Friday, 30 March 2012

Young Muslims break ranks and vote Respect.

There is a lot of talk today of the Muslim bloc vote in the Bradford West by-election. But as Sky's Jon Craig reported last night at the count, it isn't as simple as that.

Whilst the Muslim Elders are usually deal breakers in terms of advising younger Muslims who to vote for, this time they were ignored. Reports were that whilst older Muslims in Bradford West advised voting for Labour, their advice was ignored. Jon Craig once again went out of his way to point out that it was particularly young Muslim women who backed George Galloway over Labour and helped get out the vote in their communities.

Is this a sign of things to come? Whilst Labour may retain loyalty among older generations, could the influx of new parties and new choices that simply didn't exist twenty years ago cause many more splits and greater debate among groups who Labour thought they had no matter what? Whether that be Muslims, Christians or white working class voters, the tectonic plates of British politics seem to be shifting slightly.

There is certainly no doubt in my mind that the more choice the people have at the ballot box, the healthier our democracy becomes.

1 comment:

outsider said...

Astonishingly, you do not mention the significance of the Galloway victory for UKIP. It offers both hope and encouragement and a big challenge. Mr Galloway's Respect showed that people are so fed up with the main English parties that they will elect another candidate with a programme they like. And it asks: if Respect can win a by-election, why cannot UKIP?