Today is polling day for the European Elections in Britain, I realise this is last minute but I wanted to remind everyone to use their vote. About 10 days ago I went to a Billy Bragg concert in Liverpool, I talked about it here on the blog. At that concert I signed up for a mailing list. I’d forgotten all about it until this morning when I received an email urging people to vote and stop the British National Party (BNP) and their racist agenda. I’ve already voted myself and talked to many others about it. Only last night we discussed it at the Liverpool LUG. The EU elections are all calculated on proportional representation, which means apathy is a real danger. At the moment people in Britain are fed up with politicians and politics in general, they have every right. The scandals over expense claims are ridiculous. There’s a real danger many people will simply not vote in protest, or far worse turn to a Fascist party like the BNP. If you don’t vote you are increasing the BNP’s percentage of the total outcome. All they need is for you to do nothing. Sleep now and we’ll wake up to a right wing nightmare. I may be late in writing this, I should have done it yesterday, but I hope maybe some of you will read it before polls close tonight.
This email really illustrates the danger in a far more effective way than I could, I wanted to share it with you:
Today is election day.
And because it’s proportional representation, not only does every vote count – but every person who doesn’t vote actually increases the fascists tally.
Let’s do some numbers.
Imagine that there’s just 8 BNP voters in the whole of the North West (I wish!).
If 1,000 people vote then the BNP score just 0.8% (8 divided by 1,000).
But if only 10 people vote then they score 80% (8 divided by 10).
So not voting ups their score.
By staying away from the polling station today, you’d be upping the fascists vote.
What the fascists need
They need you to stay at home today.
Because if they get just 8% of the vote here’s what they’ll get:
* the poisonous NIck Griffin will be YOUR MEP
* they’ll have £1/4 million of OUR money to spend on their vile divisive politics
Who to vote for
We’re not going to tell you who to vote for. That’s up to you.
But get out and vote today – and vote for anyone other than the fascists.
Make sure you vote – because any vote against the BNP really screws them up.
Vote Vote Vote
There’s enough parties on the ballot paper to enable you to vote against the fascists and still register your disapproval with the main parties if you wish to do that.
So vote. If you don’t, you increase the fascists score.
If you stay at home or spoil your ballot paper, it increases the BNP’s chance of victory.
PS Voting is today (June 4th). Please get out and cast your vote or you could wake up tomorrow to find your MEP is a fascist with £250,000 of our money to spend on spreading hate in our community.
Please make your vote count. You don’t have to vote for a major party if you don’t want to. Vote Green, vote for the Socialist Party, vote for UKIP if you must. The BNP is not the answer, they take perfectly legitimate concerns over immigration and jobs and distort them to suit their agenda. This has happened in the past and we all know where that lead. You can make a difference. Thank you! I’ll leave you with this video, a classic song by Woodie Guthrie, performed by Billy Bragg