British Democracy

So… as is often the case with modern politics the world over; little makes sense of the current situation in Britain – here we have a prime minister, Gordon Brown; the leader of the county who was never voted into power by the public – he was simply next in line at Tony Blair’s Labour party for the position… now having just had a general election, and losing out to the Conservative Party / David Cameron – he is still Prime Minister. HMMMM; democracy at it’s best, no doubt.

It’s all based on the system of local councils, or constituences or some other such ‘thing’ that most people just don’t get. Fact is, someone else got more votes yet the system fails the people. A hung Parliament is what they call it… some of these politicans deserve just that.

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  1. KrAzY3
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm Permalink

    I was watching a feed of the BBC’s election coverage and I have to admit I was a bit confused. One thing that was bad ass was when they announced results they would line up the candidates and some of these guys got like 14 votes but were up on stage. I thought that was fucking awesome.

    It’s a stark contrast to how it is in the US. In the US our two party system pretty much suffocates the process. If one party has a majority, they then set heads of all committees. A 51/49 majority and that party is in control of everything. The voters weren’t sure, but the process is… No real allowances are made for someone that isn’t a Republican or a Democrat either, you basically have to choose or you get left out of the process.

    The European model seems to be taking their portion of the votes, then deciding what to do with them outside of the the will of the voter. Basically, the voters entrusted their votes to a political party and that party then decides what to do with them.

    I’d like to see more voting in all processes. If someone wants to occupy a position/public office as a politician, they probably should be elected and not appointed. Both systems seem to have created a way to take some of the power from the voters and give it to the political parties themselves.

  2. Posted May 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm Permalink

    It’s true that anyone can stand and it leads some very odd characters in British politics… the most famous was the ‘Monster Raving Loony Party’ – see Wiki here:

    Very funny and oddly, some policies dreamt up by them have come to pass – the most important being the voting age being lowered in the U.K.

  3. Posted May 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm Permalink

    I saw one of the people from that party on the election coverage. I couldn’t recall the exact name but I heard the announcer say the name of the party and I was kind of like “did I hear what I thought I heard?”. Kind of refreshing actually…

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