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Firebrand Galloway beaten in Poplar
BNP leader defiant after defeat
Greens win historic first seat
Tweet: "BBC TV shows Sun newspaper front page for tomorrow: Squatter holed up in No.10 - with photo of Gordon Brown in Downing Street ^mb"
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Dilemna for the NDP in the next election:
On one hand, asking Canadians on the left not to vote strategically for the Liberals
On the other hand, asking environmentally conscious Canadians to vote strategically for the NDP rather than for the Greens. [livejournal.com profile] mrputter even caught me thinking that way recently.

It's quite clear that the Greens will have a strong chance of picking up more votes in the next election. [livejournal.com profile] culpster was surprised recently that the NDP hadn't jumped on Elizabeth May regarding her ambiguous comments on abortion, and I theorized that the NDP right now has decided not to pick any fights with the Greens, lest the Greens get more media attention. I'm sure the corporate media out there would feast on and feed a Green/NDP feud. Avoidance is a safe strategy for now, since Layton doesn't want to commit to an environmental vision anyway and would rather play the tactician instead. But I think the NDP will have to bring out the artillery and figure out how they will deal with the Greens in the next election, or else the Greens might tip some NDP seats in BC to the Conservatives and the Liberals, and maybe reinforce some Liberal seats in Toronto at the expense of the NDP. May could even win a riding.

Layton's lack of clear demands on the environment (other than "Kyoto", which doesn't particularly distinguish the NDP from the pack) will more and more drive the NDP to ask potential Green voters to vote strategically, which will lead the NDP nowhere, except in ridings where the NDP is the incumbent, maybe.

smog

May. 28th, 2006 10:38 am
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It's back.

It's here much later this year than last year I think (my hazy memory seems to remember an early May warning) but it's still annoying. It's a weekend damnit! There are no cars on the road!! I guess we had a nice day yesterday, like 25 degrees, so some of the coal-fired power plants must have kicked up a notch. But if we get smog for a mere 25 degrees, imagine what the rest of the summer will be like. Fuck Harper up his stupid ass for cancelling Kyoto plans, and fuck the NDP for not coming out with any loud resistance so far. They better plan this for the next election or the Greens get my vote.

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