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“63% said not Tory”: the end of a honeymoon that never started – TolaAdenle

May 10, 2015

Europe

In protest scenes that looked like those against economic austerity that have been staged in Europe the last few years, people took to the streets in England and Wales to protest the victory of Cameron.  They carried many posters, including an allusion to Cameron’s victory that shows more than 50% did not vote for his party and does not support him: “63% said not Tory”; “get the Tories out”, et cetera.

Meanwhile, in another twist to the electoral victory that was being hailed as huge for the Tories, the smaller parties are also up in arms over millions of votes cast for their parties with barely representation in Parliament to reflect this.

Although the UKIP hauled in 3.8 million votes, it got a single MP seat in the new government, and the party’s leader is crying foul:  “the feeling out there is anger, not disillusionment.  We’ve got half the Labour vote [almost 9.4 million], yet we’ve got this outcome”, UKIP leader, Farrage reportedly said.  It should be noted that another smaller party had 1.1 million of the votes cast which together saw about five million votes getting A SINGLE SEAT in the UK Parliament.

Meanwhile, despite the recent failure of the Scottish referendum, the Scottish National Party won a massive 56 of the 59 seats for Scotland in the UK Parliament.  How much longer will “United” remain in the name of a union that has been together for centuries?

And could reforms to the British Electoral law/process be far behind?

This was written using information from various television reports AND from  past essays on the Scottish Referendum and the recent elections.

For further reading and, especially pictures from England and Wales of the protests:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/09/downing-street-anti-austerity-protest_n_7249008.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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4 Comments on ““63% said not Tory”: the end of a honeymoon that never started – TolaAdenle”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    Happy sabbath. Aren’t most of us in agreement with the Churchillian observation that democracy may not be perfect but nothing better has yet emerged? The first part of the post selection remains controversial but many are reluctant to adopt proportional representation PR. In the circumstance citizens of the UK must enjoy what they have and work, regular free and fair selection on the basis of first past the post. The electorate will now and then swing hard enough to effect desired change. The anti Tory swing has not been hard enough this time and the smaller parties are paying the price.

    Happily in a democracy the disadvantaged can keep scratching away for PR until they get enough to make it law. Back to Churchill, someone can invent a better system of government.

    Tao.

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  2. Femi Aborisade Says:

    Thanks for this succinct analysis. Femi Aborisade

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Tao,

      Thanks for the good wishes, and as the day is already too far gone in your corner of the globe, here’s wishing you a very safe week.

      How very right, not only the Churchillian ref but the other areas!

      Thanks for weighing in, and in your usual brief but deep way.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Femi,

      Thanks very much for this. Have a very good week.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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