UK local elections 2nd May 2013
The predictions are CON 29, LAB 38, LD 16, UKIP 11 and Others 6 according to Michael Thrasher and Colin Rallings. However the latest national polls are CON 32%, LAB 40%, LDEM 11%, UKIP 12% and Others 5% according to YouGov.
Currently the local political landscape is a Tory wet dream with them controlling 30 out of 34 councils, 1 being held by the Lib Dems and 3 with no overall control (NOC) at the last elections held on the 4th June 2009.
Whatever happens on Thursday right-wingers will be happy with UKIP on the rise and the Conservatives remaining (at a local level) in first place, albeit with a reduced amount of councils and councillors.
Do not forget that the left is standing in various forms, from Green Socialism to regular Socialism to Communism!
Don’t let the rich dictate the lives of the working class!
By Leon J Williams
Putting aside for a second the failings and flaws behind the almost universal concept that a successful government is one that increases GDP the most.
The UK’s right-wing coalition government is a failure, its economy has contracted by 0.3% in the final quarter of 2012, worse than expected. The previous government, the ever increasingly unpopular centralist Labour Party (led by Gordon Brown) warned before the last General Election that if the winners of the election didn’t pursue a course of investment and instead pursued a course of austerity and welfare cuts that the country would experience a double-dip recession.
Needless to say the right-wing coalition government who won the election ignored the advice and did indeed plot course for austerity and cuts and the result is even worse, not only did we have our double-dip recession but now we enter a triple-dip recession, course set for stagnation, no opportunities, poverty and general hardship.
It is painfully clear that the UK government is following an ideologically driven agenda that aims to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
By Leon J Williams
The right-wing Taro Aso is the former Japanese Prime Minister who currently holds duel posts as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Japan.
He has said today that he wants Japan’s elderly to “hurry up and die” and that they are costing the government too much money in medical costs.
Japan has seen it’s GDP place fall from 2nd in the world to 3rd recently after 20 years of a stagnant economy leading to great political pressure to turn things around.
As Taro Aso is right-wing he wants to cut any government funding to help its ageing population, he even went as far as to say that elderly people should feel guilty for taking government money for health reasons.
The right-wing are the same in every country, the privileged class, wealthy, selfish and generally inhumane people.
By Leon J Williams
Failing music retailer business HMV has decided to shaft its customers by not honouring gift vouchers that haven’t currently been redeemed.
HMV is a British multinational company that after 90 years of operation has entered into administration, likely to be soon no more.
Over 4,000 jobs hang in the balance as yet another British High Street retailer collapses under the ongoing economic crisis, the by-product of capitalism.
Last week it was announced that Jessops (a camera retailer) was set to close down, making around 1,400 workers unemployed.
With companies going under left, right and centre where will these people find work, pay their rent and feed their families?
The right-wing British government is also cutting benefits to the disabled and unemployed meaning a downwards spiral for the working class.
Higher unemployment, failing businesses means less tax revenue for the government, which means the UK will find it harder to reduce national debt, which has been seen and admitted by the government when they acknowledged that it will take far longer than previously expected.
‘Austerity’ doesn’t work, we need investing in sustainable jobs not welfare cuts, service cuts, job cuts!
It has just been announced that Blockbuster UK, the video rental chain has also gone into administration putting at risk over 4,000 jobs.
By Leon J Williams
Opinion polls are showing the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) at an all time high, according to Opinium/Observer with 15%.
As clearly shown by UK Polling Report in their article ‘The ups and downs of UKIP‘ all of the major pollsters have shown UKIP increasing in the ratings, mostly at the cost of the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) and reasons for this and their ‘successes’ in a couple of local polls.
So the current polls show:
Labour – 39
Conservatives – 29
UKIP – 15
Lib Dems – 8
So a coalition could be on the cards for the 2015 General Election though a Conservative/LibDem one is looking increasingly unlikely.
Why were UKIP the party to profit from the demise of the Lib Dems and the Anti-Labour vote?
The Lib Dems have lost most of their vote due to going against everything they stood for in the last election and labour lost the election because of bad financial management and warmongering. Labour have regained some of their losses but not all of them.
There are many parties in the UK and outside of the old main three parties there remains three in the ‘second tier’ two far-right parties, the BNP and UKIP and one left-wing party, the Green Party of England & Wales.
I suspect that the BNP failed to capitalise due to the extremeness of their policies and blatant fascism and the Green Party failed to capitalise because they didn’t criticise the European Union (EU) enough.
UKIP must be opposed at all times and on all fronts, they do not and should not be allowed to get into a position of representing the working class of the UK.
Only the progressive left fight for the interests of the working class and even though the choice of representatives for the progressive left are very limited in the UK there is still the Green Party.