Fortunately, Nick Griffin really *isn’t* my MEP

Much kerfuffle today as the results of the European elections come in. I’ve not much to add as those that care will already know all this, and those that don’t won’t want to hear it. That said I’m pleased to see that Caroline Lucas (Green Party) has been re-elected as the one of the South-East’s MEPs.

Lenin’s Tomb analyses the elections Europe-wide here and here, including examinations of the gains made by both the left and the right (the actual left and right, not the centrist neoliberals with their variations on a theme). The results are, broadly, disastrous for the left, but there is cause for hope as well. The Guardian also have a short analysis here, as well as a CiF piece by Sunny Hundal that makes some reasonable points. Amongst these is the observation that the BNP vote has actually declined since 2004, but they did so well this year because the Labour vote has completely collapsed (with some turning to the Tories, Ukip, the Greens and perhaps the Lib Dems, but most choosing not to vote at all).

In non-election cheery news, Barbaric Document shares a video from Max Blumenthal in Jerusalem:

“On the eve of President Barack Obama‚Äôs address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, I stepped out onto the streets of Jerusalem with my friend Joseph Dana to interview young Israelis and American Jews about their reaction to the speech. We encountered rowdy groups of beer sodden twenty-somethings, many from the United States, and all eager to vent their visceral, even violent hatred of Barack Obama and his policies towards Israel. Usually I offer a brief commentary on my video reports, but this one requires no comment at all.”

A charming and eloquent collection of racists, homophobes and ignorant assholes, I’m sure you’ll agree. Only the last man evokes even the slightest sympathy.

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