Cpb election candidates

Cpb election candidates

New wave
New wave

April 12th, 2012, 5:54 pm #1

The communist party is standing candidates in former little moscows in the valleys of south Wales and in Clydebank among other places. Are we seeing the signs of a return of britains red belts?
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Wil Paynter
Wil Paynter

April 21st, 2012, 8:44 pm #2

No, boyo.
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zhou enlai
zhou enlai

April 23rd, 2012, 10:18 pm #3

Well, few are seriously landslide victories, but essentially that's not what we are about at this stage.

Standing in an election gives the party an opportunity to get its ideas and arguments out into the community. Starting at a low level of politics it is a chance to let ppl know that the Communist Party exists and the alternatives are there.

In Scotland we have won some remarkable comrades through them receiving election material with a follow up visit. We have often been told that the CP is the only party who had been out canvasing.

This joint activity also galvanises young and older comrades, as well ad public street activity, Marxist education classes etc.

Cheers.
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Hasanyi_Janos
Hasanyi_Janos

April 23rd, 2012, 11:20 pm #4

The communist party is standing candidates in former little moscows in the valleys of south Wales and in Clydebank among other places. Are we seeing the signs of a return of britains red belts?
I believe the CPB (or members of same) have been elected repeatedly in Cowdenbeath and other former Fife Little Moscows.
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Joined: January 10th, 2010, 12:34 pm

April 24th, 2012, 9:15 am #5

The CPGB policy was supposed to be to fight for PR, though that only meant STV,which still favours major parties. National List-(add em up, share em out, as in Holland) must be fought for, by all means at our disposal. We oldies found that our electoral efforts under FPTP lost us members, demoralised. They just felt silly koontz.
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new wave
new wave

May 3rd, 2012, 6:23 am #6

what ever the actual number of votes communists will get today many of the campaigns will already have been a success in recruting people and getting the communist message out into our communitites.

As council elections are free to stand in i think they represent a much better target for the party in its current state than parliamentary elections
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Joined: January 10th, 2010, 12:34 pm

May 3rd, 2012, 12:35 pm #7

People DARE not waste votes on no-hopers for fear of letting Tories in, that's the trouble.
The zenith of the BRS was when John Peck split the left vote in Nottingham North and did just that.
Peck, Elections Officer of the CPGB, later went Euro (if you believe these people were not 'sleepers' all along)before being drafted with others to screw up the Greens.
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Joined: January 6th, 2010, 9:32 am

May 4th, 2012, 12:44 pm #8

This is too negative an assessment of the potential of Communist parties for election success at Council level. I remember in Oxford during the seventies a very credible result was obtained despite the fact that we were in the middle of the Cold War. I cannot remember the exact figures but they showed we were a real 'contender'. The problem is not one of the 'inevitability of failure' but the amount of sustained work and the high level of commitment of comrades over a long period that is necessary in the ward to attain success. A lot of this will inevitably fall on the shoulders of the candidate but it is no use running these campaigns as a one man show. A viable collective is needed to support the candidate and to keep the work going if for some reason (ill health say) the candidate is not allowed to continue. Such comrades also need to be visible in the ward and involved in political activities in the community other than the electoral itself. At the moment of course this is not possible because of low numbers.
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Joined: January 10th, 2010, 12:34 pm

May 4th, 2012, 9:11 pm #9

It is the FPTP system that's the problem. With an "add em up and share em out" system the CPB could get
13 MPs with only 2% of the poll--easily done, and as people realise that all votes count, the number of
MPs would rocket-only trouble might be WHO would be the MPs as the CPB needs a good purge as much as the Labour party does.
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Jeremy Hawthorn
Jeremy Hawthorn

May 5th, 2012, 5:37 am #10

And you'd be the one to decide who to purge, eh Mick? But I agree about FPTP.
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