Still can’t get my head around this happening:
What the actual fuck?! I mean, look at his smug rich-boy face. Is that really the face of a man you can trust to serve the country fairly and justly and not just in the interests of his über-rich friends? How has he become our prime minister again?!
He can’t even kiss his wife at his moment of victory in any meaningful way.
Something is clearly not right. It was meant to be immensely close. All the charts of flat-lining public polls, the endless chat of ‘it’ll definitely be a coalition. And then we just end up with a distribution of power that resembles Maggie Simpson.
– Compulsory voting
Only 66.1% of the population eligible to vote did so. The majority of the 33.9% would have not done so because they felt politically disenfranchised because politics doesn’t represent them. Looking at the choices it’s fair enough to see why. Politics favours the rich and powerful. But it will continue to do so if those voting are those benefitting from it. If voting was mandatory the parties would need to speak to that unconvinced 33.9% of the electorate more.
Besides, if my terminally ill friend can get his arse into a polling booth on the way to the hospital, then anyone can manage it.
– Or don’t make it compulsory, but make sure people have valid reasons for their choices
Who knows exactly on what basis David Cameron and the Tories won their votes? For some it’ll have been because they believe in the Conservative rhetoric. But for others it will have been because ‘Ed Miliband’s eyes are too close together so I didn’t want to vote for him.’ (True quote from a work colleague today. D’oh.)
If politics is going to be a beauty contest, or at least a ‘least ugly’ contest, then we’re all doomed. If people can’t be bothered to listen to the debates and form an educated opinion (and yes, that includes me) then perhaps they just shouldn’t vote. Instead of having pollsters outside the stations taking exit opinion, have them do a quiz beforehand. Only those who pass in terms of knowing what the parties stand for can go through to the next round and actually vote.
– Or proportional representation.
But I don’t really understand that either. But it’s got to be better than what we’ve got.
Except, if a system has awarded a party power then they’re not going to be inclined to change it. D’oh.
Farage is out (and probably has the world’s worst hangover this morning…although that was a given either way).
And I guess the Lib Dems will be able to say in five years time, after we’ve truly gone to Hell in a handcart, that they can demonstrably prove they’d tempered the evil last time round, rather than being Tory lap dogs. Maybe then we can trust that they aren’t just massive liars who sold us down the river.
And maybe that’s why people have voted for the Tories: they may have harsh policies about taking from the poor and not the rich, but they’re open about it. Their policies hurt, but they can claim they do what they say on the tin.