Tales From the Bitface (Posts about election 2010)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:58:01 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssElection Tweets ‘n’ Stuffhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/05/05/election-tweets-n-stuff/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>Thirteen years ago we had champagne ready for the overall majority (though we opened it when Portillo’s seat went). This year might look more like what Warren Ellis says:</p> <!— http://twitter.com/warrenellis/status/13444191552 —> <p></p><div class=”bbpBox” style=’background:url(“http://s.twimg.com/a/1272919576/images/themes/theme1/bg.png”) #ACDED6;padding:20px;’><p class=”bbpTweet” style=”background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px;”>Shopping list for watching the election tomorrow night: beer, nuts, whisky, methadone, humane cow-killing bolt gun<span class=”timestamp” style=”font-size:12px;display:block;”><a title=”Wed May 05 19:52:55 ” href=”http://twitter.com/warrenellis/status/13444191552”>Wed May 05 19:52:55 </a> via web</span><span class=”metadata” style=”display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6;”><span class=”author” style=”line-height:19px;”><a href=”http://twitter.com/warrenellis”><img src=”http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/23000572/sgsig_normal.jpg” style=”float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px;”></a><strong><a href=”http://twitter.com/warrenellis”>Warren Ellis</a></strong><br>warrenellis</span></span></p></div> <!— end of tweet —> <p>More sensibly, my friend Stuart says:</p> <!— http://twitter.com/soapyfrogs/status/13443027628 —> <p></p><div class=”bbpBox” style=’background:url(“http://s.twimg.com/a/1272578449/images/themes/theme1/bg.png”) #ACDED6;padding:20px;’><p class=”bbpTweet” style=”background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px;”>I’m not voting for them but if Labour lose, its supporters should take heart from the fact that the UK is better than it was in 97 #ge10<span class=”timestamp” style=”font-size:12px;display:block;”><a title=”Wed May 05 19:24:56 ” href=”http://twitter.com/soapyfrogs/status/13443027628”>Wed May 05 19:24:56 </a> via <a href=”http://www.tweetdeck.com” rel=”nofollow”>TweetDeck</a></span><span class=”metadata” style=”display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6;”><span class=”author” style=”line-height:19px;”><a href=”http://twitter.com/soapyfrogs”><img src=”http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/125558742/cartoonme_normal.jpg” style=”float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px;”></a><strong><a href=”http://twitter.com/soapyfrogs”>Stuart F Wallace</a></strong><br>soapyfrogs</span></span></p></div> <!— end of tweet —> <p>which is a good point. Britain’s not broken; it never was. Just its electoral system.</p> <p>Here’s something I said about that a while ago:</p> <!— http://twitter.com/devilgate/statuses/940771143 —> <p><style type=”text/css”>.bbpBox{background:url(http://s.twimg.com/a/1271891196/images/themes/theme5/bg.gif) #352726;padding:20px;}p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px}p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6}p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px}p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px}p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block}</style> </p><div class=”bbpBox”><p class=”bbpTweet”>Hey, the Tories: Society <em>isn’t</em> broken, and if it is, it’s partly the fault of your witch-queen &amp; her regime.<span class=”timestamp”><a title=”Tue Sep 30 16:37:55 +0000 2008” href=”http://twitter.com/devilgate/statuses/940771143”>Tue Sep 30 16:37:55 +0000 2008</a> via <a href=”http://echofon.com/” rel=”nofollow”>Echofon</a></span><span class=”metadata”><span class=”author”><a href=”http://twitter.com/devilgate”><img src=”http://a3.twimg.com/profile_images/53301097/Martin-shades-poster_normal.jpg”></a><strong><a href=”http://twitter.com/devilgate”>Martin McCallion</a></strong><br>devilgate</span></span></p></div> <!— end of tweet —> <p>I’m having fun with this tweet-embedding thing.</p></div>election 2010twitterhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/05/05/election-tweets-n-stuff/Wed, 05 May 2010 21:06:24 GMTThe Big Disappointmenthttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/05/05/disappointment/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><h4>The Boundaries of Voting</h4> <p>I’ve been boundary-changed, and it’s made it harder to decide who to vote for.</p> <p>At the last election (and until a couple of weeks ago) We were in Hackney South and Shoreditch, which was <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg_Hillier”>Meg Hillier’s</a> constituency. Meg wasn’t a bad constituency MP, at least inasmuch as she answered my emails the few times I got in touch with her. Not always in ways I agreed with, but still.</p> <p>But “ID Meg”, as I liked to think of her, was the government minister for ID Cards and the Database state; the biggest issue at all recent elections for me. Amusing, really, that she got into that role, if you consider <a href=”http://devilgate.org/blog/2005/04/27/things-can-only-get-different/”>my correspondence with her in 2005</a></p> <p>If we had lived on the other side of our street back then, we’d have been in <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Abbott”>Diane Abbott’s</a> constituency. She was opposed to the war, and to ID cards. Plus I like her on the telly (though some, apparently, complain about her second job; at least it’s a <a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_week/default.stm”>political programme</a> she’s on, even if it’s lightweight to the point of triviality).</p> <p>Five years ago I’d have voted for Diane. Today, with the boundary change, we’re in Hackney North and Stoke Newington, so I can.</p> <p>And I’m not going to.</p> <p>It’s all gone too far. Our electoral system is too fucked up; our Labour party is too fucked up, too corrupt. They have developed an alarming reflexive response, it seems, to always do exactly the wrong thing. A hung parliament — or, hey: a Liberal Democrat majority — might be just the change we need.</p> <p>At least that way there’s a chance we’d get some taste of electoral reform.</p> <h4>Houses. Plagues. You Know the Rest.</h4> <p>Diane’s leaflet came through the door today, and it tells me that she’s still against ID cards and the Iraq war. Why, then, I have to ask, does she still retain the Labour whip? It would be more honourable to resign.</p> <p>And I can’t honourably vote for the former Labour party any more (not that I did <a href=”http://devilgate.org/blog/2005/05/06/the-afternoon-after-the-morning-after-the-night-before/”>last time</a>, but remember, I was actively against the candidate then, too). We’ve come a long way now: we’ve reached the stage where I <em>want</em> Labour to lose. It’s a strange place to find myself.</p> <p>Maybe, I’ve always been more of a natural LibDem voter anyway. Any time I’ve done those “Political Compass”-type questionnaires, they tell me that the LibDems most closely match my answers.</p> <p>But even more than wanting Labour to lose, I want the <em>Tories</em> to lose. I remain profoundly mistrustful of them; I lived through the Thatcher years, you know? And It’s clear that, no matter how shiny Cameron may be, lots of his members remain the same old bastards. Witness this “<a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8660214.stm”>I cure gays</a>” bollocks from Phlippa Stroud. And Cameron has now backed her, I see. And she has <a href=”http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2010/05/the-observers-attack-on-philippa-stroud.html”>denied it</a>.</p> <p>So much for that. We know the Tories are the opposite of socially liberal; we know they take a reflexive antagonism to supporting public services; and we know we can’t trust them with the economy (you never can trust right wingers, because they believe the market is guided by an <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_hand”>invisible hand</a>; I mean, come <em>on</em>).</p> <h4>I Can’t Do Both, Gordie</h4> <p>So now Brown is <a href=”http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/05/gordon-brown-manchester-labour-poll-boost”>saying</a>, ‘Vote for the kind of country you believe in; and come home to Labour.’ Sorry, mon: Labour no longer represents the kind of country I believe in.</p> <p><a href=”http://www.keithangus.com/index.php”>Keith Angus</a> will be getting my vote.</p></div>Britain todayelection 2010general electionpoliticshttps://devilgate.org/blog/2010/05/05/disappointment/Wed, 05 May 2010 00:12:37 GMT