Only 2 of Labour’s 32 #Manchester candidates answer ‘green’ survey

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Only two of the Labour Party’s 32 candidates for the upcoming local elections have bothered to answer questions put to them by Friends of the Earth.

The traditional pre-election survey, which takes a lot of work  to organise(done by volunteers) goes out to almost all candidates for local authority seats across Greater Manchester.

friends of earth election surveyFor Manchester, where 32 council seats are up for grabs, the current response rates are as follows
Conservatives: 1
Liberal Democrats: 6
Greens: 6
Labour: 2



So nice to see how much the Labour party, which currently has all 96 council seats, cares about environmental issues. It’s almost as if they are complacent about total victory in May.


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6 Responses to Only 2 of Labour’s 32 #Manchester candidates answer ‘green’ survey

  1. Dave Bishop says:

    A Mancunian person told me the other day: “I’m voting Labour because … well … I always vote Labour!
    Stuck in a groove, facing resolutely backwards, and sliding faster and faster towards the abyss!

    • In his ninth thesis in the essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” Walter Benjamin, who owned the print for many years, describes:

      A Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.[1]

  2. It is not because Mancunians always vote Labour. TIt is because, the majority have stopped voting because the feel their vote counts for nothing. Hence the very small turn-out at elections. In fact, some months ago, it was reported 8,000 voters were no longer registered. So, to get people involved, they have threatened people with a £1,000 fine for not registering to vote!

  3. Perhaps only two Lab. people have responded because only two feel they know/understand enough to make it worth responding. Perhaps we ought to be grateful for their disarming honesty… or something!

  4. Dave Bishop says:

    “It is not because Mancunians always vote Labour.”

    Well it is, actually! Those who vote, tend to vote Labour. I suspect that they do so for ‘tribalistic’ reasons rather than conviction (just like people in the Home Counties tend to vote Tory). They cling to the false belief that Labour still represents ‘working people’ – whilst resolutely ignoring the fact that Labour is now a centre-right party. As a correspondent to the letters page of the (now defunct) ‘Independent’ newspaper expressed it a few months ago, we now have three types of politicians in the UK: ‘posh-boy Tories’, ‘foaming-at-the-mouth Tories’ and ‘Tories lite’. And none of these ‘Tory tribes’ could give a toss about the environment … or working people for that matter!

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