Friday, 13 November 2009

Glasgow North East

My parents were born and reared in Motherwell so I had a pretty good grounding in Socialist dogma which thanks to the appalling social conditions endured in Central Scotland in the nineteen thirties spawned the most entrenched and blinkered communities in the UK.

Not to vote Labour in these communities is almost comparable to heresay so it was no surprise to hear that NoLab had held the Glasgow North East seat by a considerable margin. You see it will never dawn on the average impoverished Glaswegian that his NoLab politicians are feasting on their public money down in London whilst ensuring that their children are devoid of education and aspiration.

Well I believed that until I read that only 33% of the electorate had bothered to vote! It meant in effect that 82% of the same consituency did NOT vote Labour. What a way to win a seat in the House of Westmonster and what an indictment on our democratic system. This shower of nonentities who have given away their country on a plate to foreigners have just switched the country off politics entirely. That of course could be very good for Gordon Brown.

Just think folks if you do not vote at the next election you might just be lucky enough to get yet another dose of Gordon and his crowd of talentless but moronically dangerous political idealists. Just a thought...

1 comment:

bewick said...

take heart Bryboy.
My parents (both now dead) were raised in Labour supporting heartlands.
THEY had very good reason to support the (old) Labour Party given that they, like me, were raised in poverty and Labour gave the means to escape that.

I personally benefitted from Labour largesse in the Education field in the 50s and 60s. All gone now though. You need to be rich and middle class to afford good education these days.
I probably wouldn't have made it today - although I'd like to think I still would.

And of course the political landscape changed particularly after 1997 with the birth of "new" Labour.

I rarely discussed politics with my parents but I started to do that at that time. Dad was actually largely apolitical but Mam wouldn't hear a word against Labour even though she herself was experiencing some of the privations and disadvantages they brought
She could also see for herself the disintegration of the society she once knew. nothing though could remove from her mind, and she was very clever, that the Labour Party had improved her life all those years ago.

Of course she was not alone and many of her generation would never think of voting other than Labour whatever happened.

And there's the rub for Labour. That generation is rapidly disappearing along with the votes. Might that, just, be why Labour has welcomed all-comers? (unless of course they are Ozzies, Kiwis,Canadians,Americans, white Zimbabweans or South africans).

Bring on the election.

Interestingly when I moved to the North East Newcastle City Council was a Tory Council. In 1974 it became a Labour Council as a result of Local Government Reorganisation and Boundary changes.
Now it is run by the LibDems! Change CAN happen even in Labour heartlands.

Personally I think that, as in Oz, voting should be a legal obligation.

I also happen to believe (as a graduate of, inter alia, comparative Government) that Brown's proposal of the Single Transferrable Vote is the right way to go to restore SOME democracy.
WOW I agree with Brown on something at least.
I also think that Postal Votes must be abandoned since they are so subject to fraud. Some exceptions to that of course. Should I happen to be working away for a year (in the UK as well as elsewhere) then I still expect to be able to register my vote.
It most certainly should not be allowed to enable the appropriation of votes.

Phew got that off my chest (for now)
regards Bewick