them do what they want.

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7 thoughts on “The Brexit ballot box fightback starts here

  1. Well said time to give the Tory party an indecent burial and move on. I’m sick of watching left wing pricks dance their vile dance in it’s bloated corpse.

  2. I spoilt my ballot paper, as the only choices were Conservative (left wing, anti Brexit), Labour (left wing, anti Brexit and Lib Dem (left wing, anti Brexit).

    There will be reckoning.

  3. Had an independent and a Yorkshire Party candidate on our ballot paper, all the rest were LibLabCon. Voted for both of them, hesitated over YP as I didn’t know anything about them, just wanted to be as anti mainstream as possible. The Conservative members all got back in.

    I find it slightly bizarre that the Libdems have come out of it so well, don’t people actually know that they are even more anti Brexit than the other two?

  4. I’m still waiting to see if the LibDem vote actually went up or if they just benefitted in relative terms from the Tory/Labour collapse and low turnout. The media don’t seem to be terribly interested in telling us.

  5. This is what I suspect. Their vote held up, plus maybe got a few Labour voters unhappy at Corbyn’s refusal to actively oppose Brexit to switch, and the Tory vote fell through the floor, hence the LDs taking councils off the Tories.

  6. Yes, and actually, looking at the raw numbers (that is, without the context of the previous local elections) it’s basically a pretty solid Tory win. Not a landslide by any means – at a 28% vote share they were neck-and-neck with Labour – but 3,562 seats is still over 1,000 more than Labour and almost three times what the LibDems won. And they still hold almost 100 of the councils that were contested, compared to the Libs’ 18.

    Of course, in context it was a deservedly awful night for them, and a good one for Vince’s mob, but these things are relative. People are talking as if – no, they’re actually saying – the LibDems won. They absolutely didn’t. Not even close.

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