Well, it looks like people didn’t use their vote wisely after all.
The expected anti-LibLabCon backlash didn’t materialise with people voting for the LibLabCon coalition. The Leaders “Debates” shown on Sky, ITV and the BBC successfully deflected attention from the local candidates and onto the party leaders even though only a few thousand of us could vote for them and the anti-hung parliament propaganda in Tory newspapers scared a lot of people into so-called “tactical” voting.
The BBCs partiality in this election needs to be investigated and steps taken to ensure that the privileged and powerful few aren’t given an unfair advantage over the already disadvantaged smaller parties.
And when the Tory media complains about the fact that Gordon Brown is still Prime Minister despite losing by 2m votes and 50-odd seats, they have only themselves to blame for interfering in the election. If they’d left people to get on with voting for who they wanted instead of peddling propaganda about a hung parliament the result could have been very different. If they’d stuck to slagging off Liebour and the Limp Dims instead of telling lies about a hung parliament they wouldn’t have motivated the LibLab voters.
It looks like UKIP’s hopes are all pinned on Nigel Farage. The result has been pretty disappointing nationwide for UKIP but it looks like a lot of deposits have been retained and UKIP have beaten the BNP in almost every seat contested.
In Telford, David Wright managed to cling on to his seat with a reduced majority of about 1k, reduced from 5k. Denis Allen got almost 2.5k votes, keeping his deposit and effectively depriving the Tories of a victory. That was certainly the general consensus anyway – the Tories were fuming with us and the Liebour lot were shaking our hands blinking away the tears in their eyes, thanking us for seeing the Tories off!
In the Wrekin constituency, Mark Pritchard increased his 500 majority to 9k. Malcolm Hurst for UKIP got 2,050 votes and missed the 5% needed to keep his deposit by about 350 votes.
As I type, there are over 2m more votes for the Tories than there are for Liebour and a difference of 47 seats. There are 1.6m votes between the Limp Dims and Liebour but the difference in seats is 189. The electoral system is fundamentally wrong and needs changing. Under proportional representation, based on current vote share with 43 seats left to declare, the seat allocation for the main parties should be something like:
- Con: 235
- Lab: 185
- Lib: 149
- UKIP: 20
- BNP: 12
- SNP: 11
- Green: 6
Tens of millions of votes will be ignored no matter what the outcome is because we still have this medieval first past the post electoral system.