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It's voting time

Posted by Richard Thursday, May 03, 2007 ,

Local elections today, with just over ten thousand of the 19,500 council seats up for grabs (all bar London) – plus elections in the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly.

Not quite on the scale of the French presidential elections, these nevertheless are being treated as an important test of public opinion, against which the success or otherwise of the great Cameron "experiment" will be measured, viz à viz the decline in popularity of New Labour.

The indications are oop North, that the Cameron "magic" hasn't reached this far - and is not likely to. In the fair city of Bradford, 200 miles north of the capital, the BNP are expected to make significant gains – despite a ferocious campaign mounted by the unions and "anti-fascist" groups.

The full results will not be available until tomorrow, when we will do an analysis. In the meantime, as the saying goes, vote early and vote often.

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