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Sober thoughts.

This is disgusting. It's half past one on Sunday morning and I'm sober enough to drive (but not drunk enough to steal a car, so I won't).

I have so much work I'm having to find more and more inventive ways to avoid doing it. None help, it just keeps popping back up on the screen and I'll be in the lab tomorrow again doing even more of it. The silver lining is, of course, that I only get paid when I have work to do and this is Christmas booze cash I'm earning now. After the taxman gets his grubby paws out and I see what's left. Total income for this year is going to be well down on last year and expenses are up. I'd be upset, but hell, it means I'm handing less over to the Labour party for general wastage and that is one seriously cheering thought. Whether I put much effort into boosting business in the next tax year depends on what the Cameroids do, because it looks certain those idiots will take over from the current idiots even though they are doing their best to wreck their chances.

I thought, in sober fashion, of Glasgow North East, because I bet there's nobody sober there right now. Nobody working either, apart from bar staff and nightclub bouncers.

Labour won the by-election. I admit I am disappointed but not surprised. They crow as if it's a great victory but all they did was hold on to what is probably the safest Labour seat in Scotland with a reduced majority. Around 30% of voters bothered to vote. Labour's share was 58% of 30%. Roughly 17% of the people of Glasgow North east actually wanted them in power. Yet they call it a great victory.

The BNP were only a few votes shy of 5% of the vote. In Scotland! Where the BNP is widely seen as an English party and usually struggle around the 2% mark. They were beaten, just, by a doubled Tory vote. Doubled. In Scotland and more particularly in Glasgow North East where they eat Tories deep-fried with chips. The Tories were never going to win there. Neither were the BNP. The extent to which they increased their vote size would alarm any sensible Labourite, but no. They won and that's all they care about. The will of 17% of the people trumps the other 83% and you know what? It's their own fault. Seventy percent of the voters of Glasgow North East could not be bothered to spend a few minutes deciding their own future. Because of that, the 83% who did not vote Labour are now subject to Labour rule.

Labour claim it is a disaster for the SNP. If only. I didn't want them to win either but it was a straight Labour/SNP fight for the top spot and the SNP are slightly less deranged. The SNP failed to take an extremely safe seat from Labour. Well, whoop de diddly do. A failure, yes, but a disaster? A disaster is when you lose a safe seat, not when you fail to take someone else's. Labour will find out what that means when the English start voting because those are the people Labour have dumped on hardest. Their effect is less obvious here because Labour are not fully in charge. The SNP, well, campaigning in Glasgow on a 'we hate smokers and boozers even more than Labour' ticket? In retrospect, not the best move they could have made.

Glasgow North East was won on indolence. Seventy percent of them could not get off their backsides to vote. If that attitude continues we can look forward to another five years of exactly the same thing because we'll get Tory or Labour or Lib Dem next year and I don't think it will make one fleck of a lactose-intolerant's milky diarrhoea of difference to the country. If those three are not ousted we won't even have a country. We will be the EU's Airstrip One. This next election might be the last chance we get to decide our future by peaceful means.

Get the votes in. Get those idiots out. You're only fighting against 17% who are in favour of the current band of morons and that's in a very safe seat indeed. It'll be easy.

If people vote.
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15th Nov, 2009 09:42 (UTC)
"Around 30% of voters bothered to vote. Labour's share was 58% of 30%. Roughly 17% of the people of Glasgow North east actually wanted them in power. Yet they call it a great victory."

I thought the quote highlighted by Tim Worstall summed it up quite nicely...

JuliaM (http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.com/)
15th Nov, 2009 22:53 (UTC)
When I heard Labour had been voted in, I did wonder 'What are these people on?'

That would explain it.
15th Nov, 2009 09:42 (UTC)
"and the SNP are slightly less deranged."

I never thought I'd see the day that could be said.

Brian, follower of Deornoth
15th Nov, 2009 22:51 (UTC)
Around a million people in this country think the BNP are less deranged than Labour.

There's a rising number who think the Monster Raving Loonies present a far saner alternative!

The only ones who can't see it are... Labour.
15th Nov, 2009 15:04 (UTC)
We need to mobilise the junky vote..

15th Nov, 2009 22:52 (UTC)
Yes, but we need to teach them how to spell 'X' first.

Besides, as JuliaM's link above suggests, Labour might have beaten us to it.
15th Nov, 2009 15:59 (UTC)
I've blogged on this before.


I really would like that 83% to get behind their local independant candidate and wipe party politics from the map.

As for the last chance for peace, I agree:


15th Nov, 2009 23:02 (UTC)
I'm glad it's not just me.

There must be a way to get to those non-voters and show them just how much power they have.
16th Nov, 2009 00:03 (UTC)
I said as much back in August in my "Decision Time" blog, but it's a hard task to convince people they have the power to change things. But they do have power, especially if they pick a local independant as a "non-of-the-above" candidate. In an age where people go to the dangerous extreme of voting BNP just to protest against the status quo, why can't they grasp that getting organised and backing an independant is the way to go?

Maybe I should set up a website nearer election time, that randomly selects an independant from each ward and advises the majority to vote for them . At least the "non-of-the-above" vote would then be unified. Shame www.nonoftheabove.com has already been snapped up, although its a domain name parking site.

16th Nov, 2009 01:23 (UTC)
The trouble with independents is that they cannot be organised. They're independent. If they organise, they become the 'independent party' which sort of misses the point.

Although paradoxically, it would increase their vote share because then they'd be 'a party' and people understand that. Jury team and the Libertarians are along that sort of line, I think, and it's hard enough to get people to grasp their new brand of politics even within the party structure.

I'm afraid the only way will be to lie to people. Tell them it's a normal party and don't tell them it's made up of independent minds.

I'm sure they wouldn't mind being lied to. They never have before.
17th Nov, 2009 18:35 (UTC)
It doesn't need to be a lie: its doesn't need to be a party.

All people need is to feel part of a group, no matter how losely or closely affilliated that group is. Look at facebook: thousands of people mong out in front of the computer logged into the stupidly invasive site just so they can appear to be part of a group of friends, or a group cause or whatever.

Humans are a social animal and their comfort zone is in groups. Thats why a skinny tennager wouldn't say boo to you on their own, but get them in a group and they kick you to death.

17th Nov, 2009 20:52 (UTC)
It might also be why blogs and networking sites are on the list of Things to Control.

They don't like it if we form non-approved groups.
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