Today, the UK is voting on a series of national and local elections
along with a referendum on whether to adopt the Alternative Vote system. The referendum has caused fierce rows
within the Coalition, with accusations of lies
flying around, including the supposed high cost of an AV system
. Most polls indicate that AV will not be adopted
, spelling yet another potential disaster
for the Liberal Democrats.
UK (ex)MP Phil Woolas has indicated he will seek a judicial review of the decision today to void his election victory of earlier this year. He was found guilty of "knowingly making false statements about [rival candidate] Mr Watkins in campaign literature
". Woolas claims the ruling will "inevitably chill political speech
", whereas the Justices' ruling
found that his Election Literature
breached UK laws.
Following days of uncertainty
not witnessed since 1974
, David Cameron makes a hasty entrance to 10 Downing Street, an hour or so after Gordon Brown
made a surprisingly hasty exit
. [more inside]
The new focus on the Liberal Democrats sees the Daily Telegraph's Cristina Odone profiling Dr Evan Harris.
That's "profiling" in the sense that the FBI might profile a criminal. A criminal the papers are calling Dr Death. [more inside]
Yesterday, the leaders of the three largest political parties in the UK
engaged in a live televised election debate
for the first time in history. Most
that Nick Clegg, the leader of Britain's perennial third party the Liberal Democrats, made the best impression
in yesterday's first of three weekly debates
leading up to the general election on May 6. The progressive-leaning Guardian even goes so far as to claim that he is now prime ministerial material
This being Metafilter you will undoubtedly ask, "how does Cory Doctorow figure into all of this?" Well, he agrees with Nick
on the Digital Economy Act
. Then again, Nick is agreed with
quite a lot
Hurtling as we are
towards an election that will be the most closely contested for a generation, where can we in the UK get a hit of statistical brain-candy? Well, no-one's going to do it quite as well as FiveThirtyEight did it for our transatlantic chums (though they will be posting on the UK
), but try Electoral Calculus
or UK Polling Report
. For information about voting, try About My Vote
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for an election on the 6th of May
. Parliament will be dissolved on April 12th
. [more inside]
Most people assumed the Tories would walk the coming election. But with their poll lead evaporating, what would a Conservative defeat mean for Britain – and David Cameron? What happens if David Cameron loses? [more inside]
The far-right, whites-only British National Party
) has won
two seats (Andrew Brons, Nick Griffin) in the
European Parliament. [more inside]
Highlight of the election coverage:
George Galloway is the leader of Respect
and won a historic and unexpected victory against the Blairite Oona King, on an anti-war ticket. He was then interviewed by Jeremy Paxman, an increasingly controversial interviewer well known for asking questions absurd numbers of times until they get answered - a technique which arguably backfires here. You might want to watch Galloway's acceptance speech
first. [Windows Media. My two cents: Paxman is an egregious cock, more interested in getting his eternally righteous indignation across than any issues.]
Blair wins third term in UK
overcoming public outcry against his handling of the war in Iraq. His Labour party was elected despite attracting votes from only 22% of those eligible to do so.
The Guardian will be blogging the UK election as it happens, and there's already some comments and links to other online discussions. As the UK polls close at 10:00 pm, this means that early results and exit polls will be in late afternoon for US poll-watchers.
I'm amused by today's Editorial in The Sun
. It starts off with how a protest vote against Labour
may mean 'you could be signing a young person's death warrant' due to the Liberal Democrat party's drugs policy
The second half of the newspaper's editorial is a tribute to Anthony Wakefield
... whose death came, of course, as part of the Blair government's war in Iraq... a basic irony that the newspaper has failed to pick up on. [via Bloggerheads
For those who don't know, The Sun - which backs Blair
, though not like this
- is the UK's biggest selling newspaper
and is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
The truth behind the spin?
- three party political broadcasts (.wmv) made by Lee and Dan
, the men behind the VW Suicide Bomber
advert, and commissioned by the UK's Channel 4
In 21 days the UK will be holding a general election
, and people around the country will be voting
for the next government. Can't choose
between the different parties
? Who should you vote for?
"Before, during and after the upcoming [United Kingdom] general election campaign, Channel 4 FactCheck
will provide the most reliable analysis of what the political parties and their leaders are saying. The site will scrutinise interviews, speeches and manifesto pledges - informing public debate by creating a popular resource for an information-hungry electorate." A UK cousin to FactCheck.org
Unfortunately, the Jam Wrestling Party
failed to win a seat in the UK Elections. I think this is a real shame. I mean, can anyone else think of a better use for the Millennium Dome?
Vote early, vote often.
(With apologies for sticking this on the front page.) Using your skill and judgement, predict the winning party in the UK general election, size of the majority, and the number of seats won by the Lib Dems. Closest to the actual result gets a gift subscription to Private Eye
, the fortnightly antidote to British politics and media, or the equivalent value in that international currency: Amazon vouchers. (And if you've emailed me already, there's no need to post a prediction.)