'Rage in support of Lib Dems' Facebook group reaches 100,000 members

By staff writers
19 Apr 2010

A political Facebook group based on the successful campaign to get Rage Against the Machine, the UK Christmas number one, has reached 100,000 members.

"We got Rage Against the Machine to #1, we can get the Lib Dems into office" group has been gaining members at a rate of 10,000 a day over the last few days. It is now on course to have over 250,000 members by the general election on May 6th if the present trend continues. This would be more than the membership of any political party in the UK.

The independent initiative, which is not being run by the Liberal Democrat party, was founded on 30th March.

According to its organisers the group “is intended to encourage those who would like to vote Lib Dem, but usually don’t in favour of strategic voting, that if we unite we can really see a change in the two party system.”

“The political pendulum has swung to the middle - and got stuck” it says. “New Labour got elected by making themselves more Tory, now the Tories have made themselves New Labour”.

“No matter who we vote for, the government always gets in - for Britain's sake let's at least give the underdog party a proper crack of the whip.”

The group was set up by Ben Stockman who contacted Jon Morter, creator of the Rage Against The Machine Facebook group. Jon Morter is now one of the group's admnistrators.

Rage Against the Machine played a free concert in the US in 2000, to protest against the two party system there.

One particular appeal of the Facebook group is also the Liberal Democrat pledge to repeal the Digital Economy Bill, which was rushed through late at night in the end-of-Parliament ‘wash up’, to great public protest.

A poll by ComRes for the Independent on Sunday at the weekend, suggested that the Lib Dem surge in the polls is due in part to winning over the 'uncommitted' who do not generally support any party.

A week ago, before the first prime ministerial TV debate, this group was inclined towards the Conservatives with nearly 40 per cent saying they would back David Cameron. That figure has nearly halved, with 56 per cent saying they are going to back Nick Clegg, the Independent newspaper suggested.

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