This country is now governed by a bunch of illegitimate counts…..
by Pseud O'Nym
Frankly, I’m gob smacked. My flabber has been well and truly gasted. I stayed up until 8am this morning watching the election results, and they seemed nothing less than to be mourning the death of socialism in the UK. This is so not what this county needs right now. This country doesn’t need a government of illegitimate counts.
In what possible universe can David Cameron claim any legitimacy to preside over a government of a united kingdom, when it so plainly isn’t. A cursory look at the election results map confirms this. Only one Conservative MP in Scotland. A 36.9%share of the popular vote earned the Conservatives 331 MPs whilst Labour who won 30.4% of the popular vote earned 232 MPs.
Even worse still is the fate of UKIP. Now anyone who reads my incoherent ramblings will be aware that I’m not a huge fan of UKIP, but I’m even less of a fan of an electoral system that gives a political party with 12.6% of the popular vote, just one MP. One thinks, as one does, of Malcolm X, who said “I’ve got a plate in front of me, but nothing is on it. Because all of us are sitting at the same table, are all of us diners? I’m not a diner until you let me dine, then I become a diner.”
Up until now, the main political force pushing for proportional representation has come from the left. Mainly because their share of the popular vote hasn’t translated into MPs. But now pressure will be coming from UKIP as well. And the Green’s – 3.8% of the vote, equals one MP. And Labour will realise, that after the decimation in Scotland, they cannot ever win an election under the present system. A form of a proportional representation would revive their electoral fortunes.
I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this, how Ed Millibland would’ve fallen on his sword if only it hadn’t been so…blunted, how last night was, from a Lib-Dem point of view, a tartan bloodbath, how the current electoral system doesn’t invite all the parties to the party, and more if I wasn’t feeling so forlorn right now.
This sums up exactly how I feel.