12th May 2010
ROLL ON 7th MAY 2015
IN PICTURES – THE FUTURE’S GREEN
The EYES, AYES & TIES have it – blue and yellow makes green
Yes. Green. But not necessarily in the environmental meaning.
ID CARDS ARE OUT, THE 4th HEATHROW RUNWAY IS OUT –
NEVER MIND – WE CAN ALWAYS VOTE THEM OUT –
IN FIVE YEARS –
THOUGH NOT BEFORE THEN!
A VERY BRITISH POLITICAL COUP – AGAINST THE VOTERS
As the new British dictators of the “Liberal/Conservative” government cooed and oohed at each other over the success of their coup against the British voter, or at least 8 and a half million of them (the 40% who didn’t vote Lib/Con), the poor voter tried to work out how to deal with this hijacking of democracy.
Yes, I know – fixed terms was also a Labour policy as well as Lib Dem. But NOT the changing of the vote of confidence ratio. Now it’ll need 55% to say “nay, you’re out”. That’s 200 of the 363. Not exactly likely without a decapitation of dastardly Dave by his own side.
Peter Hennessey’s response: “NOT GOOD. It was supposed to be a different type of politics, a new kind of politics.”
No-one voted for a hung parliament. That was NOT on the ballot paper. But by sleight of hand we seem to have hung ourselves with two parties AND for ALL OF FIVE YEARS. Two parties with a combined 363 seats (out of 650). In their new, open, shared, inclusive democracy they are acting against the 40+% who did not vote for them, and many of the rest of us too. If you voted Conservative, you didn’t expect to get a Lib Dem Deputy PM and five cabinet ministers and many of their policies. If you voted Lib Dem, you were probably more empathetic with the Labour party than with the Tories. And if you voted Labour – forget it. Your government has forgotten you.
There were others whose interests too have been overlooked in the Rose Garden today. Perhaps their ties were the wrong colour.
UK – 917,832; BNP – 563,743; Green- 285,616; Nationalist/Regional parties – 1,099,299; Others 400,000.
See full results details or vote totals at the end of this page.
NEXT ELECTION, IN CASE YOU’RE INTERESTED, IS ON 7th May 2015
William Hague lauds the new law. No “Not anOTHER law?” this time. He proudly announced the date of the next election. He said it is on “the first Thursday of May, 2015”. Until then we are all expected to swallow such fundamental changes to our democratic, electoral freedoms just like that! Because, as the two government parties like to tell us, all the undemocratic stuff was the fault of the other lot. Remember them?
But we are not about to take to the streets to complain about this fixed 5 year term.
No-one voted for a hung parliament. NO THEY DIDN’T. No such space on any ballot paper. The accident that no one party won this election –
– YES, NO ONE PARTY WON THIS ELECTION –
– does NOT mean that two of the losers have the right to make fundamental changes to our constitution. Three parties, as I suggested here – yes. But two?
Was it written in the Lib Dem or Conservative manifestos that a no-confidence vote in parliament will NOW require 55% of MPs?
SO, HANG ON A MINUTE, Dastardly and Muttley Nicely-Nicely
If you have almost 60% of our votes, can we have almost 60% of your policies please? We didn’t vote for 100% – 200% of your combined wisdom, after all. Fair votes and all that.
- Labour party manifesto -“legislation would be passed to introduce fixed-term parliaments”
- Liberal Democrat policy on fixed terms The Liberal Democrats have long wanted a four-year fixed term. That was before the Tories got their hands on it, and saw the value of hanging around an extra year. THE TORIES have extended that to FIVE years. Blair’s elections were called after 4 years, both times, both of which he won (1997/2001/2005). But then Tony Blair was just your everyday dictator, a mere innocent in comparison to this double act.
- Conservative party manifesto
Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alastair Campbell is to begin publishing his diaries in full from next month. He released heavily edited extracts after Mr Blair left office in 2007. But, now that the Labour government has ended, Mr Campbell will publish the unexpurgated diaries in four separate volumes.
“I ought to be cynical, I ought to be saying it’s all going to end in tears, but I just sense something good and genuine in the air and it just might work,” says Matthew Parris, Times columnist and former Tory MP. “You almost have a sense of two men staging a coup against the British political system,” he tells the BBC.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband says he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. “I will be standing with a deep sense of humility at the responsibility attached to the post, but also great, great passion for the values and beliefs that led me into the Labour Party 27 years ago,” Mr Miliband says. He adds that he wants to lead the party into a new era in which it is again a force for “economic and social change in this country”.
We understand that Baroness Warsi is to become Conservative Party chairman. She will part of the cabinet – the first Muslim woman ever to hold such a senior political position.
Labour’s Lord Falconer, who is supporting David Miliband, says we haven’t had a leadership contest for 16 years! That was in 1994 when Blair walked it, and Brown didn’t stand.
Whatever hyperbole you’ve got, I’ll use it, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson tells the News channel. Not since George W Bush and Tony Blair first stood side by side at Camp David have I seen such an extraordinary love-in.
At times, the press conference was like a joint stand-up show. Mr Cameron was asked if he regretted once saying Nick Clegg was “his favourite joke”. “I’m afraid I did say that once,” the PM says, looking sheepish. As Mr Clegg pretends to walk away in a mock huff, Mr Cameron shouts, “Come back!”
BBC’s business editor Robert Peston – “In the end, as I understand, nuclear power is one of those areas where the two have agreed to disagree, which creates considerable uncertainty for the two big companies, EDF and Centrica, that are hoping to roll out a series of enormous new nuclear power stations.”
The Liberal Democrats may have swallowed some extra spending cuts, but the Conservatives have taken on a lot of Lib Dem tax policies in return.Read Stephanie Flanders’ blog
Bookmakers William Hill have David Miliband as 2/7 favourite to be the next Labour leader, with brother Ed in second place at 5/1. Further down the list, Andy Burnham is at 8/1 and Ed Balls at 9/1.
Green Party leader and MP Caroline Lucas says the country is being “fobbed off” with the Lib Dem-Tory coalition. A Lib Dem-Labour agreement would have been preferable, she argues.
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Full UK Scoreboard (source here)
|Democratic Unionist Party||8||0||1||-1||168,216||0.6||-0.3|
|Scottish National Party||6||0||0||0||491,386||1.7||+0.1|
|Social Democratic & Labour Party||3||0||0||0||110,970||0.4||-0.1|
|UK Independence Party||0||0||0||0||917,832||3.1||+0.9|
|British National Party||0||0||0||0||563,743||1.9||+1.2|
|Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force||0||0||1||-1||102,361||0.3||-0.1|
|Traditional Unionist Voice||0||0||0||0||26,300||0.1|
|Independent Community and Health Concern||0||0||1||-1||16,150||0.1||+0.0|
|Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition||0||0||0||0||12,275||0.0|
|Scottish Socialist Party||0||0||0||0||3,157||0.0||-0.1|