I don't think that electing a Conservative Government is standing up to George Bush; nor is a protest against the Iraq war. They can bring back an hereditary legislature; they can replace the NHS with a contributory private health insurance system; they can wreck the economy, like George Bush
is wrecking the US economy, by privileging the interests of a small number of very high earners over the interests of the country as a whole.
Everything that Labour has done wrong, and there is a lot, they will continue and exaggerate. Everything that Labour has done right, common sense reforms that one tends to take for granted, can and will be reversed.
I remember people voting Thatcher in, or neglecting to vote for Callaghan, in 1979. We had to eat the results for years, for decades. We might have to eat it again.
I also want to say something about the election rigging scandal in Birmingham. I guess that one day such an accusation may be made falsely, but not in this case. While the offical procedures of law and politics may have to await due process, I have no such restraint. Those involved should be booted out the Labour party, and then they should be locked up.
And the postal voting system, which I have complained about before on this blog, should be - well, it can't be completely scrapped, because it serves a purpose - it should be heavily restricted and supervised. I am certain that rogue elements of all three main parties have indulged in fraud, and the postal vote system is the Achilles Heel.
Here is the BBC election site.
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