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This shows the combined voting share of Labour/Conservatives, in the general elections and European elections since 1979 (when direct European elections started). Blue is general, Red is Europeans.

There is a notable tend, in that while the Lab/Con share for European elections starts higher than generals, it ends up much lower. For European elections from 1979-1994, large single-member constituencies were used, making the system even less proportional than the system used for general elections.

There's a consistent downward trend for the European elections, but it starts seriously dipping below the general election figures in 1999, the first time PR is introduced. The next time round in the Europeans the combined vote share of Labour and Conservative drops below 50%, and falls even further in 2009. Doesn't it look like voter behaviour is aware of the electoral system and changes accordingly (if with a little lag)? Yet the media appears to treat these vote shares as comparable.
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I see the lizards got in again. A shame.
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I always like to cite my sources. So when this happened

Stephen Pound: [talking about why PFI seemed like a good idea] Jubilee Line Extension was on time and on budget -

[livejournal.com profile] abigailb [interrupting]: NO IT WASN'T. IT WAS A YEAR LATE! CHECK HANSARD!

I feel the need to reference my heckle further.

So, the links are: here, where Baroness Hayman reports that "London Transport is planning to open the line in September 1998". A BBC news story from November 1999, reports "Jubilee Line finally opens". Westminster station was not to open until later, in December.
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So, was the ceremony before the State Opening different today? Perhaps Black Rod should have just knocked on the door once and then be let in without question?
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the underground was being philosophical today. it said "The next station is." this is rather reassuring: imagine if the next station wasn't!

also: congratulations to americaland for ejecting the wrong lizards.
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so it appears i will be having some form of flatcooling party saturday week afternoon/evening, before going to intelekt! which has been kindly moved to a saturday! (thanks guys ;)

i was half-heartedly protesting against things on Whitehall/Westminster Bridge earlier this evening. things I protested against included: Tony Blair, the war, etc, cheese, roadworks, Big Ben (in fact i denounced all clocks as evil), and also the very bridge itself, which i claimed was stopping people from learning to swim. i appear not to have been arrested yet, although in fairness if i was going to get arrested for anything it was more likely to be for drunk & disorderly... ;)
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surely the best bit about this BNP newspapers being seized by police story is the revelation that their newspaper is printed in Slovakia. hahaha.
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Rehnquist dies. So, Bush gets his 2nd Supreme Court appointment.
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US troops ordered to leave London

Well, it's a start. Hopefully they'll leave the entire country next...
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I think I jinxed it. Oops. Sorry.

(link fixed now)
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The US Supreme Court has ruled against the display of the Ten Commandments inside two Kentucky courtrooms.

Hurrah. Now, let's just hope that Rehnquist doesn't pop his clogs until February 2009.
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apparently, in a staggering display of missing the point, the new Minister for Women and Equality is working unpaid.

i mean, blergh??? they have an excuse (the number of paid ministerial positions is limited by law) but it doesn't sound like a very good one. you only need so many damn minister of state for paperclips at the department of administrative affairs, and this, whilst not exactly a high-profile position, is actually a position with wide-ranging responsibility, and not really subordinate to any one department.
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so, the lizards got in (but with a reduced majority), and the wrong lizards did moderately well. meanwhile, the lib dems appear to have held their ground in most of the 1997 crop of gains, losing a few seats to the wrong lizards, but taking some other seats from them; and making quite a bit of the progress against the first lizards.


May. 5th, 2005 08:24 pm
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"On its world", said Ford, "the people are people. The lizards are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd", said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did", said Ford. "It is."

"So", said Arthur, hoping he wasn’t sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don’t people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn’t occur to them", said Ford. "They’ve all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they’ve voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes", said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But", said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn’t vote for a lizard", said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"

[Excerpt from So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, by Douglas Adams.]

[ update in april 2006. so. whee. several days later the radio version of this was broadcast. they got rid of the lizards. :( however it got added back in the cd! with some added bits regarding reality tv. ]
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Voted (in Rutland and Melton, which is a safe seat for Alan Duncan of the Conservative Party). Based on my if-posters-could-vote theory from before, Lib Dems are going to retain Leicester South. Have seen exactly 1 tory poster in the entire city (on the back of a signpost!) RESPECT are being litter-causing and noisy.

Looked at a studio-flat today. Didn't fancy, too small. That letting company had another possible property available though, that I'll be looking at on Monday.
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There is an opinion poll in today's NME, of NME readers. It has the figures :

Lib Dems - 37%

Labour - 26%

Tories - 17%

Other - 9%

Undecided - 13%

If I plug these numbers into the BBC's handy thingy, we discover that this would result in a Liberal Democrat majority of 194 (with Labour having 196 seats, and the Tories none).
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Shirley Williams and Denis Healey were on the radio this morning, arguing about tax. Denis accused Shirley of wanting to tax the rich until their pips squeak. I was amused.
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strangely down today.

got annoyed by a UKIP guy i think on the radio just now, who tried to reconcile their supposed "zero tolerance" approach to crime, with their endorsement of speeding, by claiming that they only meant zero tolerance for "serious crimes". obviously this man has no idea what zero tolerance was supposed to mean. Yet another term becoming devalued.
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but can we have Mr Blunkett back please?


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