bookmark_borderCould this happen here?


Ophængning af valgplakater
Originally uploaded by Manu Sareen

Imagine this: It’s election day on a dark, cold, windy day in November. The polling stations are only open from 9am to 8pm, yet 87% of voters cast their vote. A woman in labour gets the ambulance to stop at the polling station so that she can vote before giving birth. Afterwards, the votes are counted, and the final results are announced around three hours after the election ended. Naturally, from 8pm to midnight the election completely dominates the programming on all the main TV channels.

This is not a fantasy of mine, this is what actually happened in Denmark yesterday.

Why aren’t elections like that in Scotland? Is it because people got disillusioned during the Thatcher years? Is it because the electoral system for Westminster leads to many wasted votes and unattractive political parties? Or is it just a cultural difference?

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movement
Originally uploaded by tommy ellis

Selv om mange partier er gået frem og tilbage ved Folketingsvalget i går, synes jeg, det er slående, som der ingen bevægelse har været mellem blokkene.

Ganske kort kan valget opsummeres således: SF gik 12 mandater frem – 2 fra Enhedslisten, 2 fra Socialdemokraterne og 8 fra Det radikale Venstre; Venstre mistede 6 mandater – 5 til Ny Alliance og 1 til Dansk Folkeparti.

Jeg véd godt, at der naturligvis har været mange flere bevægelser (fx har DrV sikkert mistet vælgere til NA, men fået nye fra Socialdemokraterne), men nettoresultatet er det ovenstående.

Personligt havde jeg meget gerne set, at der havde været et VKYR-flertal, så Fogh kunne have haft et alternativ til VKO(Y), men sådan skulle det ikke blive. VKFR har vel stadigvæk flertal, men det er jo ikke den mest anvendelige flertalskombination. Forhåbentlig vil nogle af de nye SF-vælgere snart indse, at de ville have fået mere valuta for penge ved at stemme radikalt.