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« on: November 07, 2007, 05:58:08 pm »
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Antillia Labour Party

The ALP is a large Democratic Socialist (or Social Democratic if you like that term more) party, based around Trade Unions and local Party machines and with a great deal of working class support.
Suspected Communists are thrown out of the Party (sometimes literally) and the Party has aquired an interesting habit of organising marches of miners, dockers and so on through towns on election days.
The ALP is not opposed to the idea of merging with a more intellectual-based social democratic party (were such a party to come into existence) providing that certain conditions over policy and organisation are met.

It's colour is red. Obviously.

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The ALP is mainly concerned with working class (and thus Trade Union) representation in the political process and as such is not an especially ideological party (and doesn't, by way of example, have any official positions on "social issues").
It is, however, strongly in favour of the Welfare State and redistributing money from affluent parts of Antillia to industrial and poor areas, especially in the West of the Island. The ALP is a member of the Socialist International.
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 08:20:45 pm »
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Information from an, as yet unpublished, book on Antillia politics and political parties:

ANTILLIA LABOUR PARTY

Founded: 1984 (result of the merging of the Antillia Workers Party and the Island Labour Party).
Leader: A.E.Watson
Ideology: moderate, non-Maxist Socialism with religious roots.
Factions: the ALP is dominated by the Right faction. Unlike the various Left groups opposed to it (the Labour Left, the United Labour Left, the United Labour Left (Popular Democracy) and the Real Labour Left) the Right does not formally exist as an organised faction, operating instead through an informal (but highly effective) network of Unions, Labour Clubs, Co-operative Societies and, especially on the West Coast, local Churches. The Right established total control over the Party in 1986 and purged Leftists from the higher reaches of the Party machinary in the years that followed.
Internal Structure: to call the ALP's internal structure "byzantine" would be something of an understatement and, as this is not a long book, the following description will have to do; the Party is run in a way that is both highly undemocratic (most decisions are taken either in backrooms or by block votes) and highly democratic, as almost all decisions taken by those high up in the Party are those demanded by the bulk of the Party's supporters. It seems probable that the informal nature of the dominant Right faction may have something to do with this unusual arrangement.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2007, 08:19:01 pm »
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Members elected to the ALP's Witenagemot (ie; central committee, national executive, etc) are as follows:

1. Arthur Ernest Watson
2. Egbert Dudley
3. George Mawkin
4. Frank Brummock
5. Walter Fretchit
6. David Griffiths
7. Norman Harold Jones
8. Martin Keffel
9. Fergus O'Connor
10. Terry Galleeny
11. Irving Horenstein
12. Bob Ognel

All are associated, more or less, with the dominant Right faction; it seems likely that the Left could have secured at least three places on the Witenagemot had their vote not been split five ways. The only pleasure that the various Left factions can take from these results is the fact that Dudley, generally regarded in having little real interest in factional disputes, polled very well. The failure to defeat Keffel (a former leader of the ULL who defected to the Right three years ago) and Ognel (who has openly called for all members of the Left factions to be expelled from the party) appear to be behind the resignation of ULL leader Thomas Bahup. The Left faction that polled best was the RLL of Gregory Kootch.
Observers believe that the most powerful members of the new Witenagemot will be Watson, Dudley, Fretchit, Mawkin and O'Connor. Observers have been wrong in the past.
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2008, 09:11:17 pm »
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Might as well do so logo stuff, because, you know...

This is the English language logo (fistyrose nicked from PvdA)



The logo of the French section of the Party, yeah nicked from the old SFIO logo...



And a generic banner used by the Party faithful that isn't strictly official:

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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2008, 09:56:47 pm »
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What logo should go on the Wiki?
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 01:50:25 am »
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What logo should go on the Wiki?

Where can I find a link for this Antillian Wiki?
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 06:50:02 am »
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Mr Jones has died at the age of sixty five. He was a lifelong trade unionist (in the miners federation) and was imprisoned for several years by the old regime.

Nominations for his replacement will be announced shortly.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008, 07:16:48 am »
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What logo should go on the Wiki?

The english language one is the main one.
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008, 06:17:05 pm »
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Nominations have closed for the by-election to the seventh seat on the Witenagemot. Factional names after the names of the candidates indicate endorsements:

Albert Gauthier, Right, United Labour Left-Popular Democracy
Gregory Kootch, Real Labour Left, United Labour Left, Labour Left
Fred Ognel

Gauthier is leader of the Francophone section of the ALP and of the Clairive Miners Federation. Outside the world of Labour politics, he is best known for calling for the expulsion of the Portuguese community in Clairive.
Kootch is a welder from Alberton and is also the leader of the Real Labour Left.
Ognel is the brother of Bob Ognel. That he's running is surprising and may hint at divisions within the previously monolithic Right.

Gauthier is likely to win.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2008, 10:03:01 am »
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Results:

Albert Gauthier 62%
Gregory Kootch 23%
Fred Ognel        15%

Gauthier is elected.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 10:04:02 pm »
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I would like to form a wing of the Party, dedicated to a more Rural based Christian Socialism. Pretty big targets would be farmhands, maybe some Small Farmers, Loggers, and more Conservative leaning towns-folk who would normall lean towards the Social Credit Party.
This would be more of a Populist Socialism, leaning towards more traditionalist Democratic Socialism(Nationalisation, Government Control, Farm Subsidies etc.), but is very Religous and actually takes some social issues. Really what this means is that the Christian Labour wing of the party, would be against most Abortion, Gay Marriage, and would be for "Moral Values".

This group of the party would have Union(Loggers, and Miners) wings and Non-Union(Farmhands, Farmers, and Townsfolk) wings of the Party.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2008, 04:33:13 pm »
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A rural division in other words?
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2008, 05:40:41 pm »
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A rural division in other words?
Pretty much. I want this division to compete with the Social Credit and Conservative parties.
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