Monday, April 23, 2007

Turnout nice again

The French went to the polls yesterday in the first round of voting in the Presidential elections. The most pleasing aspect was the National Front leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, scoring his lowest ever return since he first started spreading his racist invective around the country. And one way this was achieved was with a massive turnout. 85% of eligible voters cast a ballot. This puts the 61% in the last General Election in the UK into sharp perspective. Local elections are even worse, regularly around the 40% mark and it's these local elections that give our own version of Le Pen's mob their most significant successes. So, as we approach the local elections a week on Thursday, I urge you to get out, vote and kick racist elements out of town halls across the country. Don't let apathy win.

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