George Galloway of the Respect Party has won the Bradford West parliamentary by-election with around a ten thousand majority. This will create political shockwaves across the country as it did when Galloway won in Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005.
Galloway himself described the result as "the most sensational victory in British political history" which may not be much of an overstatement. The Respect vote increased by 53% to 56%, a massive 36% swing from Labour who achieved 25% down 20% on 2010. The Tory vote collapsed completely down 23% to just 8%. The Lib Dems were down 7% to just 5%.
The result shows that after the unfairness of the the Welfare Bill, the privatisation of the NHS and the budget that gave us the Granny Tax, the Pasty Tax and a tax cut for millionaires and corporations, people have had enough of the rich boys in the Tory-led government. But it also shows that they do not see 'austerity-lite' Labour as a serious alternative. The people of Bradford have talked about feeling betrayed by Labour.
This result should give heart to every anti-cuts activist and every ordinary person that wants to see resistance to the axe-wielding mainstream parties and who believes that there is an alternative to austerity, cuts and misery.
For more see the Guardian articles here and the SWP website here.