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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Claire Kober, Labour Leader Haringey, Speech at the Count: Election 2010, Ally Pally

Thanks to Matt Cuthbert for the video.

Views: 249

Comment by John McMullan on May 9, 2010 at 10:03
I was half mad from lack of sleep at that stage too. Look at the Green vote in the borough Claire, people were frightened.
Comment by matt on May 9, 2010 at 11:04
Will be interesting to see which councillors Claire uses for her 'new' team to improve Haringey as a borough as we go into the next four years.
Comment by E. F. Salzman on May 11, 2010 at 8:16

What do you mean about Green vote? Just checking this out for first time now that I have link from other thread. Frightened? (Am going to comment on other thread on triumphalist tone; to not refer to any of travails of last few years is pretty amazing.)
Comment by John D on May 11, 2010 at 8:24
I read it as saying the same as I have been thinking: that many people welcomed the appearance of Green candidates but, when it came to the crunch, voted for the candidates from the major parties, resulting in a pretty disappointing result for the Greens
Comment by E. F. Salzman on May 11, 2010 at 8:40

Yes I thought that was what you meant. While I previously voted Labour nationally, I HAVE voted Green before and was delighted to see Caroline Lucas result.

This time, I voted Lib Dem, both locally and nationally. Don't know if you include this as major party but was certainly hoping for more consensus politics and change in system to arise from hung parliament, as one hopes might happen now. This was also a vote of conscience since many Lib Dem policies have always appealed to me and since Labour's abandonment of principles. For one thing, Lib Dem environmental policies have always been better than Labour's!
Comment by John McMullan on May 11, 2010 at 9:15
What we tried to do on here was get people to look at the candidates. I don't think party should have come into it so much when thinking about who to vote for in our ward. I hope we had some effect and that we have a higher proportion of split votes in the ward compared to others in the borough. Certainly in the 2006 election I blindly voted Labour three times.
Comment by Hugh on May 11, 2010 at 13:18
I've given my views on Claire Kober here and commented on this video here.

I say we should allow a little leeway under the circumstances.
Comment by Julie on May 11, 2010 at 13:25
They're allowed to look pleased with themselves, surely? People who win things rarely look upset about it. The speech at these things follows a format. It's traditional to thank the campaign workers and not much else.
Comment by John McMullan on May 11, 2010 at 13:31
I'm in two minds about it Julie. I would liked to have seen a little bit of humility and dignity (they're big on that when you win where I come from) and I also understand that they were quite relieved to have won what looked like a tight race. Also, I went away from that night quite sad that Labour were in trouble nationally. I felt like the only one who felt that way.
Comment by Julie on May 11, 2010 at 13:38
I can't see it as undignified. You can hardly blame her for not giving a traditional New Zealand response if she isn't from New Zealand in the first place.

It wasn't a tight race. People worked very hard and Labour did very well in Haringey and neighbouring boroughs. There is now a clear working majority of 11 seats. This was good news. The general election results held no surprises. People in the room were reacting to the council elections.

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