These two articles were orignally published by the Scottish Sunday Herald as part of their Argument of the week feature, the first, arguing against Parliamentary politics, was written by a member of Edinburgh Anarchist Federation.
YES: Terri Marquez
Let’s make two things clear. Refusal to vote is not equivalent to political apathy, and the same goes for parliamentary elections and democratic participation. Earlier this week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies reported that all three main parties are intending massive public spending cuts and all three are refusing to say where the axe will fall. If we aren’t told what we’re voting for, then our choice is less informed than that between Pepsi or Coca-Cola.
Dr. David Kelly, a biological weapons expert, hit the headlines in 2003 after it was revealed he had spoken to BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan regarding the supposed evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction put forward by the British government in the run-up to the Iraq War. Calling into question the government's assertion of a '45 minute' deployment time in addition to whether Iraq actually had any significant weapons capability at all.
Mere days after appearing in front of a parliamentary committee, Dr. Kelly was found dead in woods near his Oxfordshire home. Dr. Kelly apparently took his own life and is said to have cut his wrist with a knife which, according to some sources, was found to have no fingerprints on it. Several medical experts have since stated that it is unlikely that a fatal wound could be caused by severing the small ulnar artery located deep in the wrist. Toxicology reports showed the Kelly had taken a number of painkillers but the physician who analysed the results stated that these did not amount to a lethal dose.  
The Anarchist Federation condemns the group Unite Against Fascism (UAF) who, on Saturday 31st October at a mobilisation against the English Defence League (EDL) in Leeds city centre, openly handed one of our members over to the police. Several UAF stewards, including the head of UAF Leeds, physically prevented our member from rejoining the cordon, and then called the police over to arrest him. We will not tolerate collaboration with the state to halt the activity of genuine anti-fascists and ask other progressive organisations to do the same. UAF's policy of negotiating with the state for its public protests is well known, as is its alliance with religious leaders, trade union bureaucrats and politicians. UAF, apart from being nothing more than a front group for the Socialist Workers Party, has never been an effective means to combat the rise of fascism in Britain nor does it offer anything to working class communities.
D. Yates, National Secretary (Anarchist Federation, UK)
But if you take a moment to stop and think about it, it's not hard to see the colossal irony here: this is the Armed Forces we're talking about. Their entire purpose is to kill large numbers of foreigners. This isn't overblown rhetoric or anything, it's a simple fact that if, at various times over the last century, soldiers refused to kill Germans, Italians, Koreans, Egyptians, Kenyans, Yemenis, Argentinians, Iraqis and Afghans (among others), they were court-marshalled. For military leaders to complain about people who don't like foreigners trying to steal their image is like Arsenal complaining about their proud traditions being hijacked by extremists who really like kicking footballs around in a field. They're basically saying "we didn't slaughter thousands and thousands of poorly-armed brown conscripts so you lot could go around being horrible to people from other races."
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- The European elections and the BNP, an anarchist perspective
- Why I'm Not Voting
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