I haven’t really been too interested in the recent election, if I’m brutally honest. The pre-election predictions, television debates, campaigning, and generally bullshit isn’t my idea of fun, whereas the post-election fracas where we endlessly debated about which lucky fellow would taste Nick Clegg’s cock got so confusing and boring even the most hardened union stalwart secretly wanted Clegg to hurry the fuck up and join the Tories.
But the election has highlighted just how bloody awful our election system is. Single Member Simple Plurality or First Past the Post (FPTP) has never been a wonderful system, which requires a far greater belief in the independence of the House of Commons than there actually is. The MP – constituency link might actually mean something if the MP wasn’t the bitch of their party whips. But the election results have been particularly shocking this year.
A good example is this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2010/may/07/general-election-2010-results
Democracy in action.
But that’s boring, so I’ve come up with a more interesting way of sorting the parties – % of vote relative to large donations. After all, money talks in this election, and understandably the major two parties dominated this area
So the Conservatives got 36.1% of the vote with £7,317,601.74 (who gave the 1.74?) – This means each 1% of the vote cost them £202,703, or £213712 with public funding. Excellent value for money
Labour got 29% with 5,283,198.85 – This means each 1% of the vote cost them £182,179
The Liberal Democrats got 23% with a whopping £724,000 – This means each 1% of the vote cost them £31,478, or £39,752 with public funding.
The Co-Operative Party only got £33,745, but none of the vote. Proof, if it is needed, that the public don’t know what’s best for them.
So the Conservatives – 1% of the vote for £213,712
Labour – 1% of the vote for £182,179
Liberal Democrats – 1% of the vote for £39,752
God forbid what might happen if the parties were on equal footing before a proportional system. Something as hideous as democracy might spring up.