Friday, May 06, 2005

What is going on in the UK election?

It's all bloody interesting. I'm (almost) sure that Tony is going to end up as Prime Minister, but the map is covered with lots of little scraps between the three parties. All in all it means that every constituency is very different from every other one.

It's always amusing to see an ethnic returning officer standing in front of a group of very prim and proper white men, the candidates, reading out a long list of numbers.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, to me it looks like a small swing to the Tories, probably on tax, and mostly in the South, plus a swing from Labour to the Lib Dems (probably the anti-war vote) which is pretty evenly distributed.

It's a shame that a bunch of idiots voted for that piece of slime Galloway, although I can't shed too many tears over Oona King.

More interesting is Northern Ireland (bug swing from the UUP to Paisley's nutters, medium swing from the SDLP to the terrorists). That should make the peace process interesting...

Ryan said...

What I never understand about the UK system is the way some seats are Labour-Conservative fights, some are Labour-Lib Dem and then some are Tory-Lib Dem. I find the Tory-Lib Dem areas (mainly the south west) particularly intriguing, is it really just residual hatred of the 70's Labour party that prevents these people from considering voting that way? Or maybe people just like extremes... they certainly do in Northern Ireland.

Anonymous said...

What I never understand about the UK system is the way some seats are Labour-Conservative fights, some are Labour-Lib Dem and then some are Tory-Lib Dem.

I think people in the south west think that the Lib Dems are fairly centrist. That's a somewhat bizarre opinion to hold these days, although the continuation of a local affection for Paddy Ashdown probably has something to do with that.

Then again, the Lib Dems "do" local politics in a way that the reds and blues tend not to, which goes down quite well in the SW.