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 Saturday, April 16, 2005

Vote050505: Bethnal Green & Bow update
I took a long ride through my battleground constituency yesterday, looking down the whole length of Bethnal Green Road and Roman Road from the top of a number 8 bus. And I saw no evidence of political activity whatsoever. Not one single poster stuck in somebody's front window nor one candidate's name mounted on a pole in someone's front garden. Whatever happened to political posters? They used to be everywhere at election time, residents nailing their voting colours to the mast for all the world to see. Come 2005, nothing. Is it just round here, or has personal political preference become a lot more private round your way too?

Noon update: I've just spotted George Galloway arriving to open his Respect campaign HQ - a first floor room above a balti restaurant off Brick Lane with a big red/green flag hanging out of the window. About 30 people stood waiting in the street outside, a significant proportion of whom were from the press, before George drove up in his blue M-reg Merc. He beamed beatifically in a manner that reminded me of Ken Livingstone's constant smirk, then swept inside with his entourage for a cosy press conference. I'm relieved that he couldn't muster any more significant support than this minor rabble, but I suspect that Oona would have mobilised even fewer.

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