Friday, May 23, 2008

Crewe and Nantwich

Well, the by-election is over and the predictable result is in. People were cross with Gordon Brown's Labour party and decided to give them a bloody nose. How to do that? Change and vote for the party which came second last time. As a result they now have a Tory MP. Will life change for the people of that constituency? Not a lot! To parody an old saying, one MP does not a government make.
Well done Elizabeth Shenton and team. Keeping going in the face of such relentless yah boo, first past the post, negative campaigning takes a lot of guts. And to those who think it's not worth the effort, just remember - to get to a parliamentary majority you've got to start somewhere. The real losers are going to be the electorate of the UK next year or the year after. Until we get a fair voting system in this country the government is going to be chosen by about 8000 voters in swing seats. What kind of a mandate does that give anyone?
And speaking of democracy, what an excellent article by Nick Clegg in the Independent this week. For various reasons I didn't read it until 2 days after it was published but I was impressed and wished that more of that reasoned debate could be heard around the country. What are the other two parties afraid of? What have they got to lose, apart from their "majority"?

2 comments:

Jennie said...

The other two parties have everything to lose. I am increasingly of the view that we will not see FPTP go in this country in my lifetime: the two main parties will cling to it for as long as humanly possible because they know it is the only way of preserving their power, and the media will help them in their aim because a two party system makes it much easier for the media.

Maureen Rigg said...

Couldn't agree more. Their "majority" is only of seats, not of supporters, and they know that as well as we do.