Seema Malhotra may be a very nice young lady. She has just won the Feltham and Heston By Election so she is our latest MP and she represents the Labour Party. I cannot understand how over 12000 people could cast a vote for a party which, led by someone like Ed Miliband, spent 13 years trying to destroy this country.
I suspect that many who cast their vote for Ms Malhotra probably were not born in this country because for some unknown reason they do seem to favour the Labour party. That however is not my beef as it was bound to happen sooner or later.
My cause for concern is the low turnout. The Political Class has managed to alienate a vast swathe of the population to such an extent that far less than one third of the electorate bothered to vote. Of those that did vote about 50% voted for Ms Malhotra which means that at best 15% of the constituents cast a vote for her.
This is ridiculous! Are we really at the stage where an MP can be elected by 15% of the constituency? The major political parties have switched the public off. They monopolise elections because it costs so much to campaign for parliament. Only the big battalions can cover the ground necessary to influence opinion. The thinking public have realised that it matters not a jot where they cast their votes because we just get more of the same.
How low will the turnout have to get before someone says 'this is not democracy'? Do we need compulsory voting? Wherever the answer lies it is clear that this turnout is a national humiliation for the politicians.