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Fat Cat at Wakefield Mayor's Ball
"AT LAST, I've got someone I can vote for!" exclaimed the traffic warden as he looked over to the Socialist Party stall being set up outside Wakefield Town Hall.
It was the placard saying: "Mick Griffiths vows only to accept a worker's wage", which caught the eye of this former Labour voting ex-miner who had decided never to vote Labour again.
Our Socialist Alliance manifesto launch didn't get any press coverage but it did cause a stir at the Town Hall.
We hired a Fat Cat pulling the strings of Blair, Hague and Kennedy.
This was to highlight ourselves as an alternative to the big business parties.
Our stunt coincided with the 'Mayor-making' ceremony at the town hall, so very nervous council staff called security and the police to have us moved on.
As this was only the day after the 'Prescott-egg', I think they were all a bit worried that our Fat Cat was going to invite himself to the Mayor's ball.
If only we'd planned it...!
In The Socialist 25 May 2001: