Best. Thing. Ever.#politics #cows #explained #surrealism #communism #socialism #democracy #fascism #bureaucracy
359/400, which could have a lot to do with being British (our political climate is so far to the left of America’s), and believing strongly in government intervention/the move towards socialism. My guess is that a lot of people who scored as less progressive did so because although they’re very left wing, they’re radical to the point of anarchism, and so do not believe in high public spending or in government regulation of the economy. So many extreme left radicals go so far left they become right.
The difficulty with British politics at the moment is the fact that the main parties have all moved so far into the centre that we’re suddenly not debating big, clear, easy issues - we’re looking at the minutiae of specific policies. Instead of arguing for or against being part of the EU, for example, the leaders are discussing who Britain should side with within the EU, or whether there should be new treaties, or precisely how stuck in we should get when it comes to certain issues.
My point is simply that things aren’t simple. It’s not as easy as Republican/Democrat - or even Conservative/Labour. For the first time we have to consider the Lib Dems properly. For the first time the Left have to admit to ourselves that Labour aren’t the obvious, snap decision.
And for the first time, I have the chance to put all this into practice and vote.#GE2010 #election #UK #Clegg #Cameron #Brown #politics
I have been awake since 6am yesterday.
Barring powernaps. For Americans who don’t know (and apparently you don’t, which is pretty bloody worrying), it was election night yesterday in the UK.
If anyone still hasn’t read a fucking newspaper or turned on the television or listened to the radio or been on a news website; the UK has the first hung parliament since 1975. As of right now (10:29am) the seats stand thus:
[34 seats still to declare]
Other headline bits of election news - Caroline Lucas has become the first ever Green MP (yay!), Nick Griffin of the BNP was kept out in the constituency of Barking by a Labour candidate, meaning that the British National Party has no seats in the House of Commons (thank fuck).
If Labour and the Lib Dems form a coalition, they will almost certainly have more seats altogether than the Tories, however they will still not have a majority. On the other hand, if they also manage to convince the Plaid Cymru, SNP, and Green MPs to join with them, then they will gain the majority (the SDLP are already under Labour whip - 3 MPs).
Just, y’know, so you know.#GE2010 #hung parliament #UK #politics
From the BBC News Live Blog:
Interesting. Let’s do some Maths, shall we?
Labour have about 39.7% of the seats.
Just, y’know, putting that out there.#government #ConDem #politics #parliament #maths
Yep, that’s me with my Labour Party membership card.
Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here cementing people’s opinions of me as an overly-opinionated, loony-liberal politics geek.
Theresa May is just the absolute worst.
I have no idea what the first verse of the national anthem is, and yet by virtue of nothing more than my birth I have the unquestioned right to live here? We barely even use our national anthem - and quite rightly, because it’s an absolute dirge. Not to mention the fact that it’s utterly immaterial to actually living in the UK.
Let’s not even go into the other stuff.
Source right about here, and read more about how Theresa May has got rid of the bits about, y’know the Human Rights Act and the details about daily life in the UK, and replaced them with irrelevant crap about how wonderful British people were in the past here.#Theresa May #UK #immigration #politics