The point of this particular flush is not to elect a socialist to the European Parliament but to split the vote and so cost Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy (pictured below) his seat in the process.
I recently met the person who recruited Kieran Allan to politics. I told said individual that, when the time came, he should plead guilty and throw himself at the mercy of the Hague War Crimes Tribunal. I said I'd be happy to be a character witness for him come the knock on the door from the international community.
This poem 'Being Vladimir Ilyich' is a result of that conversation, which took place at the Over The Edge / Galway Pro-Choice fundraiser in August, to which not one member of Galway Socialist Workers' Party turned up, presumably because I was involved in organising it and I'm an evil reactionary. On that point at least both the SWP and SP agree. I always like to do what I can to bring people together.
The People Before Profit candidate who has been handed the task of taking young Paul Murphy out goes by the name of Smith, Martin Smith. An excellent candidate indeed.
People Before Profit