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UK Election 2010

Updated on May 10, 2011

A well hung parliament?

A vote for change? Or just another lot of Alans
A vote for change? Or just another lot of Alans

Can you hear us in Westminster?

The people of Britain spoke on the 6th May, but did the politicians listen?  The media said that the people gave a mixed message, by not giving any party a clear majority.  I say the message was clear, the British people have no faith in any one party any more and that they are not represented by the politicians of today. The people were saying that they need to work together to get us out of this recession.  We are fed up with in party fighting and we need the politicians to work for Britain and put personal greed and power to one side. For a moment we held our breath, a full coalition was talked about. But then deals were struck behind closed doors, offering power to greedy politicians, and we are back again to a government that most people didn’t want, or vote for. No one voted for a Conservative, Liberal government.  The media is saying that there was no pattern to the voting and it is difficult to draw a conclusion.  I say look again, the pattern is clear and the politicians again have failed to get the message.

The north /south divide

The patterns in voting

The first thing that strikes anyone that looks at the political map of Britain is the north, south divide.  In Northern Britain the majority of people voted labor or Scottish National, in fact the Scottish people only returned one Conservative MP, yet they are now being ruled, in part by, a parliament they didn’t vote for.  Where is the democracy in that?  Another pattern that seems to be apparent to me is that any MP named and shamed in the expenses scandal, lost. If you don’t know about this scandal it was when MP’s claimed on their expenses such things as duck houses, mortgages that were already paid for and many other items that the MP’s said they needed to do their jobs.  If you want to look at the full list click the link below.  I warn you if you are a British tax payer you will get cross.

Let's just pull names from a hat

Of course you could only see a voting pattern if you could vote to begin with, this fundamental right was denied to thousands of people. In Norfolk, around 50 people, who were turned away from the polling station, staged a sit-in. Police were also called in to a number of other places as voters complained they were unable to vote. This happened in Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and in several parts of London. Why has this happened in a modern country like Britain? Mainly because our voting system was created in the past and has never been updated. When the secret ballot was first introduced in 1872, hardly anyone had the right to vote, so opening polling stations until 10pm was more than enough time for the electorate to exercise their franchise. Now, with shift workers and many people in retailing working late into the evening, the system is fatally flawed and is in chronic need of modernization. Though this was not the only problem, Candidates in Wavertree Liverpool may have missed out on vital votes when four polling stations in the constituency ran out of ballot papers As well as voting in the general election, some people were also voting for local counselors. Local election counts began at 9am, and the initial result for Avonmouth Bristol, showed a Tory win by a margin of 10 votes. However, a box of misplaced votes were suddenly discovered, which put a new light on matters. A recount brought the number of votes between the two leading candidates to a tie – 1,878 a piece. This forced a further recount by the council's returning officer, who sent the dozen volunteer counters to another room to have another crack at it. But by 2pm the counters had come back with the same result, so council officers began a search of the building for a dozen fresh volunteers for a further recount. By 4.30pm the new counters returned their result, this time with one vote different, although it was for a minor candidate that did not affect the overall result and was later accounted for. After four recounts and nearly eight hours the returning officer, told both candidates he did not think a further recount was reasonable. He gave the two candidates the option for a fifth re-count, but they declined and agreed to draw names out of a hat. So they wrote their names on folded pieces of paper and placed them into a black voting box. The returning officer then drew the winner from the box in front of around 40 people.

Monty python

Is it a laughing matter?

Where is all this leading to?

We have a coalition government, the first since the war, and let’s face it, this economic crisis could bring down a country as sure as if it was a war.  However, unlike the war this is a coalition between the largest party and the third place party, a very unequal partnership and already it feels as if one side is perhaps being bullied by the other. The next year will see the global markets very volatile and our coalition will have to make some very unpopular decisions. Promising a higher tax threshold to the poor, and tax cuts to the rich, as usual it is us in the middle that get nothing. A minister in the new government said, ‘it is time for the British people to roll up their sleeves and get to work.’ Well I don’t know what he’s being doing, but the rest of us have been working as hard as we can all the time. It seems to me that the out going government passed the poison challis of power to two very power hungry parties.  If they get this wrong, it will be a long time before the electorate feels confident to vote for either again. Already a lot of people who voted Liberal democrat are regretting their choice, as many did it to keep out the Conservatives: Especially in seats where they were the main rivals. Only last week when David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, was asked,”did he know any jokes?’ He answered “Yes, Nick Clegg:’ the man who now he is heralding as his new deputy Prime Minister. With rising unemployment, high debts, high crime rates, a depressed housing market, low standards in our schools and health services and now, a disillusioned electorate thrown into the mix, I feel there is big trouble ahead.

Some help for our new MP's


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      jandee 7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      What can I say! We certainly should have had another vote in the affected areas,thanks for a very,very good hub,jandee

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks D A L for commenting, I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling that The Con, Lib dem pact is not working.

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      jayjay, brilliant hub, I too feel as you do in your reply to 2uesday. God help us!

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      jayjay40 7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks 2uesday for the comment, you echo my concerns. Only 3 weeks in and already a high flying minister has been caught stealing 40 thousand pounds from the tax payer, BA on strike and rising unemployment. Only 4 years 11 months and one week left of this government, I hate to think what they will have done by then!!!

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      I voted - your hub up :) at least sometimes voting works the way you want it to - well I hope it does.

      I could hardly believe the name out of a hat when I heard it on the radio. The saying is truth is stranger than fiction and that seems to apply to politics - unless of course we class politics as fiction which is a possibility.

      When I heard about the note from the man leaving the treasury I thought that was a joke - sadly it was not.

      A good hub jayjay thank you- I am trying not to think and worry about it all but it is hard to ignore when it is our future in their hands.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Amanda for the comment, like you said it is going to be an interesting time, I only hope for the right reasons

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      Jayjay, I was glad to see Gordon pack his bags. It was long overdue. I take your point about the Tories being under-represented in Scotland, but that's definitely not the case for the Liberals, so between them there is a broad brush coverage of the nation as a whole.

      As to the north-south, rich-poor divide, there may be some truth in this with regard to Tory/Labour support, but for the average man on an average wage there is very little financial benefit in living in the South. Our property prices are for the most part considerably higher than in the North, and there is also a noticeable variation in the cost of living.

      I don't know how the coalition will work out. It's not what I voted for either, but I'm hoping for the best. There are some decent and intelligent politicians in key posts now, and we should give them a little time and space to stand or fall in. I think it will be interesting to look back in a few years time, and to see what the outcome eventually was.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment Amber, and for making me laugh.

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      Amber Allen 8 years ago

      Hi JJ

      Everytime I see Cameron and Clegg together they seem to look more and more like each other and I'm reminded of the twins from Alice in Wonderland!!


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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes I think we are in for a bumpy ride. As you say the North, South and Rich, Poor divide is as great as ever.

      It is a scandal that so many people around the country were denied their vote. I heard today that trouble is brewing regarding the high fee paid to many of the Returning Officers as it is part of their job for which they have already been paid.

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      wrenfrost56 8 years ago from U.K.

      Great hub jayjay, as a nation we are indeed condemned. Will the coalition last? In my opinion, probably not. Do the polititions listen, no. Thanks for this informative perspective. :)

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      This is definately an alternative view and factual. I would be delighted in putting my personal feelings aside and provide a reciprocol link to this hub. We must do this for the benefit of the people for which we both serve! Our coalition has been unified:)

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      reddog1027 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      A great look into British politics. But just so you don't feel alone, politicians here don't really listen either.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      The trouble is they are all policticians and only a certain type of person would want to be one. Thats why I don't see this pact working for long as the egos and the tribal mentality will soon rise to the surface. Thanks Sue for commenting

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      Juliette Kando FI Chor 8 years ago from Andalusia

      Pitty about that viper Cameron ever having set his black polished shoes into politics. However, British humour, good manners and compassion for the rest of the world give me some hope for the future.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      I so agree Hello hello, the voting should have been done again in the places where people couldn't vote. In fact I would have thought it was illegal to give a result based on these circumstances. Thanks for commenting

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Lynda for commenting, the world does seem to be suffering from the same old problems.

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks world traveler and like you I hope this new governnment can sort the problems out

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks, thevoice, for the comment and reading this hub. Your oppinion is always worth reading

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very down to earth hub with very positive facts. I personally think there should been a repeated voting in the places where it was messed up. I am sure there would have been a different outcome which makes me think and wonder whether it wasn't done on purpose.

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Strange: no matter where you roam, it's same old, same old, everywhere. Lynda

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      World-Traveler 8 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your informative writing involving British politics. I hope that all problems are resolved for the good of the people.

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      five star hub read write thanks