Let’s have a proper protest

Latest poll of voting intentions puts the Conservatives a clear third.
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The Libs Dems even further behind in fourth – indeed the Lib Dems have been warned that their vote in the East Midlands might only be a tenth of what they achieved 5 five years ago. The suggestion that they may get no MEPs at all could easily have been leaked to enable the ‘we did better than expected’ tactic cos it will have to be truly awful to get no seats in the south-east.
Now if this is because Britain can trade more effectively outside of the European Union, even with the European Union, then this overlooks –
– the extra money that Norway and Switzerland pay to trade with the EU, that we would have to pay;
– having to accept EU trade on their terms, leading for example to Norwegians lobbying British MEPs to get proposals changed.
It’s not that Britain can’t go it alone; we could and we have done so. It’s just better to be in.
Mainstream opinion is that UKIP are polling high because the European election can be seen as an opportunity to cast a protest. But a protest against what?
– Elected representatives not doing the job; well the poorest attendance rates has been by the UKIP MEPs.
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– Elected representatives taking too much in expenses; the UKIP leader doesn’t like to put a figure on his claims, but the BBC have pointed out it’s at least £2 million;
– Elected representatives shouldn’t employ family; the UKIP leader employs his wife as a secretary and says no-one else can do the job.
– Immigrants are taking British jobs; but the UKIP leader employs a German; and the latest UKIP poster making the point uses an Irish actor.

Maybe this level of politics is too trite, too petty, too personal.
So could the real point be that we should have a better protest? Protest against –
– the country being run for the wealthy few;
– firms using agencies to employ people for depressed wages;
– the bedroom tax;
– zero-hours contracts, that are no basis for living a life and making a future – they should be banned.
There are better things to protest about.
We need a change of government.
Vote Labour.

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Select page graphics to see Labour’s East Midlands newspaper.