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London Borough Elections 5 May

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London Borough Elections 5 May

Each of the three London branches will be standing a candidate in these elections: North London in Junction ward of Islington Council, South London in Borough & Bankside ward of Southwark Council, and West London in Barnes ward of Richmond Council.

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awrra best...

"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth, and I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene V. Debs

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The Notice of Poll was published on Tuesday. Nominations have to be by midday next Friday (6 April). In the meantime members of the branches involved are collecting the signatures of 10 local electors required to stand. Those for Barnes have already been collected and are due to be handed in on Tuesday.

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The nomination papers for us to stand in the three wards have now all been accepted, Our candidates (just names for people to put an X against if they want socialism) are:

Isligton Junction ward: Bill Martin

Richmond Barnes ward: Adam Buick

Southwark Borough & Bankside ward: Kevin Parkin

These are all in areas we contested in he Greater London Council elections in 2016.

We won't know who our opponents are till after nominations close at noon on Friday.

The election leaflet (based on the inserts we have been putting in national newspapers and magazines) will hopefully be delivered next Friday.

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For the record, ex-comrade Gareth Thomas is standing for the Labour Party in the Coombe Vale ward of Kingston Council. The last time he stood in a local election was in Uplands ward in Swansea in 1987. In his manifesto he declared:

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On May 7th you have a choice to make. You can vote Labour, Tory, Alliance, Plaid Cymru ... or Socialist. The first four parties will be making promises. They'll be promising to fight for Singleton hospital, They'll be promising to keep rates down. They'll be promising to povide better local services, like pavements, schools and rubbish collection. And they'll all be blaming the othe parties for the things that aren't right. (...) The plain fact is that all these parties are committed to running a system where the single most important factor in decision-making at all levels is, and must be, "how much does it cost?" -- profit takes priority and human needs come a poor second.And they're committed to running the system -- because it can't be run in any other way -- for the benefit of the smalll minority of people (about 10 per cent) who own most of the wealth of society and to whom the profit from the labour of the majority goes.
Good suff but no doubt this time he'll be promising to fight for Kingston hospital, to keep the rates down ....

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The list of candidates has now been publshed. In London the voting system is that there are 3 councillors per ward, with the first 3 past the post being elected. Electors can cast up to 3 votes (which must be for different candidates).

In Islington Junction ward: it's a straight fight between us and 3 candidates each from the usual suspects (Tories, Labour, LibDems, Greens), making a total of 13 candidates.

In Richmond Barnes ward: besides us there are 3 Tories, 3 Labourites, 2 LibDems and 1 Green (the Lib-Dems and Greens have formed an electoral pact), making 10 candidates in all.

In Southwark Borough & Bankside ward: we're are up against 3 candidates each from the usual suspects plus 1 from the Women's Equality Party, a total of 14 candidatest

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2018 London Borough Council Elections - 3 May

MANIFESTO - 8000 being delivered next Monday

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EVER THOUGHT OF DOING IT YOURSELF?

Our world contains massive resources ---raw materials, systems of manufacture, communications technology, sophisticated transport. Enough to give everyone a comfortable and fulfilling life.

It is also beset by perennial problems ---constant war, never-ending poverty, economic and other kinds of insecurity. Life is becoming more and more commercialised and people are increasingly isolated from each other, with drug abuse and mental illness on the increase. The standard of living may have risen a little for some, but the quality of life deteriorates.

Why don't we change our world so that we have the benefit of those resources without the problems?

“How can we do that?”

By holding the resources in common and using them directly to serve everyone's needs instead of just creating ever greater profits for a tiny minority. Genuine socialism – a moneyless society of free access to goods and services.

“So, we vote you in and you create this wonderful world for us. Why should we trust you to do that?”

Please don't, we can do absolutely nothing for you. (Ask yourself how many political parties are prepared to say that!) The new society can only be created when a majority of people like you actively decide to do so. You can use the Socialist Party as an instrument of democratic revolutionary change but you are yourselves in control of what happens.

“Isn't this all fantasy politics? People are too selfish to put everything at risk for the sake of pie in the sky.”

Stick to the case you know best – yourself. Are you too selfish to realise that your own interests can be advanced by making an alliance with others and pursuing joint interests? Are you not sufficiently open-minded to consider alternatives to our present social arrangements? Prove that you can do this by taking advantage of our offer of a free subscription to the Socialist Standard. Do it for yourself.

“Hasn't all this been tried and shown not to work?”

No. Small political minorities have tried concentrating resources in the hands of the state and just continued the profit system in another form. Instead, we are talking of a world where we all democratically decide how to use those resources directly for our own benefit.

“This is all a long way off. In the meantime, shouldn't left-wing organisations sink their differences, defend working people against attacks on their living standards and eventually work towards a socialist society?”

We all have to live in the here and now, but how far off socialism is depends on when people are prepared to take action to establish it. More than a century of attempts by the left to reform capitalism have shown that none of its major problems can be removed. So be clear about this: if you do nothing about socialism now, the meantime lasts forever. You will be putting off for all time the greatest advance that human society could ever make.

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

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ISLINGTON JUNCTION:
Bill Martin
RICHMOND BARNES:
Adam Buick
SOUTHWARK BOROUGH AND BANKSIDE:
Kevin Parkin

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Hustings in Southwark


We have received one invitation to a hustings in Southwark and know of two others.

The invitation is from the Southwark Pensioners Action Group from 10am to noon on Monday 23 April in the Crypt at St. Peter's Church, Liverpool Grove, Walworth, SE17 2HH.

The other two are:

Saturday 14 April 3pm to 5pm at Christ Church Peckham, 676-680 Old Kent Road, SE15 1JF on Planning & Regeneration, organised by Southwark Planning Network.

Wednesday 18 April 7pm to 9pm at Bells Gardens Community Centre, 19 Buller Close, SE15 6UJ on Housing, organised by the Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations.

As a pensioner and member of a tenants organisation our candidate, Kevin Parkin, happens to be overqualified to attend the ones on 18 and 23 April but, as a football fan, may find the one this Saturday afternoon difficult to fit into his calendar but should be able to get back in time for the Big Match.

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Five comrades, including one visiting from New Zealand, were out in King Street, Hammersmith (just over the bridge from Barnes ward of Richmond where we are standing) last Saturday, running a street stall for a couple of hours. Nearby was a rival stall from the European Movement handing out anti-Brexit leaflets calling for another referendum.

As our election leaflets won't be arriving until today we handed out the one "The problem is not the Tories ... it's capitalism" which also has a tear-off freepost reply coupon. Must have given out 200-300. Two responses that day to Head Office by phone and email (well above par for the course). Also sold a couple of Socialist Standards and a couple of pamphlets. We don't know how many of the passers-by were from Barnes (not that it really matters), but we met a Green Party candidate standing in Chelsea & Kensington.

Meanwhile in Peckham on the other side of London our candidate in Borough & Bankside ward of Southwark, Kevin Parkin, told a hustings on planning and regeneration there that the problem of houses left empty to speculate on rising prices existed in his area of the borough too and was a consequence of housing, like everything else under capitalism, being produced for profit not for use.

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I wonder if the comrade from New Zealand could tell us more about the sort of broadcasts on Radio Imagine?

ALB
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He will be at Conference on the Saturday, so you'll be able to ask him.

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