Can I suggest all parts of the left that we must make the case for registering to vote, calling on the likes of Russell Brand to help us to do that?
It is anti-Tories who are much more likely to forget to get round to this. The fact that the prize for being anti-Tory is Prime Minister Ed Miliband – according to the BBC, SKY News, Channel4 News and the rest – means many won’t get round to it – unless that is the left explains why they must, and must do so very quickly indeed.
We need to use the limited time we have left before polling day to explain why the biggest anti-Tory vote is essential. It is crucial as it lowers any so-called ‘mandate’ if this first-past-the-post lottery of an electoral system means we are stuck with David Cameron yet again, and that cannot can’t be ruled out.
Another thing: many anti-Tories won’t be sure which of the parties to Ed Miliband’s left to choose from; that means many will see no point voting for any of them. And some of those will be so angry none of the candidates they’d consider voting for have any chance of being elected that they won’t see the point voting for any of them.
The left must remind those tempted to abstain that even if they can’t (can’t yet) choose between TUSC, Greens or one of the other anti-Tory Parties to choose from, then spoiling the ballot paper still exposes the pathetic nature of this first-past-the-post system. Encourage every last one of them to keep their options open until polling day. And that means they MUST be registered in vote before it’s too late.