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Cutting off your nose to spite your face

Britain has a BNP MEP. This country is screwed...hope the protest voters are happy now. Sigh. From what I've heard, they increase vote rather than their total number of votes, which means that it was people not voting who let them in. No matter how much you're annoyed by the expenses row, the BNP really aren't a better option. Fiddling your expenses isn't quite on the same level as massive racism. (And apparently they can't even try to play the "We're not racist, honest" card - the elected member is a former member of the National Front.

Argh. How depressing.

I'm even more determined that a general election now would be a terrible idea - clearly the British public can't be trusted to have any sort of sense of proportion.

On the other hand, the Apprentice final was good, and it looks like Scotland has kept the same party mix of MEPs (2 Lab, 2 SNP, 1 Con, 1 Lib Dem) even though the vote shares have changed - there was a bit of a worry that UKIP could beat the Lib Dems to a seat. We won't get the final result till tomorrow night for Scotland, though - the Western Isles are refusing to count the votes on a Sunday.



Jun. 8th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Depends if you're judging by intentions or results, I guess. But yes, the political system is very broken and has been for a long time. The one good thing about the expenses thing is that there's a slight chance we'll get PR out of it.
Jun. 8th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Well it is the system thats just let the BNP in to Europe remember...

Proporotional representation likely isn't the magic bullet people seem to think it is... At least IMO.
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. It's got drawbacks, notably that a lot of people are fascist idiots ;) Still better than FPTP, though.
Jun. 8th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Not as good as Single Transferable Vote, I think. STV does a very close job of approximating the real will of the people but without handing huge amounts of power to toadying party loyalists and fringe parties in coalitions.

Jun. 8th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of the list system. I used to know more about all the PR options; must go look them up again...


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