Signs of an election

(C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved There is virtually nothing left to say about this election in which nothing has really been said about any of the actually important issues that the country faces.  Chief amongst those issues is how we should vote to run a country when the leading party can now just about squeak to 34% of the 65% who vote.  Gone are the days when between them Labour and the Conservatives would hoover up around 90% of the vote and nobody really objected that that gave them nearly 100% of the seats in the House.  Now we have Liberal Democrats, Greens, Ukip and nationalists and our constituency-based first-past-the-post system looks more and more antiquated.  But let’s have no talk about that – let’s instead shout about legitimacy and other playground insults. (C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved We are still a country in debt.  Still a country entirely dependent on the fiction of financial transactions for wealth.  We still don’t really have a manufacturing base and our energy, food and other import needs would make many other countries wince.  Housing policy is a madness.  Transport policy a farce.  We have great researchers, scientists, academics, businessmen and genuine hard-working, decent folk.  We even tolerate moronic libertarians who would wreck the NHS to prove some bizarre point about how medicine is best left to profit-driven corporations.  We are reluctant Europeans but Europeans we most definitely are.  We’re also British but needing to work out how to balance that with the demands of also being English, Scottish, Welsh and (Northern) Irish. And yet when any issue threatened to be discussed the politicians ducked it and the media went back to tweeting about whether Ed had the right character.  The high points of the campaign were Russell Brand bouncing like a fool and a schoolgirl unable to cope with reading next to the Prime Minister.  God help us. (C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved I live in a marginal.  Currently, it’s a Tory seat but in 1997 Labour swept past the Liberal Democrats who had previously lain second and they held it until 2010.  Amber Rudd is, by most accounts, a decent constituency MP but Hastings is now an overwhelmingly Labour town and the feeling is that there just isn’t enough Tory support in ‘and Rye’ to keep the seat blue.  Who knows though?  Unlike in most seats, a vote here will make a difference and any kind of swing on polling day could hand victory to either Rudd or her rival, Sarah Owen who has, in defiance of the national drive for dullness, led a decent local-based campaign.  Hastings & Rye is lucky not just to have a vote that matters but to also have two candidates worthy of a vote. (C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved I went for a walk today round fy milltir sgwar and took a few snaps of those election placards that from the early hours on Friday will either look happy in victory or forlorn in defeat.  Whether whoever wins the seat will be on the side that forms the next Government is highly likely take a lot longer than Friday morning to determine.  And sorting all those other issues out? A lot longer still.(C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved Good luck to our next MP.(C) Jon Smalldon 2015 - All rights reserved   You’re going to need it.

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