Thursday, April 17, 2008

Why do they not keep these things simple?

This article claims that voter confusion may swing the London mayor contest. It may be so but if anything the thickos voting for Red Ken will be most impacted so I'm tempted to just laugh and move on.

It does make me think though. If all but one of the candidates are a bunch of useless socialists then even if someone, not socialist, had a clear win under this method they could actually end up losing. That doesn't sound right but does explain why this bunch are looking at changing it.

What else can they trying to do by making the voting process so complicated? If candidate 1 gets 1 more vote than candidate 2 then he has won. More people want him to take the place than the others and those that wasted their vote voting for the person that came last even though they actually would have preferred candidate 2 shouldn't really be whinging and whining. It seems that our desire not to upset even the people that choose the losers we are looking at giving them another chance to effect the results and change the will of the majority.

Perhaps as we are so flexible why don't we split the role up and let each serve a proportion of the term that they are voted. That would be fairer as the candidates would each have a chance to shine and thus each voters choice would be taken into consideration. It would make for much more interesting elections as more would take part and we would need agree lower limits.

I can see it now. Red Ken storms into the Mayors office. Cheers from his followers echo off the office walls and Red Ken pops some champagne bottles and his staff gather around while the glasses are distributed and they all toast him becoming mayor again. Eventually they all finish and drift off nibbling the hors d'oeuvres. Red Ken says 'Right. I'm ready to go to work' What is down for my 10 o'clock?' A voice comes back and says 'It's 9:30 Mr Livingstone your time in office is up. Can you leave now as Mr Smith from the Raving Loony Party is on his way up to take his turn.'

Yes! Much more interesting. They won't have time to mess things up. I like it already.

5 Comments:

At 5:38 am, Blogger Semaj Mahgih said...

Eyes on Boris.

 
At 11:08 pm, Blogger Crushed said...

I don't know, I prefer STV as an electoral system. What they have in London isn't strictly STV, of course.

 
At 2:31 pm, Blogger Bag said...

Why play with something that has worked for a long time? Only answer is to adjust it to fit your requirements. Thats why this lot make tweaks to everything but all the tweaking in the world doesn't help their base policies.

 
At 10:49 am, Blogger LadyBanana said...

I heard only 30something % of people voted last time so I want to make the effort this time and do it!

But I cannot make up my mind between these wittering fools!

 
At 12:09 pm, Blogger Bag said...

My Lady,

Yes it is a bit of a dilemma. None of the main three parties are worth supporting and parties like the greens are just as bad although the kick given to the main parties by a outsider will make them reconsider their policies eventually.

So, unlike here where only the three main parties have candidates, other places have choices. I would go for BNP and the like to give the main parties a big kick for although BNP will never get into power them having a bit of power panics the main parties.

Don't just not vote though. Thats how the last lot of useless scum got in. Good people standing idle.

 

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