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Saturday, September 01, 2007
  Respect and internal disputes
The link is to a page on "Socialist Unity", which always strikes me as a bit of an Oxymoron, and describes current stress in Respect.

Respect have, in Birmingham, split the anti-Labour vote and allowed Labour candidates to beat the Lib Dems.
 
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> split the anti-Labour vote...

Quite. I fully agree with your sentiments that people rarely vote LibDem for positive reasons.

And that's why so much LibDem election material misrepresents other candidates views and opinions; it's all done to increase voter's unhappiness with those decent politicans who put the interests of their constituents above personal political ambition in order to bolster up the "anti" vote and increase the chances of getting a LibDem elected.

Thank you for your succinct explanation of where so much LibDem support actually comes from.
 
Splitting the anti-Labour vote is an unfortunate situation. However, it shouldn't stop the Lib Dems gaining the new seat of Birmingham Hall Green in the next general election. But at a local level it is problematic.

Where I come from (Northern Ireland), there used to be pacts between the two major Unionist parties in particular seats to avoid the Unionist vote being split.

Respect would better backing the Lib Dems in certain seats, and focusing their efforts on seat they can actually win.
 
The evidence is there in the European Elections (where people don't have to vote tactically so much - although Respect votes remain uninfluential).
 
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