No time:

  • Up at 5.30am today, home at 10.30pm. H off to US for conference for over a week. West Dean at the weekend. Oxford today. Mad. Hectic. Too much to do, too little time. Gah.
  • UKIP. Gah. Consider this – next election, Tories biggest party, but not sufficient for a majority, so form an alliance with UKIP. Fate worse than death.
  • LA Fisheries – best chippy for miles
  • Mmmmmm beer
  • Visitor number 150,000 should call in sometime next Tuesday – watch the counter.

3 Replies to “Braindump”

  1. Can’t see UKIP getting an MP. Tactical voting comes into play then. Nobody would want to vote for them and let the Tory or Labour (not all UKIP voters would have come from the Conservatives) lose.

  2. Fair point. Our first-past-the-post system has its advantages too – I’ve ever been a fan of PR, and I think this election has shown how it can give disproportionate power to minor parties.

  3. Exactly, PR causes a lot of aggro. You get situations like in Israel or Italy where the smaller, fringier parties hold the balance of power in the clamour to form coalitions. Now wonder the Lib-Dems are all for it nationally and not just in Scotland where they have, drum roll, a Lib-Lab coalition.

    Also our system means the sometimes reforming governments aren’t as shackeled in their endevours. I’m thinking Liberals in 1906, Labour in 1945 and Conservatives in 1983. Although that might not be a good thing depending on whether one agrees with the reforms or not!

    Incidently the Telegraph today agrees with my analysis! blockquote>It was no good, he added, hiding behind the pretence that the 16 per cent of the vote for UKIP would split the opposition vote and therefore allow Labour back in at the next election. That was a naive analysis.

    “If we are saying that two thirds of the UKIP vote came from natural Tories who will probably return to the Conservatives at the next election, then they [the Tories] are not polling badly.”Perhaps I ought to get Adam Boulton’s job!<

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