A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, January 05, 2009

There is an alternative?

Will need to stick an imprint on this post as it relates to the council by-election where I'm agent - Stoke Newington Central.

Nominations have now closed and there are 5 candidates:

Matt Hanley, Green (who is on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MattHanley proclaiming that "I'm well chuffed - over 15 Hackney Green activists out, leafleting ward almost complete, SNC canvassing putting the shits up Labour!". Interesting language for a candidate for public office, and er... no you didn't. (main theme of leaflets - Greens are second in this ward)).

Patricia Napier, Conservative (main theme of leaflets - printed on green paper - Tories are second in Stoke Newington area, if you happen to include 2 wards from Stamford Hill)

Karelia Scott, Lib Dem (main theme of leaflets - Lib Dems are second in this constituency)

Nusret Sen, Direct Democracy (Communist) Party (no leaflets so far but picture of Stalin on party website here: http://www.directdemocracy4u.org/ENG/index.php gives you an idea of general ideological millieu he's coming from, as do party slogans listed on the Electoral Commission website:

Achieve abundance - get rid of money
Defeat the bourgeoisie - present day barbarians
Fully automated-continuous production, transportation, communication
Make machines slave to men
Party of Direct Democracy - of abundance
Party of proletarians - of communists
Party of Stalin - of building communism
Party of World Proletarians - World Communists
Production, distribution, communication - owned in common)

However, he got 504 votes in Haggerston Ward in 2002 as an Independent, so not to be sniffed at.

And last but not least:

Louisa Thomson, Labour

It's looking like being a lively campaign, lots of posters up already from different parties, lots of activists of all parties out campaigning this weekend despite the bitter cold.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

leingleYou still won't say what how many votes Labour will "win" by in next-door Seven Sisters and which party will be the 'runner up' (-:

9:46 pm, January 05, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to promote your vile policies for supporting arms dealers, Israeli massacre of Gaza, Guantanamo and extraordinary rendition on your nu labour leaflets? Don't tell us your vile beliefs aren't vote winners in Hackney? - go on show some bottle- put your money where your mouth is!!

10:16 pm, January 05, 2009

Blogger Mark Still News said...

Sounds like you are getting worried about Nusret Sen the democratic Communist candidate, as he does not support the barbaric torture in Guantanamo and the Slaughter of innocent Civilians in the Gaza?

12:54 am, January 06, 2009

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Anonymous #2:

a) it's a council election about what the parties will do in Hackney, not what they will do on defence or the Middle East

b) the candidate is deciding the messages - I'm just the organiser. I doubt she shares my positions on those subjects.

c) our literature also has to reflect the policies of the Hackney North Labour Party, where I'm probably in a minority of one on all the issues you mention.

7:42 am, January 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seven Sisters by-election - why won't you answer the questions, Luke?

11:58 am, January 06, 2009

Anonymous mr williams said...

Luke is doing an Obama, and refusing to comment on the Gaza situation.

The delusion, it's out of this world!

People are dying and Luke thinks some crappy by-election in Seven Sisters is more worthy of comment.

12:35 pm, January 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'll find people vote for what you stand for and principles that resonate with theirs - you have none. Too busy slagging off people who have GOT principles,and the respect of their own community, and afraid to condemn the massacre in Gaza aren't you?

3:44 pm, January 06, 2009

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

I've got principles - just ones you disagree with.

3:58 pm, January 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about Seven Sisters?????

Answer, boy!

5:52 pm, January 06, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not clear whether your acerbic comment is responsible, but the Green Candidate's Twitter has stopped twittering since yesterday. People are saying that his main website is out of date and wondering why he seems to have stopped bothering.

11:25 pm, January 08, 2009


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