I'm sure that's the case in many parts of the country and not just Bradford. In London Ken Livingstone's campaign has kicked off in some boroughs but not in others (including some that are traditionally Labour) and Labour is clearly paying for Blair's destruction of the grass-roots at constituency level big-time. Harriet Harman was talking about Labour's need to re-engage with the public following the Bradford West result this morning on the Today programme but that's not the real problem.
Galloway's victory isn't just down to the "Muslim" vote and his solidarity with Cuba, Palestine, Iran et al. Though that clearly was a factor Galloway also won support from non-Muslims in the constituency (who are, I think, the majority in the seat)with Respect's social platform that still makes a mark given that Milliband & Co's alternative remains wedded to Brown's modest "soft-landing" neo-Keynesian reform package.
This was touched on in the editorial in last week's New Worker:
which now seems prophetic given the collapse of the Labour vote in the Bradford by-election.
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