miss_s_b: (Politics: Democracy)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
So I just watched this video:



... which is an unofficial Paddick supporters' vid, the first half of which attacks Boris and the second half bigs up Brian. And the bit that stuck in my mind was a joke's only funny the first time around.

Londoners have a choice on May 3rd between a joke that's not funny any more, an apparently corrupt hasbeen who keeps rising like Zombie Mr Grimsdyke, an environmentalist, and a former police chief who knows what he's doing and loves the city he wants to be mayor of. And the media keep talking like the fight is between the first two and not the last two. In any sane political system this would not be the case: the fight in any election ought to be between the most competent candidates, not the least.

Why is our political system so utterly fucked up that all we hear about in the London mayoral race is Ken V Boris and Boris V Ken, certainly up here, when I want to hear what Brian and Jenny have to say? Mainly I'd like to hear what Brian and Jenny have to say because they are the two who seem like they might have a cat in hell's chance of not totally cocking everything up the second they take office like Ken or Boris would/will.

Argh. I don't know. Our political system is so frustrating. All my training at school and uni pushes me towards scientific method: an idea should be evaluated on it's merits by examination of evidence and careful study. Our political system does not reward this approach. Our political system rewards diatribe, hysterical screaming, hyperbole, totally ignoring evidence, paying off the media, throwing money at a campaign rather than ideas; and joining a party not because their ideals accord with yours, but because they are the best route to power.

Changing the electoral system might have made a dent in that, but the London Mayoral Race is not run on FPTP and the campaign still seems to go the same way.

It's depressing.

Vote Bean

Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
daweaver:   (pluralism)
From: [personal profile] daweaver
Oh, the supplementary vote is capable of perverting the will of the electorate. Take, for instance, the town of Doncaster in 2009. Labour stood a candidate, the Conservatives stood a candidate. The Lib Dems and Greens didn't stand a candidate, but supported one of three independent candidates. The BNP and English Democrats also stood. The first round was remarkably close, topped by the supported Ind on 22.9% of the vote. The ED secured 22.6%, Labour 22.1%, with the others trailing.

Voters on the Responsible end of the political spectrum had to guess which Responsible candidates would make the final two, and if their first preference didn't make it, which would be their second choice. Voters on the Racist end could go 1) BNP 2) ED, or vice versa, and be done with it.

And that's what happened. The BNP vote transferred almost exactly to the ED candidate, while three-quarters of the Responsible transfer was lost when the voters guessed incorrectly. The result is that the English Democrats have complete control of the town, based on the active support of less than a third of the voters (and barely 10% of the population), at least until the next mayoral election next year.

Or, if I'm to believe Channel 4 News tonight, until Doncaster decides that mayors were a bad idea and return to something more sensible.

Re: Vote Bean

Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
gwenhwyfaer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
Which is exactly why I'll be voting against a mayor in Sheffield's referendum. At least if the council chooses a mayor, the council can kick him out again. Being intractably stuck with the worst numpty on the charts for four years - as happened in Doncaster (and let's not forget that the fascist in question is the father of notoriously dreadful Member for Shipley Philip Davies) - is just not something I can let happen.

Of course, given my unfailing political nose, this means that Yes vote will win by a country mile. *sigh*

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