In Monty Python's Life of Brian there is a wonderful sketch about political parties that may be very similar at first glance but they may also be so different that they are not talking to each other. I was reminded of this a few days ago when I was knocking on doors. One resident told me that I needn't bother knocking at the house next door as a candidate lived there. My immediate response was that I certainly would be knocking on that door as I would hate it if they missed me out.
I didn't know that I was speaking with the candidate's wife so, after asking my usual questions about whether I could help in any way I asked if she were standing as a candidate and she told me that her husband was standing. I asked for which party and she answered the Socialist Labour Party. So we have a Socialist Labour Party candidate standing against a Democratic Socialist Party candidate although the latter is usually known as a Labour Party candidate.
This is great news for me. A split in the socialist vote can only help all other candidates. It makes you wonder which side the socialists are on.
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