May 7th, 2010
|10:24 am - "The [electorate] has spoken, but it is not clear what they have said."|
So no-one won. And now the fun really starts...
Also, two useful things I learned from Wikipedia's article on the Official Monster Raving Loony Party today:
1. They did, in fact, run a candidate named "Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel" in a 1981 by-election;
2. Their 2005 "Manicfesto" included a pledge to ban semi-colons, on the grounds that no-one understood how to use them.
So after all that, the Lib Dems *lost* seats?
That's disappointing - at least as spoken from a bystander point of view.
This is why they always gripe about proportional representation -- they get votes, but not many seats.
But they're still going to end up being the kingmakers this time around -- they can put the Tories over the top if they ally with them, or possibly provide Labour with a crutch if they go that way. So their influence will be disproportionate to their actual number of seats for this Parliament, at least.
Then again, whatever happens, the odds are very good that there'll be another general election within a year or so; barring disaster, whichever party forms the new government is likely to want to try to get a firmer grip on power...
Edited at 2010-05-08 04:16 am (UTC)
YAY, my favorite political party EVER. I'd vote for them here if I could.
|Date:||May 8th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)|| |
From the comments on Charlie Stross's blog:
Random person: "Charlie or someone, How about a *short* rundown of the UK parties in terms that Americans(USA) can identify with?"
Charlie: "Sure. We have socialists, socialists, socialists, more socialists, and left-wing Democrats (the Conservatives). Plus a couple of unvarnished Nazis (the BNP) but they got their asses kicked."
Pretty accurate, though I'd also throw in "regional Celtic parties obsessed with regional issues no-one else gives a toss about" -- Plaid Cymru, the SNP, and the somewhat more unpleasant Sinn Fein from Northern Ireland.
Traditionally, Labour used to be working-class (and fairly pure) socialism, while the Liberals, and later the Lib Dems, were more sort of genteel middle-class quasi-socialists. But as Robyn Hitchcock says, "[in 1974] you could vote for Labour, but you can't anymore": New Labour has edged rightward into the middle, and the Tories, scenting a victorious strategy, have edged leftward to meet them. Anyone who lived in Britain in the 1980s or before would be startled, I think, by how much the political mainstream has contracted into the middle since the mid-'90s.
And that movement off the harder right-wing position that the Tories used to occupy has made more room for right-wing twats like, yes, the British
Nazi Fascist Racist Twat National Party, who lost their deposits, are being sued by Unilever after using Marmite in one of their broadcasts without permission (!), and will hopefully see one of their members charged after he was filmed punching people while out campaigning. It really couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of sons-of-bitches, either.
|Date:||May 10th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)|| |
I love that you used a semi-colon in your post. :)