reply to post by Bunken Drum
Were you up early or very late Bunken? One minute there was old news on this thread then your posts appeared! ;-)
You are of course absolutely right in your post that I reference and you make clear the point that many people do not 'get' our current voting
system. As you indicate, people (perhaps unknowingly) only vote for a prospective MP and it is by majority party affiliation or inter-party
that a government is may be formed with some expectation of long-term success at promoting their own agenda.
The '2 party' system is something of a misnomer and our recent election has been a perfect example of this, although only by national infiltration
at a constituency seat level can a party make a break through to hold real power in a government.
I think that the recent election result has been the best thing for democracy in decades, at least in a notional sense.
'Bring it on' I say. BTW, I'm exactly the same age and experienced the Thatcher years the same - I was one of the 3 million! I saw the poll tax
riots - I still call the council tax the 'poll' tax because it is so natural to do so - and the devastation of the Thatcher crusade against the
That said, I also sat entranced before the TV as the SAS stormed the Iranian Embassy and saw the Falklands war unfold before the nation's eyes.
The Thatcher years were rough on the country in many respects, but to compare that era with the final denouement of the 'nineties & noughties' is to
compare two different things. The economy was a different beast entirely and the beginning of the social changes that enabled the end that we see now
is a different thing.
All of our major 'infrastructure' entities, such as the NHS, are radically different from 20+ years ago but that does not mean that they are more
successful in the context of how they 'should' or 'could' be right now
and this is where the issues firmly remain at the start of this new
era of political leadership.
For me, this election has produced a result that has the same whiff of 'change' as when Blair first came to power. I for one feel uplifted by the
result, this is something to really build upon and I have that good feeling about the future of the UK that is not tangible but simply an aspect of
Times are going to be rough, no doubt, we're headed in the right direction in stormy seas rather than floundering near to the rocks. I think its
gonna be good!