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London Calling!

 

CALLING LONDON

SEE YOU SATURDAY

END AUSTERITY NOW!

WE ARE ON OUR WAY

 

London calling

Send in the forces

Turn off the cameras

Saddle the horses

 

CALLING LONDON

NO WE WON'T FRACK OFF

YOUR AUSTERITY FAILED

YOU PASTY FACED TOFF!

 

London calling

Bring batons and spray

The Peoples Assembly

Are on their way

 

WELL I NEVER FELT
MORE A'LIKE
SWINGING
THE BLUES

 

LONDON

20.06.15

 

Comrade BJ Treglown

The Labour leadership failed to point out on every possible occasion that bankers and speculators - not spending on welfare and public services - had plunged the whole international financial system into chaos and crisis. Eds Miliband and Balls could have reinforced this approach by arguing for the bailed-out banks to remain in public ownership and used to promote investment in productive industry, housing and green technology. Instead, they went along with privatisation.

Why did the Tories win the general election, when their policies serve the interests of a wealthy and powerful minority rather than the mass of the people? First, it has to be remembered that Cameron & Co won only 37 per cent of the poll, 25 per cent of the electorate and little more than one in five of adults eligible to register and vote.

These figures should be of little comfort to Labour, whose percentages in each case are even lower.

Nonetheless, it is significant that the groups least likely to register to vote - tenants, especially in private rented accommodation, foreign-born residents and young people and students - are also among the least likely to vote Tory when they do register.

The failure to inspire these people to register and vote therefore helped the Tories to win a parliamentary majority.

So, too, did the first past the post electoral system, which awarded the Tories just over half of the Westminster seats with little more than onethird of the votes.

But an effective and fairer system of proportional representation would still have given the Tories, Ukip and Ulster unionists around 50 per cent of the seats, with Labour, the Greens, the SNP and Plaid Cymru having only 40 per cent.

The biggest factors in the Tory victory were political and ideological.

This report from the 1950 general election has been made available by the South Devon Branch. The contest was the first general election fought in the former Devon and Cornwall District of the party and it offers an interesting insight to the party's history.

Particularly interesting are the conclusions drawn by David Goodman.

"We must strengthen our links with the organised workers in the trade union, Labour, Co-op, social, cultural and religious organisations. We must also study more and fight to master our scientific theory of Socialism, Marxism, without which our activity will be blind and without perspective

"Our enemies reckon with us as a significant force. The Torquay Herald Express devoted a whole leader to our election results and said of the Communist candidates:

"Although it is true that they were all defeated and that practically all of them lost their deposits, it is a disturbing thought that they should have polled so many votes... Imagine the Totnes Division having 423 people running wild... it is not a very big number as numbers go, but in the matter of Communism numbers do not mean everything."

You can download the full report as a PDF below.

Files:
Totnes Election 1950