I was just reading the post on the BNP, and a few other issues came out of it. I know that RESPECT is already widely discussed on this forum, so I might go there next, but it concerns me that people don't vote. I think it was Moominpappa who goes and spoils his vote every election. Others don't vote becuase there are no parties they completely agree with, whilst one person said they would vote Green but it would be wasted. By spoiling a vote you're making a protest, but one that only the vote counters are ever aware of. By not voting because your favoured party is too small seems ridiculous. How do you ever expect them to grow with that mentality. If all the people that thought that were to vote for their chosen party it would make one hell of a difference, and then maybe more people would sit up next time. By not voting because you don't wholly agree with any party, while being the most understandable reason, still doesn't change anything. We must remeber that Marx, for all his socialist writings, was an anarchist, but he recognised that we cannot get to our goal in one step, we must first turn in that direction. By not voting, or by voting tactically, you are just playing into the hands of the established order. Remeber the elections in the US last time around. Hundreds of thousands of Nader supporters voted for Gore. What happened? Bush stole the election and Nader was denied funding for this years election because he didn't get the necessary percentage. And so the two party system goes on. Here in Northern Ireland we are standing a candidate under the banner Socialist Environmental Alliance. Essentially our policies are the same as RESPECT. We don't expect to win a seat, but the campaign has increased our membership and networks. And if we get our target of 15-20,000 votes then we will show that we are a force in Northern Ireland politics, so next time maybe all those abstainers and tactical voters that otherwise agree with us will actually make their votes count for something.