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Saturday, March 26, 2005
  Tariq Ali Says: vote Lib Dem to beat Labour
This issue is relevant in Sparkbrook and Small Heath and Perry Barr. In both of these seats the Respect group are standing.

Extracting from his article:
" the votes cast for the Greens, Respect and others will have no impact, with a possible exception in Bethnal Green and Bow,"

and

"It is possible that in some constituencies the Green/Respect vote could ensure the return of a warmonger, as we have seen in the odd by-election."

In this he is referring in part to Hodge Hill where having the Respect votes were sufficient to stop Labour winning.

The challenge for Talib Hussain and Jon Hunt is that of persuading anti-Labour voters to unite behind them as the best placed candidates to beat (probably) Roger Godsiff and (probably) Khalid Mahmood.
 
Comments:
Let's continue the extracts:
'In constituencies where there are MPs belonging to the anti-war faction, one should vote for them despite disagreements on many other issues'

Last time I checked, Roger Godsiff opposed the war and voted with the Labour rebels. Therefore, anti-war Labour supporters can support him with clear consciences.

I'd be careful about implying that Roger is a warmonger. He isn't.
 
I haven't checked the source on this, but "strategic voter" says:

The MP for this constituency first voted that the case for the war had not "yet" been made out (Division 117 of March 18, 2003) but then immediately went into the Aye lobby with the government on the crucial main motion supporting an illegal war (Division 118)
 
As opposed to Paddy Pantsdown who, as George Galloway points out, waited until we started bombing the shit out of the Iraqis before declaring his support for our bombers. One head... two faces.
 
Paddy Ashdown is not an MP. I don't know what he said about the war in Iraq.

I fail to see where it is relevant.
 
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