Alun Davies is a radical socialist

Perched comfortably on top of the list for Labour in Mid & West Wales is a chap called Alun Davies. He's never been an elected assembly member but he has stood in elections before.

The only way to describe this man is hard left. He is a fierce opponent of privatisation and is keen to remind people that the prime minister has led the country to an illegal war in Iraq. He detests market forces and is demanding complete withdrawal from what he calls "the capitalist European Union".

He is, of course, standing for the Socialist Labour Party and should not be confused with the other Alun Davies, top of the list for Welsh Labour in the same region:)

Elsewhere, Glyn Davies has undergone another extreme political transformation. Not content with stealing the Welsh nationalists' clothes, Glyn is now donning the garb of the Trotskyites and standing first on the list for the Communists in North Wales.

Yes, you can have a lot of fun with the full official list of candidates for the forthcoming elections. And what an interesting bunch they are; not a single John Smith among the Poopalasingam Thillaivarothayans and Charles Bruce Farquharson Lawsons.

So, even if we don't get many upsets on election night there will still be plenty of cause to smirk at the counts. And if you look hard enough, you can find some pretty naughty names too. We've got two sets of Cox, not to mention Steve Gash or the situation with Robert Uprichard. Sounds like it could give you a Gerald Rowbottom. Still, if it really Jonathan Burns you could always use your David Hando to give it a bit of a Bobby Feeley, if you know what I mean...

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posted by Blamerbell @ 12:02 am,

17 Comments:

At 12:17 am, Anonymous niclas said...

Nice spot on the two Aluns, even if you spoil it by describing Big Glyn (a Tankie of the old school) as a Trot. He'd stick an icepick in your head for that...

I just hope the SLP take enough votes on the list (especially by mistaken identity) to deprive the smarmy little Labourite of a seat.

 
At 12:27 am, Blogger Alwyn ap Huw said...

Sorry for being twp. but what is a Tankie?

 
At 2:22 am, Anonymous Eddie Pringle said...

Of course Glyn Davies isn't a Trot! Tankie Tankie Tankie!

for Alwyn...Tankies are the old-school pro-Soviet communists, so called because, when the CPGB split in 1956, they were the ones who supported the USSR sending tanks into Budapest. the rest formed the CP(B) (Marxist-Leninist). Trots are altogether different political creatures from both of these!

 
At 3:11 am, Blogger Alwyn ap Huw said...

Thanks for the explanation Eddie - much appreciated.

 
At 9:10 am, Anonymous emma goldstein said...

Robert Uprichard indeed! Never thought of you as Frankie Howard... now, don't titter. Is Arsembly's potty mouth having an influence?

 
At 11:11 am, Blogger Blamerbell said...

Well, I am glad we're discussing the finer points of communism at long last.

Cheers to niclas and eddie for the history lesson:)

"I just hope the SLP take enough votes on the list (especially by mistaken identity) to deprive the smarmy little Labourite of a seat."

From what I know about the organisational prowess of the socialist parties, I doubt this very much.

"Robert Uprichard indeed! Never thought of you as Frankie Howard"

I spent three long years at university sitting in a pub, drinking real ales and punning. It's in my blood.

 
At 6:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comment about "hard left" strikes me as odd. Always found so-called "hard left" policies like equality, workers' rights, more democracy etc. fairly sensible

To be fair, Left of Labour candidates are for the first time in 60 years doing quite well probably due to the sharp move right of Labour. 5 years ago a candidate to the left of labour would be lucky to retain the deposit - now they might even get elected.

Take the Blaenau Gwent phenomenon or the Respect phenomenon, Respect in just three years has around 20 councillors and narrowly missed getting a second MP in Birmingham in 2005 (it is suspected that their might have been postal vote fraud) and came second in loads of seats in the last local electons.

 
At 7:42 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"Take the Blaenau Gwent phenomenon or the Respect phenomenon,"

I wouldn't call Blaenau Gwent a phenomenon. Still, nice to get some comments from respect candidates/activists on the blog:) You don't have to be anonymous you know...

 
At 8:46 pm, Blogger Left Field said...

I was looking at the nominations for South Wales West, and saw that three of the Welsh Christian Party candidates come from Llandrindod Wells. Anyone know why that town is particularly adept at finding their candidates ?

I also noticed that another of their candidates comes from just round the corner from where I used to live in England. In fact I probably canvassed him. Do the rules apply to the Assembly as with other elected bodies, where you have to live or have a business in the area covered by the council / parliament? It set me thinking because I also read that the BNP are importing English candidates for the Scottish Parliament elections.


At least I now know the difference between a trot and a tankie. This blog is an education ;)

 
At 12:16 am, Blogger Blamerbell said...

To stand in the Assembly election you've just got to be over 18 and a citizen of Britain, Europe or the Commonwealth.

So the BNP can import whoever they like as long as they aren't Japanese or similar.

 
At 9:52 am, Anonymous seren said...

At least I now know the difference between a trot and a tankie. This blog is an education ;)

Whether it's left-wing or religious schisms, we take splits and sectarianism very seriously in Wales. Tankie shall speak not unto Trot, Calvinist shall spit in the eye of a Wesleyan.

 
At 10:08 pm, Blogger Marcusian said...

Blamerbell...

Am i hard left then? hahaha


I am left of new Labour, but still Labour...i think the term 'hard' is a negative connotation to a fairly sensible position.

 
At 10:14 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"Am i hard left then? hahaha"

Didn't know you were a member of the Socialist Labour Party, Marcus. That may be news to your employer:)

 
At 12:01 am, Blogger Marcusian said...

I am not employed by the Labour Party young man! surely a man of your political nous should know this... :)

I think as i have said in blog i did have a dalliance with the Socialist Party in my young and slimmer days, but i think the left of the Labour Party is about correct for my beliefs. I would be really happy if the SLP got an AM though, especially if it replaced some Nats in the process!!!

 
At 12:11 am, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"I am not employed by the Labour Party young man!"

Didn't say you were.

 
At 12:12 am, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"I would be really happy if the SLP got an AM though, especially if it replaced some Nats in the process!!!"

And surely by the very nature of the SLP being an S LP they would take votes from the LP and not PC.

 
At 11:48 am, Blogger Marcusian said...

"Didn't know you were a member of the Socialist Labour Party, Marcus. That may be news to your employer:)"

Would this indicate that the Labour party are my employmer? Ah well.

"And surely by the very nature of the SLP being an S LP they would take votes from the LP and not PC.!

Well i am sure Adam 'we are all good socialists' Price would argue that they are the only socialist party out of the main four! So perhaps thats even in dispute...

Give me a tex or an email sometime blamie...lets do mocha as its on me this time.

 

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