the Majority party  
 

Well well. So we have one, of a sort.

Over the past 60 years, along with some 58 million other subjects of Her Majesty, you've sat quietly while the UK has become the fiefdom* of numerous factions that have just one thing in common: they are all minorities.

The nadir of "democracy" in the British Isles occurred at the 2005 General Election, when despite polling a considerable minority of English votes, one party was awarded the majority of English seats!

The conundrum of the 2010 result moved the game along quite considerably, and whilst on the face of it we had a unique moment of "majority" government, the UK is now transparently and officially the  fiefdom of two minorities.

However, the coalition formed within the Westminster and Media "bubble" was still woefully out of touch, and now increasingly rudderless. The success of rascals like George Galloway and Boris suggests that the people were thinking "couldn't really be any worse", and this encouraged a flood of alternatives to the "tedious three" main parties.    

And now the rise and rise of UKIP confirms that the English people are very much in a "none of the above" mood that deepened as May 2015 drew closer. And as for the SNP, well, what can we say? The magic of FPTP meant that exactly half the votes cast - 50% - resulted in 81% of the seats ("a landslide"). On a 71% turnout, that means the votes of just 35% of the electorate.

 

So while the future of Westminster politics is now in the hands of a few more real people who have done real jobs (for the time being), the better answer is to adopt a more transparent policy where referendums/referenda (you pick) become the way ahead for all major decisions, as in Switzerland.

Although our archaic voting system is little changed since the days of Dick Turpin, and seems to suit the status quo, the reality is that technology makes a better solution trivial, as TV shows have proved.

Despite the AV referendum failure, there is going to have to be some account taken of the latest result to re-establish some modicum of legitimacy as politics continues to evolve.

 

 

*fiefdom:
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from Old French -- more at FEE
1 : a feudal estate : FEE
2 : something over which one has rights or exercises control <a politician's fief>

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