Friday, 25 July 2014

Local by-election results from 24/07/14 and other thoughts

In case you missed them, the results of local by-elections from yesterday that featured Green candidates were as follows:

Blackpool UA, Clifton: Labour 501 (41.3%), UKIP 362 (23.6%), Conservative 283 (23.3%), Liberal Democrat 33 (2.7%), Green 25 (2.1%), TUSC 10 (0.8%)

Doncaster MBC, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall & Barnby Dun: UKIP 1203 (40.8%), Labour 1109 (37.6%), Conservative 479 (16.2%), Green 160 (5.4%).

Maidstone DC, Staplehurst: Lib Dem 609 (36.2%), Con 603 (35.9%), UKIP 311 (18.5%), Lab 117 (7.0%), Green 41 (2.4%)

Reading UA, Southcote: Lab 1019 (59.8%), Con 340 (20.0%), UKIP 226 (13.3%), Green 69 (4.1%), Lib Dem 49 (2.9%).

We have at least tried to make a start in Doncaster, a place which is rather unfriendly towards progressive politics-as shown by UKIP's strong showing in Doncaster recently, and in the past the English Democrats had their strongest performance in Doncaster by far, partly due to the personal following of former Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies. 

Interestingly, on another note, the Liberal Democrats have been trying to gain ground in Maidstone, and have been faring rather well compared to many of their colleagues nationally-they only lost one seat in this year's local elections of Maidstone compared to the five losses by the Conservatives when the Conservatives fielded a full slate in Maidstone and the Liberal Democrats did not. Some online political commentators have been hinting of a shock Lib Dem gain in Maidstone, but despite the relative incompetence of Maidstone and the Weald's Conservative MP, Helen Grant, I do not believe that will happen.

Worryingly, it has just been reported by 'The Independent' that invertebrates vital to our eco-system-not just bees which have been under serious threat from pesticides-have declined as much as 45 percent over the last 35 years-and much of the world economy has been dominated by free-market economics during the last 35 years. There is clear evidence that the free market system and the corporations that run rampant under it is responsible for most if not all of this significant decline-especially pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto and Syngenta, who are also poisoning the world's food supply with GMO crops. Most crops depend on insects to pollinate them, and inverterates, which form 80% of the world species, also perform important ecological functions for us such as purifying contaminated water, absorbing decayed matter, and giving vital nutrients to plants. Once more, I will emphasise the importance of a green economy and the importance of ending the free-market capitalist system to save our ecology, and therefore us. A green society can help reverse the decline of many of these important creatures, not just bees.


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