On May Day, I made my thoughts on the "choice" offered by this election known with an anarchist election hustings. Essential conclusion: they're all bad for the working class, and history shows that those that appear otherwise will be corrupted by power.
Today, whilst I was at work, four election leaflets were pushed through the letterbox by our postie. Darren Ireland of TUSC, Labour's Steve Rotheram, the Christian Peoples' Alliance's John Manwell, and the fascist Peter Stafford Snr for the BNP. (I have some experience of Stafford personally, both helping to halve the BNP vote when he stood in Fazakerley a few months back, and watching him and his fellow goons make tits out of themselves at Liverpool Crown Court.)
Anyway, this latest deluge inspired the missus to write "a little political rant," the conclusion of which is this;
This country doesn't need empty promises, it needs radical change to everything! But not one party is offering what the people truly need, hope, security, and a chance to make something of themselves. All we're being offered is the same old shit, just a different bloke dishing it out. It makes me sick...
It's well worth reading the whole thing, not least because it's written from the perspective of a self-described "political meh." Unlike me, she is not an anarchist or an anti-fascist, and she does not look at these issues anywhere near as deeply or as obsessively as I do.
And yet, she comes to almost exactly the same conclusions. With an acerbic wit, too.
Politicians play up a political bitch-fest for the benefit of a few who still believe in electoral politics, and pour scorn on a so-called "apathetic mass." But not caring about party politics does not mean people don't care at all. They want something different, and know that voting won't get it. Talking to them one to one, too, and you soon realise that anarchism - but for the stigma of the name and a lack of exposure to the ideas - makes a lot of sense to people.
There's potential there. They already don't vote. The trick now is to get them to organise.