Final UK Election - Open Thread

Polls open shortly in the final UK Parliamentary election.

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Zelenskyy will be shocked when PM Starmer diverts the Challenger IIs from Ukraine to Hezbollah.

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Zelensky choice of clothing is disqualifying

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HMS Queen Elizabeth will be renamed Karl Marx. But there will be one hell of a fight over what to rename HMS Prince of Wales.

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I went back and reviewed the tax plan of Liz Truss from September 2022.

Why would tax cuts create market turmoil that required an intervention by the Bank of England? So called experts were saying tax cuts would exacerbate inflation. Cutting taxes exacerbated inflation when and where?

The sequence of events didn’t make sense to me at the time and in hindsight. Coordinated sabotage targeting Truss?

Edit: I forgot to mention my favourite criticism of her tax plan was the cuts were “unfunded”.

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“Not one vote for tory scum”
Zero seats!

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An observation on what passes for “democracy” these days.

The Labour Party got an overwhelming majority in the House of Commons, thanks to the “first past the post” voting system in a multi-party state. But how did the people vote?

By far the largest share of the “vote” belonged to those who chose not to vote at all – about 40% of the UK citizens. Of the ~60% who turned out (historically, a low percentage), about 35% voted for the winning Labour Party. Thus roughly 1 citizen in 5 actually supported the victorious Labour Party – which now has carte blanche to do whatever it wants, regardless of what it may have promised its minority of voters. And this is “democracy”?

As an aside, Mark Steyn sees a much bleaker future for the United Kingdom:
What the “Conservatives” Have Wrought :: SteynOnline

So we are seeing the emergence of an explicitly Islamic domestic politics with members elected on explicitly Islamic tickets. … I would account the rise of a separate Islamic political force that no longer needs to work within the established parties as the most significant development of last night - and not in a good way: this is Britain’s future.

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Shorter UK Election: “We are holding our noses voting you in because the Tories have to be taught a lesson.”

Fairly normal for a Westminster based system.

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The Honourable Member for the 18th Century, interviewed late in the count. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCMDpHTI4GY

Also: Nigel Farage (Reform) won his seat!

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The brown subjects of the queen are most grateful for his efforts:

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Let’s step back and look at the situation from the perspective of the 400+ Labour Member of Parliament elected under the UK’s strange version of “democracy”.

They all know that only about 1 citizen in 5 voted for Labour, even though that gave them a massive over-representation of seats. Most of those 400+ know that the public is not committed to Labour; consequently, there is a significant probability they will lose their seat in the next election – which in the UK’s strange version of “democracy” can be called anytime. What will those MPs do?

  1. Do the “representative democracy” thing and use their time in office (however short) to stuff their own pockets at the citizens’ expense?

  2. Pursue inside the bubble politicking to get transferred to a safer seat for the next election, so they can continue “representative democracy”?

  3. Really engage with their local constituents and win their support by acting independently and vocally pursuing what the people want regardless of what the Labour Party leadership wants?

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It is sad when one has to go to AlJazeera for reporting.
Report shows lowest turnout in UK general election since universal suffrage | Elections News | Al Jazeera

Just over 50 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the United Kingdom’s general election, making it the lowest turnout since universal suffrage began in 1928, according to a new report. …

… The report said governments “cater” to the needs of the older and wealthier citizens better than “young, poor and minority ethnic communities”. “This is one way to make sense of policy puzzles in the heart of our democracy. Why have we allowed housing to become so unaffordable? Why have we tolerated income and wealth inequality to rise and remain high? Why have we protected pensions but not social security for working people?” the report said.

“Democracy” – it is worth dying for. Or at least it is worth other people dying for it.

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Unaffordable housing causes homelessness!

Lot of people believe the above statement.

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This was their big mistake, Over the next century, they reaped the whirlwind.

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