June 2004 elections

Vote 04: On Whose Authority?

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Peter Morgan tries to find out how well the left did in the recent elections.

The task, I thought, was a simple one. Socialist Review wanted to print a map showing the breakdown of vote by ward in some of the London boroughs to see how well Respect did. There is a by-election in St Dunstans and Stepney Green ward in Tower Hamlets on 29 July, so it would have been useful for the Respect coalition to gauge how they did at the European election, if their campaign worked, and if their supporters and sympathisers turned out to vote.

Putting Respect on the Map

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Mayoral candidate Lindsey German assesses the impact of the vote.

The centre cannot hold; things fall apart. That's the only conclusion to be drawn from Britain's 'Super Thursday' on 10 June, when right wing minority parties achieved high votes, but the left also put itself on the map and in some areas achieved astonishing gains.

Referendum Poses the Wrong Question

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As jingoistic anti-EU rhetoric abounds, Andrew Stone looks for the real arguments.

Barely a week after elections to the European Parliament delivered a stinging rebuke to government parties - with the largest parties in 23 out of the 25 EU member countries suffering a drop in their share of the vote - ministers from these parties agreed the text of a 330-page EU constitution. It provoked the right wing press into apoplectic jingoism, which Tony Blair countered by wrapping himself in the Union Jack and boasting of 'red line' British issues defended from the continentals.

Women on the Front Line: Can't Beat the Real Thing

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Lindsey German receives an enthusiastic response campaigning for the 10 June election, as these extracts from her 'blog' reveal.

The Double Shift
Tuesday 4 May

Alarm goes off at 5.30am and as usual when I have to get up very early I have slept very badly. I'm surprised - as usual again - by how many people are up and working. The people who drive the buses and trains, bake the bread and clean the streets have already been up for hours. This army of workers which keeps London moving is for the most part badly paid and taken for granted by the government.

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