Hayes & Harlington 1983

Wikipedia’s article on the 1983 election asks for citations where the SDP/Liberal vote allowed Tories to win seats on a plurality. Interestingly their page on Hayes & Harlington shows this and although it’s a seat where an SDP defector tried to hold the seat, the Tory vote is virtually unchanged and yet they won it in 1983. Labour, where a “campaigning comrade” of mine, I grew up in the area, stood for Labour only got ~375 votes more than the incumbent SDP candidate.  Continue reading “Hayes & Harlington 1983”

The Socialist International

One of the issues raised while considering Venezuela, is the suggestion that since Jose Guaido’s party, Voluntad Popular is a member of the Socialist International, Labour Party member’s should be supporting him and his party; interestingly the Labour Party is no longer a full member of the SI, having downgraded its membership in favour of the Progressive Alliance, which sort of means something else in the UK.

I’d like to find out why and still love the badge.

I was pointed at The Slow Death of the Socialist International which deals with the history of the SI and describes the split which occurred in 2012. In the words of Jack Black, long story short, the European social democrats became unhappy with a number of recent affiliates, questioning their commitment to democracy and social democracy or socialism and lost the General Secretary election in 2012. The author seems unimpressed with where both organisations have ended up. I can see why.

Dr. Fritz Scharpf

I had cause to look at, I have not yet finished the following paper, “The asymmetry of European integration, or why the EU cannot be a ‘social market economy’”. written by Dr. Fritz Scharpf, a German Academic who finished his working career as the Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), in Cologne. Continue reading “Dr. Fritz Scharpf”

Lewisham Council’s Democracy Review

Lewisham Council, are looking at their constitution to see if they make it more democratic. They are running a consultation  which started in 2018 and is planned to finish and I propose to submit some evidence. I thought I understood how it worked, but I don’t; here are my notes.  Continue reading “Lewisham Council’s Democracy Review”