But that is after the voting has been put through the electorial polarisation filter system that is called first-past-the-post. It mangles what people have voted for, filters out all minority views, and spits out binary numbers: zeroes for all the losers and a one for the only winner.
Change or no change?
The popular vote looks different – quite different. According to the Tories and their right-wing press allies we have been suffering under thirteen years of Labour malfunctioning. Admittedly, Labour have made quite some huge mistakes – the war in Iraq, supporting faith schools, supporting quack medicine, the MP expenses scandal which hit them harder than the Tories, and deregulating enough to allow the banks to go mental.
Then the Tories have, admittedly, a leader with much more on-screen charisma than the Labour leader. (OTOH this might work sometimes work against the Tories where people distrust Cameron.)
So, after all that, what does the overall UK popular vote tell us?
Conservatives: 36.1% +3.8
Labour: 29.0% -6.2
LibDems: 23.0% +1.0
That, to me, is mightily mightily unimpressive for the Tories.
Right… or left?
Many people – mostly supporting the ‘winners’, the Tories. Claim that this country wants to see a right-wing government. Let’s have a look at that.
I think it isn’t a big stretch to call both Labour and LibDem left; just different shades of left. If we look at the ‘larger’ parties – I’m Dutch so everything 1% or more is large :p – I roughly count between 40 and 45% right-wing votes (the UKIP and BNP get 5% together and there’s the rest).
However Labour and LibDem alone already have 52% of votes and that’s even without the left-wing SNP and the Greens.
Axe the first-past-the-post system!
This all of course is just my long-winded argument that the UK needs to get rid of that antiquated and undemocratic ‘FPTP’ system. It emphatically does not lead to a parliament that represents what the people have voted for.