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Views on office and UK politics

I hate how the developments in UK politics over the last 24 hours are wreaking havoc with my viewing habits. No EastEnders yesterday, and no Homes Under The Hammer this morning. Instead I was treated to an unchanging view of David Cameron's front door for an hour. Then my expat friend Allan rang to rage against Nick Clegg, "the betrayer", and how as a life-long Labour supporter he was now sure that Britain was "going to suffer" under an "Etonian PM" who is "clueless" and that the British public would never vote in favour of PR in an eventual referendum because Rupert Murdoch ("he's an Australian, you know") and The Sun would never let them; until I pointed out to him that he had no grounds for complaint since he'd thought it too much of a hassle to register to vote this time. Besides, a week or two ago, he said that if he had made sure he could, he would have voted LibDem this time, specifically because living in Europe had made him aware of the advantages of fixed term parliaments and PR, so what was his gripe exactly? After which he accused me of being a closet Conservative and put the phone down on me.

I am no closet Conservative. My political views, in The Netherlands and in Europe, swing to the left, and always have done. But I do think that now the Tories and the LibDems have got into bed together, they should be given a fair chance to make the experiment work. Coalition government is all about compromise, but as soon as either party thinks its being asked to go a compromise too far, it can break up the partnership and the country can go back to the ballot box and elect a new parliament, so why should the prevailing view of it in the UK be so negative? As inhabitant of a country where multi-party coalition government is the norm, I really can't see what all the fuss is about, to be honest.

I got a call from the CAD Business Controller last night, telling me how the CEO and the COO are still angry about The Biatch's actions in refusing me a permanent position. Well, if that's true, then why won't they do anything about it, I wonder? At the end of the conversation, I realised that I really couldn't care less anymore.


May. 12th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
I love preference voting because it means that if my first choice guy doesn't get in, I can specify who my second choice guy is and my vote goes to him.

That's a wonderful idea! I wish we had that option, the second choice if the first one fails to get in, as well...but at present we can only tick the box behind one of the hundreds of names on the ballot paper.

We're going to the polls next month, but I haven't made up my mind yet as to who or even what party (there's about 30 to choose from) to give my vote to. Whatever the outcome, I doubt we'll have a coalition formed as quickly as the Brits have; it usually takes about 6 weeks before inter-party negotiations are concluded and the Queen gets to confirm her new Cabinet members in their posts.

A few years ago, we too were given the chance to cast our votes at any polling station on presentation of our polling card and ID, and I think it has helped up voter turn-out; which had slumped after compulsory voting was scrapped in the 70s. Luckily, we don't have to register; if you're 18 or over and entitled, you automatically get 'called up' to vote, though it's up to you whether or not to make the effort to get to the polling station on the appointed day.