If only there were some way to vote for alternatives, allowing votes for smaller parties to be made without them feeling like a wasted vote. I'm sure you could come up with some kind of mathematically superior system that we could have a referendum on. I suppose if did, though, we'd need the Yes campaign to actually turn up and do some bloody campaigning.
Last edited by sonofsanta; 15th July 2014 at 02:32 PM. Reason: *wasted vote, not waster vote, which is when you democracy under the influence
The Greens are the only party I will (and do) vote for when I get the chance - i.e. European elections, which are also PR so I know my vote is actually counted. Any other time, I always spoil my ballot paper.
My problem with the Greens (apart from no candidates in Lincolnshire) is that they don't support nuclear power, which forces us into a continued reliance on fossil fuels and all in all seems to be a short-sighted policy doing more harm than good right now. Nuclear fission isn't perfect, but it's a more pragmatic choice than anything else capable of meeting our energy needs right now. Wind is too unreliable, wave and geothermal don't work in the UK, and solar isn't efficient enough yet, and the manufacturing process does so much harm it cancels out all the good anyway.
There's also rumblings of institutional anti-Semitism, although as far as I'm concerned that's not much different from all the other discrimination going on throughout politics.
Anyway, none of this actually matters to me, because the Conservatives could put a dead duck up for election in this county and still get the seat. I'd probably get more response from a dead duck than Sir Peter Tapsell, actually. As I said in another thread recently, all he needs to do to keep his seat is eat, breathe and poop, and some days it seems that's all he does.
I said this in another thread but politics can be summed up thus:
(assuming you get on with all your family)
Labour will kill your aunts
Cons will kill your uncles
Lib Dems will kill your cousins
Everyone else will say they won't but realistically they would have no choice.
Please vote now to pick your family's fate.
I vote locally - that is, I chose the best local MP - she's a Lib Dem as it happens and has been in for quite a long time. She is brilliant for both local and national issues affecting us.
As for the new Education Minister - what bothers me is that Cameron cant think either education, women's issues or equality are very important if he thinks one person can oversee them all.
(she did work as a corporate lawyer for 4 years after she graduated, which is something)
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