A sad day

Yesterday, that is.

The funeral I spent much of yesterday attending (and singing for) is not something I’m going to share in detail with my blog readers.  A moving ceremony, and a medium-sized church impressively filled with mourners, followed by a wake.

Yesterday’s public event was of course the voting: the election and referendum.  The first was interesting, particularly in Scotland where the SNP – who seek Scottish independence – won an outright majority.  Good for them!  What saddens me there is to see the libdems lose so badly, here (England) and elsewhere.  I’m not a libdem supporter (though I’m with them on some issues), but they surely deserve credit along with the Tories for giving the country a government last year in its hour of need!

The worst result was the referendum.  We were presented with a choice between an utterly indefensible system, and one with the merit of ensuring winning candidates have majority support.  Since I’m not a candidate for election, I can be blunt and say without beating about the bush, the electorate has demonstrated its stupidity.

Posted on May 6, 2011, in politics, uk. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I was not surprised by the result but was astonished at the size of the majority for the status quo. Ironically we were told that the alternative vote (like its big brother, proportional representation) would likely give us fewer clear cut majorities than first-past-the post – yet FPTP gave us an indecisive result and a coalition at Westminster last year, whilst PR gave Scotland’s SNP a theoretically almost impossible outright majority!

    The proponents of first-past-the-post were right about one thing though – a large proportion of the electorate really does seem to be stupid enough not to be able to cope with anything more challenging that sticking a cross in a box!

    Also I’m disappointed at those lib dem voters who saw fit to do their party down rather that recognise the reality that, in government, one has to make pragmatic and, at times, uncomfortable decisions, Clearly, they’d rather their party went back to the sidelines of politics, shouting moralistically and achieving nothing.

  2. I think we’re seeing the sad reflection that most Lib Dem voters aren’t really serious about politics at all. They really would rather lodge a protest than get on with doing anything useful. That’s the LD base, and that’s what Clegg is so tragically out of touch with.

    I dread the idea of an independent Scotland. There was a reason why the two kingdoms were tied together in the first place – because they couldn’t stop fighting – and the Union was undoubtedly very successful for both of them. And given the number of expat Scots living in England now, I find it hard to believe that they really want to be controlling that border.

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