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Election(s) day… May 6, 2021

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…in Scotland for the Scottish Parliament. Not only but also, the Welsh Senedd (Parliament), the London Assembly, the London Mayoral election, 13 mayors across England, 145 local councils in England and police and crime commissioners across Wales and England.

And the Hartlepool by-election to the UK Parliament.

Many of us will be closely watching the Scottish Parliament election. The Welsh Parliament should be interesting. London too. Hartlepool may be useful for a sense of how the BLP is doing.

All in all a busy day.

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1. Colm B - May 6, 2021
2. Colm B - May 6, 2021

For the real election nerds:
https://mobile.twitter.com/BallotBoxScot

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Paul Culloty - May 6, 2021

For the even nerdier political nerds – a Welsh seat projector that works a la Electoral Calculus!

http://seatprojector.deryn.co.uk/senedd/

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

Thanks Paul. There goes the afternoon.

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3. WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

Those are invaluable resources, thanks Colm!

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Colm B - May 6, 2021

Thanks WBS, and for those who just have to know every wee detail:

https://mobile.twitter.com/britainelects

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4. banjoagbeanjoe - May 6, 2021

Good point from Eamon Ryan on the radio just now. British gunboats heading for the Channel Islands and headlines about a statute of limitations on Troubles crimes – on an election day in Britain. Tories playing to their base.
Except I’m still listening to the radio and it appears that both aren’t just stunts. They’re happening.

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EWI - May 6, 2021

Also Blairite Twitter reassuring everyone that apparently Corbynism ‘lost’ Hartlepool at the last election. because resaons (despite actually winning it!).

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sonofstan - May 6, 2021

As someone tweeted, the electorate in Hartlepool voted Labour in 2017 and 2019 just so they could more firmly reject Corbynism now.

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sonofstan - May 6, 2021

There’s probably no truth in it whatsoever, but love the legend that when Peter Mandelson was parachuted into Hartlepool, he was canvassing in a chipper and asked for some guacamole on the side. While pointing to the mushy peas.

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banjoagbeanjoe - May 6, 2021

🙂 🙂 🙂 You’re on a roll SoS. Keep em coming.

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EWI - May 6, 2021

As someone tweeted, the electorate in Hartlepool voted Labour in 2017 and 2019 just so they could more firmly reject Corbynism now.

That’s even madder than the lot I referenced above (who are claiming that the Corbynites winning by a plurality was actually ‘losing’ the seat).

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5. 6to5against - May 6, 2021

Reading on this election over the last few days has been profoundly depressing. The likely loss in Hartlepool is a double blow to anybody on the left: firstly, it’s a win for the Tories and secondly the response from the LP is wrong headed that its hard to believe that they will ever again put together a workable coalition to gain power.

Couple that with gunboats in Jersey and the media coverage and it looks very bleak. I don’t know how I’d cope if I actually lived there. But for now, I’m just reminding myself that nothing is forever, and that I don’t even know where Hartlepool is!

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sonofstan - May 6, 2021

It’s not as bad as all that 🙂
One of the plusses of living here is that there is, and has been for more than a century, a clear left/ right divide. People are perfectly sure of where they stand on many things, and, unlike in Ireland, saying you’re a socialist – at least up north – is not weird. The coalition that Labour mobilised under Corbyn – touching 40% of the vote – is still hard to imagine in Ireland.

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roddy - May 6, 2021

From I first started politics (circa 1969), it has nver been “weird” to hear a self description of “socialist”.That year my family elected Bernadette Devlin and every non unionist to hold that MP seat since would have no problem with the term.Gerry Adams ,the entire time he held W Belfast self described as “socialist”.

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benmadigan - May 6, 2021

The late Andrew Boyd, who was originally from East Belfast, always self-described as a socialist

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6. Colm B - May 6, 2021

Well there’s grounds for optimism in Scotland, with a bit of luck we should get:

A clear pro-indepedence majority.
Surge to the relatively left wing Greens.
Tories and their idiot leader Douglas Ross crushed.
Labour, with it’s low-wage paying, kids in fee paying school, leader Anas Sarwar, flops.

Now there’s a lots of things that could be better, not least the absence of a serious radical socialist alternative on the ballot, but all told we are in a much better position than in England. A pro-indy majority will definitely up the ante – bring it on!

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sonofstan - May 6, 2021

Kudos also for Scotland allowing all residents, including those with refugee status, and not just citizens, to vote.

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7. Colm B - May 6, 2021
8. sonofstan - May 7, 2021

So it looks as if ‘electability’ is a quality entirely divorced from being able to get candidates elected. Hartlepool aside, some huge swings way from Labour in council seats, with Greens picking up a fair few.

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WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

I think most of us would have considerable criticisms of the SNP for being too right leaning etc but here at least is a leader who says it as she sees it… BLP take note.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/may/06/you-are-a-racist-sturgeon-clashes-with-ex-britain-first-deputy

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sonofstan - May 7, 2021

+1.

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WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

Someone put it to me that there’s no real dithering. Sure, Sturgeon initially didn’t reply hoping to ignore them but then clearly decided ‘nope, boom, you are what you are…’. I hate to say but the new model BLP leadership one suspects would be trying to work out all the angles – would this play well with their ‘traditional’ supporters, best say nothing… etc, etc…

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WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

In fact I do sturgeon an injustice, there was no hesitation on her part once Fransen mention people coming in – just straight out with ‘you are a racist’.

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sonofstan - May 7, 2021

This will get lost, and it’ll be written as a swing:
In 2017, the Tories got 14,319 votes in Hartlepool. In 2021, they got 15,529. In 2017, Labour got 21,969 votes. In 2021, they got 8589.
The Tories didn’t take votes, Labour just lost them.

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WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

Very true.

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