UK General Election 2024

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steve ridgway

Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on June 16, 2024, 03:20:25 PMWhy?  Ignorant American here.  :-[
Wrong boundaries??

PD

The counties as divisions of the UK go back many hundreds of years and developed distinct cultures but have been tampered with to create more convenient units for local government such as "Greater Manchester". However they have proven quite resilient as with that band marching through Saddleworth to celebrate Yorkshire Day, or on a number of informative boundary signs. Hence some people's antipathy to being absorbed into the EU and some arbitrary region designed to undermine national identity.


Mandryka

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Quote from: Dry Brett Kavanaugh on June 15, 2024, 05:49:08 AMSingle-member-district system discourages ideologue candidates and encourages moderate, centrist candidates as the former don't win plural vote within districts. Proportional representation system, utilized in Scandinavia, Low Countries, et al., doesn't discourage ideological parties. But after elections, all these ideologue members may have difficulty making consensus in legislature.

18% of the poll say they'll vote for Reform. They are forecast to win 2 constituencies out of 650. Is this democracy?  Is it a good thing? You're the expert!

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/trackers/voting-intention

https://x.com/BritainElects/status/1802305636635419004
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Todd

Quote from: Mandryka on June 17, 2024, 02:52:57 AM18% of the poll say they'll vote for Reform. They are forecast to win 2 constituencies out of 650. Is this democracy?  Is it a good thing? You're the expert!

Seems like underrepresentation to me, but as it is in a different country, I will lose zero minutes of sleep over it.

When I got online this morning, I saw multiple articles wherein Nigel Farage claims he will go for the PM slot in 2029.  Don't know if he's serious or not.  Either way, this UK election is getting more coverage than normal in my normal news sources. 
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Dry Brett Kavanaugh

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Quote from: Mandryka on June 17, 2024, 02:52:57 AM18% of the poll say they'll vote for Reform. They are forecast to win 2 constituencies out of 650. Is this democracy?  Is it a good thing? You're the expert!

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/trackers/voting-intention

https://x.com/BritainElects/status/1802305636635419004



The bad thing is that it's unrepresentative and undemocratic. The good thing is that it discourages extreme ideologues, such as neo-Nazi, communist, white supremacist parties, and encourages moderate, centrist parties- usually the two major parties. It tends to encourage a swift policy change/policy making by a (new) majority party in parliament in contrast to a time-consuming and sometimes unpredictable bargaining process in a multi-party parliament with proportional representation system. Sometimes the latter is unable to make a majority coalition to make policy (so-called Gordian Knot). In short, the Anglo system is for a swift policy change in the government rather than fair representation of voters.
Iron law in politics/government is that there is a trade off between efficiency and representation in government.

Todd

Saw this from The Telegraph this morning, and I did, in fact, LOL: Lazy civil servants are driving Britain to the brink

At least the paper is consistent.  Here's an op-ed from April: The lazy, bloated civil service is dragging Britain down - and we are all paying for it

Fortunately, in the States, press coverage is much, much less sensational, more sober, and less obviously partisan.  Whew!

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Mandryka

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Quote from: Todd on June 18, 2024, 07:08:08 AMSaw this from The Telegraph this morning, and I did, in fact, LOL: Lazy civil servants are driving Britain to the brink

At least the paper is consistent.  Here's an op-ed from April: The lazy, bloated civil service is dragging Britain down - and we are all paying for it

Fortunately, in the States, press coverage is much, much less sensational, more sober, and less obviously partisan.  Whew!





The British media is very partisan, not just mainstream print media, but also the BBC. It's all part of the managed democracy we live with. The Telegraph used to be a Tory paper, I think it abandoned the Conservatives after Boris was ousted and now supports Farage. The left would claim that Corbyn failed (partly?) because of the way he was presented by the press and by television.

Younger cohorts just aren't interested in mainstream media -  but Tik Tok, Youtube, X all present their own biases, with highly managed feeds.





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Todd

Quote from: Mandryka on June 18, 2024, 07:15:04 AMIt's all part of the managed democracy we live

This would imply that corporate entities, via wealthy managers, and wealthy individuals rule in an oligarchic manner.  That simply cannot be, not in 2024.  No way.  Nuh-uh.


Quote from: Mandryka on June 18, 2024, 07:15:04 AMYounger cohorts just aren't interested in mainstream media -  but Tik Tok, Youtube, X all present their own biases, with highly managed feeds.

This can't be true.  The information superhighway is unbiased and truthful.  I was promised as much in the 90s and I firmly believe it.  I know in my heart it is true in the US!!
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steve ridgway

I think we can forget Reform UK now. Farage said the West provoked Russia to invade Ukraine by "expanding" the EU and NATO in their direction. I don't recall the EU or NATO driving tanks over the borders and annexing anyone ::) .

Mandryka

Quote from: steve ridgway on June 21, 2024, 11:12:05 PMI think we can forget Reform UK now. Farage said the West provoked Russia to invade Ukraine by "expanding" the EU and NATO in their direction. I don't recall the EU or NATO driving tanks over the borders and annexing anyone ::) .

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Irons

Quote from: steve ridgway on June 21, 2024, 11:12:05 PMI think we can forget Reform UK now. Farage said the West provoked Russia to invade Ukraine by "expanding" the EU and NATO in their direction. I don't recall the EU or NATO driving tanks over the borders and annexing anyone ::) .

Something fishy about Farage. Where is the funding coming from? Reform is not short of cash by any means. Is he in cahoots with Trump? The criticism of NATO is from the Trump songbook. The way Farage rolled into Clacton surrounded by bodyguards spilling from a fleet of top range Land Rovers a scary sight. If Reform is the new British right and Trump wins, God help us!
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Quote from: steve ridgway on June 21, 2024, 11:12:05 PMFarage said the West provoked Russia to invade Ukraine by "expanding" the EU and NATO in their direction. I don't recall the EU or NATO driving tanks over the borders and annexing anyone ::) .

Finland joined NATO because Russia attacked Ukraine. Without the war in Ukraine Finland (and Sweden) would not be members of NATO today. Clearly annexing parts of Ukraine is much more important for Russia than keeping Finland out of NATO. Otherwise they would have kept away from Ukraine and instead practised peaceful rhetoric.
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