Saturday, 19 January 2008

Tactical unity or death

Two small parties caught my eye again this week:
According to the (one man?) UK Popular Democrats , talks with Veritas (or what's left of it) are still on, although there was no mention of Adrian Davies's once councillor boasting Freedom Party, which I presume is kaput, that had been declared as an interested party last autumn.

Also, the Popular Alliance, the Veritas splinter group which once boasted Tony Bennett of CountyWatch fame, is at least still twitching. The party is contesting the Stretton ward on East Staffs Borough Council on 14th Feb. Will we see a St Valentine's Day massacre, perhaps?

But the writing's on the wall. There is no realistic future for these groups. For this type of politics, UKIP is the only show in town.

I suppose you can forgive the English Democrats for ploughing a lone furrow. Although technically a federalist party (they stop short of calling for English independence) they are not for the existing status quo when it comes to the national question like UKIP et al. So it's healthy to see that activists from the English Independence Movement have recently voted themselves out of existence and are pledging support for the EngDems whilst fighting their case from within and around it. Unlike the unionists, English nationalists seem to be recognising the need for tactical unity*

Now, I'm acutely aware that taken to its logical conclusion, this argument leads to the "all socialists should be in the Labour Party" line. However, when in a position of - less face it - organisational and numerical weakness, it's a necessity.

* We can discount the England First Party which primarily owes its existence to a clash of egos on the far-right.

The BNP rebels rallying around Sadie Graham have set up the Voice of Change pressure group. Their website can be viewed here

There is still no official word on why Garry Bushell pulled out of the London Mayoral race. Odd, I mean he had an official campaign site and everything.