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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Christopher Brown
    June 2, 2017 @ 4:57 pm

    Well said, and shared on Facebook for propaganda purposes 🙂

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  2. Sleepyscholar
    June 4, 2017 @ 1:07 am

    I very much wish I could. But as with Brexit, I am denied a vote (anywhere in the world) by virtue of having lived outside the UK for more than 15 years.
    Here in Japan I am disgusted by the media’s parroting of the ‘Corbyn is a dangerous left-wing extremist’ line. Never mind that even the extreme right-wingers who rule this country have overseen many policies more progressive even than Corbyn is advocating.
    For most of my life I, too, have had a suspicion of Labour — again, a suspicion that derives from a position on the left, and being worried by the politicking and capitulations to the right-wing. But in this instance there really doesn’t seem to be any coherent argument against voting Labour.

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    • Lambda
      June 4, 2017 @ 9:03 am

      I think “vote for whoever has a chance of defeating the Conservative candidate in your constituency (unless you live in some horrible place where that’s UKIP)” is a perfectly coherent vote in our broken electoral system.

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      • Sleepyscholar
        June 5, 2017 @ 4:30 am

        As soon as I posted, I thought exactly the point you make, but decided not to footnote myself with such a caveat.

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    • Aylwin
      June 5, 2017 @ 10:30 am

      Opposing Brexit (or even just opposing hard Brexit, given Labour’s position on freedom of movement etc) would seem to be one coherent argument for voting Lib Dem or Green (and rather a considerable one, given how profoundly the possibilities of action in countless other policy areas will be determined by the outcome of that question).

      So would supporting electoral reform.

      So would supporting redistribution of wealth from rich to poor (yes, really).

      Supporting Scottish independence, and all the possibilities that go with that, would obviously be an extremely coherent argument for those in Scotland to vote SNP.

      None of which stops Labour being the lesser-evil non-Tory tactical option in most areas of England and Wales. But coherent arguments for voting for other parties where they have a chance of winning, or where the Tories are out of contention, or on the basis of a rejection of the whole notion of lesser-evil tactical voting, are hardly lacking.

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  3. BeatnikLady
    June 6, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

    I’m in Scotland and in a constituency where the MP isn’t going to be shifted, so luckily I’m able to vote the way I want, which is Labour. The centrist SNP have been around for ten years and have changed very little – I’m glad to see that Corbyn seems to have increased the Labour vote across the board.

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  4. David Moran
    June 9, 2017 @ 10:15 am

    Isn’t it lovely that there is no “seems” about it.

    Obviously I wish he had won but a resurgence that makes May look this bad will do me for now.

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