There is a battle royal taking place on the streets of east London today. On the one side there is New Labour at its very worst – bent on privatisation and mired in sleaze.
On the other side is Respect, a party that has emerged from the anti-war movement to offer a radical alternative to the neo-liberal agenda.
The stakes could not be higher. New Labour knows that if it loses control of a council because of us, Respect will be unstoppable in the labour movement.
That is why the Labour campaign is resorting to the worst kind of smears and slanders. Illegal leaflets have been issued calling for a Labour vote.
Michael Keith, leader of Tower Hamlets council, publicly accuses Respect of being “like the BNP” and intent on stirring up “communal violence”.
A Labour leaflet in Tower Hamlet says Respect means “less police, more Palestinian flags”.
But it is Labour’s policies of selling off council housing, demonising Muslims and closing down youth facilities that are responsible for sowing division and despair among the communities of east London.
And it is Labour’s culture of arrogance, sleaze, corruption and lies that has alienated working class people from all communities from the political process.
Respect has the ability to call time on New Labour in east London – and hasten Tony Blair’s departure from Downing Street.
Imagine if on 4 May this year we score another win on top of George Galloway’s victory over Oona King at the general election last year.
We have a real chance of doing this – but we need your help to make it happen.
We need 150 volunteers this weekend to help canvas, campaign and leaflet for Respect across Tower Hamlets and Newham. This is your chance to transform politics – join us.
Respect supporters will meet at Liverpool Street station, Bishopsgate entrance, 10.30am this Saturday 22 April. They will march to the Respect offices then send teams out to campaign across Tower Hamlets and Newham.