Tag Archive for GE2015

The unfairness of the election result

There is a widely shared belief that the result of the general election was unfair, the clearest example of this unfairness being the contrasting fortunes of the UK Independence Party and the Scottish National Party. UKIP with their almost 4 million votes ended up with just one MP, while the SNP got around half that…

UKIP useful, LibDems not so much

After leaving the election all-nighter at 11 I was struggling to pick up, from fragments of news, what the sentiment was that lead to the unexpected Tory victory. Was is the sleeping lion of English nationalism rising against the SNP? Was it the thought of a left-wing coalition’s profligate spending?   This BBC chart clarifies…

Liberty’s Locales

To accompany Jordan Lee’s fascinating findings on potential libertarian battlegrounds, I thought I would bring you this nicely sharable summary of the best and worst places to try your hand as a libertarian. Constituencies have been ranked based on the basis of the “Euclidean distance” between the constituency and a theoretically perfect libertarian profile giving equal…

Celebrities: Democracy’s most persecuted minority

Of all the minority groups in our country today, none suffer the same level of prejudice as celebrities. If any other group were treated as badly as celebrities currently are, there would be outrage.  And how these gentle souls are victimised in our society is indeed outrageous. They are mocked and abused. They are subject…

How have spoilt ballots been interpreted before?

After stating my intent to spoil the ballot I got push back from various anarchists. Some said my amusing message would not be read, this is obviously true and not the point – the point is to change the election statistics. Others stated that an elevated spoiled vote count would be interpreted as a desire to do…

Smarties, fat tails and British politics

Does anyone you know passionately support any of the contenders in the UK general election? My own anecdotal impression is that there are strong views about who people don’t like and that the preferred candidate or party is only as a result of hating the other choices more. As to the policies, there is tinkering around…

Activists defame UKIP at London train station

This leaflet was being handed out at London Bridge station this evening by a team of activists from Stand Up To UKIP. The tagline reads “UKIP is a racist far-right party that loves the rich”. It’s content is clearly defamatory and it’s truth will no doubt be disputed. Stand Up to UKIP describe themselves as…

Listen, minarchist! Why you might not want to spoil your ballot

A vote for “none of the above” is a request for “someone else above”. The politician’s response is to try and be that “someone”. Here we come face-to-face with the problem of democracy: politicians must “do something” to attract votes. An increase in votes for a party famous for offering to “shrink the size of…

How I will be voting

The previous UK election was an EU election. It would have been inconsistent with my desire for a responsible media and a small state to vote other than against the media and against the EU. Let’s be clear about what a UKIP vote was at the previous election: it was a vote against the existence…

Your Guide to General Election 2015

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