By Terence Bunch Published 2010-05-01 00:00:00 Last Edited 2010-05-01 00:00:00
As the British General Election enters its last week before the people go to the polls to elect a new Government, the Parliament Square Peace Camp swells with supporters and campaigners on the traditional workers day of Mayday.
As the campaigners gather in the square, the sky darkens ominously dropping a sense of crisis and foreboding onto the Parliament building below. In recent weeks, opinion polls published in the UK have revealed that a general strategic shift in voting intentions has taken place within the British electorate.
As a direct result, both mainstream political parties, Labour and Conservative, have adopted crisis tactics in a desperate attempt to convince their own supporters not to abandon them. The war in Afghanistan, the ruination of the British economy and colossal nepotism and corruption in the British political system being the primary cause of the problem.
The Peace Camp campaigners gather in the square with the intention of bearing witness to the continuing, but largely futile and unwinnable, war in Afghanistan and to ensure that the war remains in public sight.
During the electioneering period, British troops have been withdrawn from direct contact with local Afghanis in an attempt to ensure that dead British soldiers do not colour the election period itself. They are likely be returned to danger after May 6th.
The Peace Camp vows to remain in place unitl the day of the election.
Parliament Square, London. 1st May 2010.