My membership card tells me the "The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party." So as Labour is not running a candidate in the coming Haltemprice and Howden Bye-election should my comrades not make the most of a bad job and vote for Christopher John Talbot who represents the Socialist Equality Party? This could not, of course, be a line pursued by Bennites for their guru is backing David Davis of the Tory Capitalist Class.
As Labour only obtained 3.07% of the votes in the Bye-election at Henley, then the Trotskyist Talbot might only need a few hundred votes in a low turnout to do better than that and thus claim a major break-through in moving the working class towards permanent revolution!
On the other hand, fellow Labourites at Haltemprice and Howden could always vote for the Greens who (unlike Labour) managed to keep ahead of the BNP in Henley.
The trouble is that none of this is remotely funny. I am part of campaigns at the moment in local elections for Labour, to join in efforts to stem the tide. There is no other option.
Update 11 July : Revolution Postponed - the Socialist Equality Party got 84 votes at Haltemprice and Howden.