Beginning of the End

A total of 47 Labour MPs voted against the Brexit bill, joining 50 SNP MPs and seven Liberal Democrats. Just one Conservative MP, Ken Clarke, joined them in the division lobbies, to applause from Labour rebels.

A fifth of Labour MPs defy three line whip to vote against article 50 bill | Politics | The Guardian

Well done to all the rebels. But really, Tories: only one? Only Ken Clarke? Is that really you doing your duty, acting in the best interests of the country?

We’re living through the death of representative democracy.

The night after, and shame

Well how the hell did that happen? There are two questions there: How could the opinion polls be so wrong? and Why did all those people make such bad choices? On the radio they were talking about "shy Tories" as an answer to 1. That's a term that was coined after the 1992 election, apparently,…

Queues

Long queues at polling places are a sign, surely, of a country recently freed from tyranny, of one that is experiencing the chance to vote for the first time (I'm thinking of South Africa in 1994, for example). They are not something that you generally expect to see in a mature democracy like the USA.…

Floating

So "the Tories took Crewe and Nantwich":http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/may/23/crewebyelection08.byelections3 in the by-election. I don't understand (never have) the mentality, the mindset, the _brains_ of "floating voters":http://www.thefreedictionary.com/floating+voter. I'm not saying that no-one should ever change their mind, in politics or anything else; nor do I think that people can't be convinced by the arguments over issues - nor,…