Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Crunch vote for C-charge

As one of the few people who seem to take an interest in local elections, this year's vote on Thursday this week promises to be a very intriguing affair. There is a tendency in national media to view local elections as an opportunity for people to report back on the performance of central government. However, such simplistic generalisations hides local feuds and battles, like the one we will witness in Irlam and Cadishead on Thursday.

Last time round the suspicious Community Action Party made significant inroads into Labour's vote, enabling a Conservative to take a council seat here. I have outlined my concerns about the CAP before on this blog - they appear to be a rag tag mob of reactionaries with no clear political ideology. Their leader, a Wigan Councillor was once ejected from a council meeting whilst attempting Nazi salutes. Their campaigns simply consist of cheap jibes at Labour's record in Salford. Labour have retaliated this year to attack the CAP through a leafleting campaign and through a bizarre but lame video on YouTube. But I fear their efforts will be undermined by voter apathy, a backlash against Gordon Brown, and concern over the proposed Congestion Charge for Greater Manchester, which may well cost another Labour council here - this time the prominent Salford Councillor Roger Jones.

Source: Crunch vote for C-charge - News - Manchester Evening News

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