Thursday, July 01, 2010
You Got Some Splainin' To Do
Excuse the possibly vague American TV reference.
But I have a question for my British readers. (I know yer out there.)
Here it is:
In the recent National Polls in the UK, the plurality went to the Conservatives. OK. I'll give them that much.
The Conservatives won 306 seats in Parliament.
Labour won 258 seats.
The Liberal-Democrats won 57 seats.
Now...the popular vote showed that the Conservatives ended up with 36.1%; Labour with 29%, and Liberal-Democrats with 23%. All understood.
However, when it came to forming a government, why did the right wing party (the Conservatives) get to head it? This makes no sense to me, at all. Both Labour and the Liberal-Democrats are supposedly left of center parties. Why didn't the left of center majority form the government while leaving out the far less popular right of center party?
I'm not saying that the stupid US so-called "two party system" is superior. Far from it. Give me a parliamentary democracy any day over this farce we have here in the States. But just explain to me why at least 52% of the population who were obviously voting for a leftist form of rule had to allow the 36% who technically came in second to form a right wing government. This makes no sense to me, especially when even the seats in Parliament went to the major left wing parties by a score of 308 to 306. Slim majority, yes, but even by that measure they have the upper hand.
Why did the Liberal-Democrats feel honor bound to form up a government that will have rightist policies when a solid majority obviously didn't want right wing policies and had voted so? This seems as if the UK parliamentary system has degenerated into as big a farce as the joke our corporate masters play on us here in the USA.
(And, yes, I realize that there are smaller parties around--and that many of them also tend to tilt left.)