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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 

UK and US Share Race/Class Problems?

Story I stumbled on (from Drudge) today where Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman warned that the poor black part of society in America, recently exposed by Hurricane Katrina (because we didn't know there were poor black people there before?), is something the UK is facing as well.

"We don't want to get into a situation like America, but if you look at the figures, we are already looking like America - in London, poor, young and black people don't register to vote." (Sky News)

I don't often get into outside politics, but this one intrigued me, as it pointed out something we see often in America: Race/Class pandering

Ms Harman is part of the, The Labour Party, a democratic socialist party (the Left in the UK).

I think the real concern here is that "latest figures show that 20% of people aged 20 to 24 were not on the electoral register." Maybe this is why they lost the popular vote in England by some 60,000 votes (even though they remained in power under Minority Rule)?